beroNet Gateways Setup

Overview

beroNet are a German Gateway vendor who offer a modular construction, meaning you can cover different connection types with on device. Their modular construction make them a popular choice as VoIP Gateways for our Hardware based and virtualized IP PBX solutions.

beroNet VoIP Gateways

The beroNet Gateway is connected via LAN and is assigned an IP address from the telephone network. Connections to the public telephone network and analogue terminal devices are established using the front ports. beroNet Boxes allow for the installation of various modules. Depending on the module, the front ports are compatible with analogue or ISDN devices. Due to the LAN connection, beroNet Boxes can be easily integrated with a pascom virtual appliance.

beroNet Gateway

beroNet Cards

beroNet expansion cards can be mounted directly in a pascom hardware appliance and are automatically assigned an IP address from the zero-config network range 169.254.0.0/16 during boot. With exception of this difference configuration of beroNet Gateways and expansion cards

ISDN and Analog Extensions

Extensions such as fax devices, fax servers, telephones, door openers etc. can either be connected directly or using SIP.

Direct connection

beroNet direct connection

Calls will not be converted to SIP and sent over the phone system server, but rather they are routed directly on the beroNet device. If, for example, there is an inbound call for the fax device, the beroNet device will directly connect it to the fax device.

The advantage of this approach is that connections are not converted to SIP, which gives superior results when a fax must be used. Direct connections can also be used if ISDN data must be transmitted.

The disadvantage here is that the PBX will not be made aware of those calls. Therefore, the server is not able to manage the call flow, e.g. forward the call to another device after a timeout, check for business hours, etc. In addition to that, the ISDN trunk and the extension must be connected to the same beroNet hardware.

Connecting via SIP

beroNet via SIP

Via SIP means that all calls to the corresponding extension are routed per SIP over your telephony system. Therefore, should a call for the fax device come in, it will be firstly routed via 1 to the phone system and then further via 2 to the analog fax device.

The advantage of this method is that connections are routed through the PBX, thus allowing the pascom PBX to manage the call flow, e.g. forward the call to another device after a timeout, check for business hours, etc. In this case, the extension and the trunks do not have to be connected to the same BeroNet hardware.

The downside here is that in some cases, fax applications might not be so stable and ISDN data transmission is also not possible.

Preparation

As a first step, Beronet boxes or expansion cards each need to be equipped with suitable modules. If you ordered your hardware through pascom, the module already pre-installed. For further details such as port assignment etc. For more information, please see the Beronet Documentation.

PCI expansion cards can be easily added to a pascom server. The card will automatically receive an IP address from the 169.254.0.0/16 subnet.

Individual BeroNet boxes need be connected to your switch. Next, connect the power supply and start the box. An IP address will automatically be assigned through DHCP. In case you do not have a DHCP server in your network, the phone system can still detect and configure the box as long as it is within the same subnet.

Configuration

Detecting and Adding beroNet Hardware

pascom phone systems will detect the new hardware automatically once you have connected your beroNet expansion card or Box to the LAN. Please note that beroNet Boxes need to be in the same subnet as the PBX for this to work.

In the pascom web interface, select > and press the button. The phone system will then try to detect your beroNet hardware: Screenshot - beroNet Gateway identication

If the detection process is unsuccessful or the beroNet Box is in a different subnet from the PBX, you can add the hardware manually by clicking the button.

The drop-down menu lists all detected beroNet Boxes and expansion cards: Screenshot - add beroNet Gateway

Enter your data in the fields Username and Password to authenticate with the webserver running on the beroNet device. The default user name and password is admin*. You cannot change the username or password at this point yet.

With beroNet Gateways it is also possible to modify the network configuration, i.e. the IP address, netmask and gateway settings. If you do not want to change these settings, you can just leave them blank. If you have a PCI expansion card installed, the network setting is configured automatically and cannot be changed.

To continue, press which will lead to a summary screen highlight which modules are installed on each beroNet card or Gateway. Press Save to store your changes.

Alternatively, you can now add a trunk and the corresponding inbound / outbound rules by checking the Create Trunk entry.

Creating ISDN trunks

A common use case for beroNet hardware is to connect ISDN trunks to it. To do so, select the gateway you want to use from the list, click the button and then switch to the Allocation tab.

Screenshot - Add ISDN Trunk

Under to configure either a BRI or PRI Trunk line .

Screenshot - Add ISDN Trunk in Detail

Double-clicking on the record field will open a more detailed view in which you select which Ports are allocated to the trunk. It is possible to select multiple options here as a BRI that is configured to use the PP protocol allows for several NTs to be aggregated so they form a single trunk.

Under and to configure the interface type. For BRI connections in PP mode, the interface should be set to TE and PTP.

You have now configured the interface of the beroNet hardware. For complete functionality, you should now continue with Trunks and Call Rules configuration.

Adding ISDN / Analog Endpoints

Choose the required Gateway from the list and select and go to the Allocation tab.

In diesem Schritt konfigurieren Sie lediglich den Anschluss auf der beroNet Hardware. Zur vollständigen Funktion fahren Sie nun mit Aemter und Rufregeln anlegen fort.

ISDN oder Analoge Nebenstellen anlegen

Selektieren Sie das entsprechende Gateway aus der Liste aus, wählen Sie und schalten Sie dann auf den Tab Belegung um.

Screenshot - Add Analog Endpoint

The dropdown includes the following options:

Type Description Uses
Analogue terminal directly Analogue terminal device being routed directly on beroNet hardware Fax, door control, fire alarm system
Analogue terminal via SIP Analogue terminal device being routed on the PBX Telephones
ISDN telephony directly ISDN telephone being routed directly on beroNet hardware Emergency phone
ISDN fax directly ISDN fax being routed directly on beroNet hardware Fax server (e.g. Tobit Faxware)
ISDN data directly ISDN data transmission line being routed directly on beroNet hardware Online banking, ISDN machine control, burglar alarm
ISDN telephone via SIP ISDN telephone being routed on the PBX Telephones

You have now configured the connection of the beroNet hardware. For complete functionality, you should now continue with Endpoint deployment.