The Conferences Module is used to create a single extension number that your users can dial so that they can talk to each other in a conference call. It also creates a destination to which you can send calls so that they can participate in the conference call. For example, you could create a Conference that will allow your local phones to dial 800, and then enter into a conference call.
From the top menu click Applications
In the drop down click Conferences
Optional unless the “leader wait” option is in use – Enter a PIN number for the admin user. When a user enters this PIN, he/she will be identified as the conference leader.
Yes/No – Whether to present a menu (user or admin) when ‘*’ is received (‘send’ to menu)
Give this conference a brief name to help you identify it.
Use this number to dial into the conference.
Creating a Conference Room
Click the Add button.
Fill in the information on the form
Message to be played to the caller before joining the conference. Default = none. The drop-down menu allows you to select a recording that has been created in the System Recordings module.
Yes/No – Whether to wait until the conference leader (admin user) arrives before starting the conference.
Enter the maximum number of users allowed to join this conference. Enter “0” for unlimited.
Music on Hold
Yes/No – Whether to enable Music On Hold when the conference has a single caller.
Music on Hold Class
Select the music (or Commercial) played to the caller while they wait for the conference to start. Choose “inherit” if you want the MoH class to be what is currently selected, such as by the inbound route. This music is defined in the Music on Hold module.
Mute on Join
Yes/No – Whether to mute everyone when they initially join the conference. Please note that if you do not have “Leader Wait” set to “Yes,” you will need to have “Allow Menu” set to “Yes” to be able to un-mute yourself.
Yes/No – Whether to use quiet mode. If quiet mode is enabled, enter/leave sounds will not be played.
Yes/No – Whether to record the conference call.
Yes/No – Whether to use talker detection. With talker detection, Asterisk will send events on the Manager Interface identifying the channel that is talking. The talker will also be identified on the output of the meetme list CLI command.
Yes/No – Whether to use talker optimization. With talker optimization, Asterisk treats talkers who are not speaking as being muted. This means that no encoding is done on transmission, and that received audio that is not registered as talking is omitted, preventing buildup in background noise.
Yes/No – Whether to announce the user count to a user who joins the conference.
Optional – You can require callers to enter a password before they can enter this conference. If either PIN is entered, the user will be prompted to enter a PIN. The user PIN should be different from the admin PIN.
Yes/No – Whether to announce user join/leave. If this option is enabled, all users will be asked to say their name before they join the conference, and their name will be then announced when they join the conference.