An unusual situation arose this week during my attempts to get Voicemail to successfully send email notifications.
After giving up on Sendmail, I followed Ben’s advice (http://dumbme.mbit.com.au/piaf/piaf_without_tears.pdf) and used Postfix - all good.
I was therefore very surprised to find that after achieving this success, 2 of my extensions were no longer registered.
All the extensions running from ATA’s were ok (SPA3000, SPA3102, PAP2T), but the 2 SIP phones (Linksys SPA901) were ‘failed’.
Eventually I looked at the Asterisk logfile and noticed these 2 extensions were failing with a message such as:
NOTICE chan_sip.c: Registration from ‘“The Cottage” sip:[email protected]’ failed for ‘10.1.1.93’ - Wrong password
Since I had not changed any passwords during the Sendmail/Postfix saga I was confused.
However I tried changing the passwords, from something like:
to a ‘bare minimum for testing purposes’ format like:
You guessed it, the SPA901 now registered.
Not satisfied, I returned the passwords to their previous 20 character ‘gobbledygook’ format and rather satisfyingly, but still confusingly, registration failed.
So I created new 20 character passwords, but only allowing upper and lower case a-z and digits - all registered again.
What is still confusing me, but I’m leaving it alone, is why the ATA’s are still happy with their ‘odd symbol’ password format (#%!) etc., and why the SPA901’s suddenly lost the plot.
I have never posted here before, but maybe recording this experience will be of value to someone else - even though I really can’t explain WHY there was a problem.
My system is running
The SPA901’s are at f/w rev 5.1.5