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About Cobalt IT
With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Cobalt IT has gained a reputation for being a leading IT services company and 3CX customers can now make use of their reliable, business-grade SIP trunks for use with their PBX.
Reference website: Cobalt IT
Before configuring the SIP trunk it is required to go through the following checklist and make changes where necessary:
- NAT (when used) created to 3CX
- Firewall Checker passed
- Firewall SIP ALG checked and if present disabled
Further setup information can be found in our Academy: 3CX Academy Basic Course
Some providers gained support and compatibility with 3CX on a specific product version. It is advisable to always run the latest version of 3CX to ensure ongoing compatibility.
Minimum 3CX Version: 3CX Phone System 15.5 SP6
Below is a short overview of the provider's capabilities and services and whether they’re supported or not:
- CLNS (Clip No Screening): Yes
- Catch All Routing: Yes
- Fax in T38: Yes
- CLIR (Number Suppression): Yes
- DTMF via RFC 2833: Yes
- Outbound Codec Order: G711U, G729
- NAT Support: Yes
Configuring the Trunk with 3CX
The general instructions outlining how to add a new SIP Trunk to your 3CX installation can be found here.
Adding the Trunk
Go to “SIP Trunks” and select “Add SIP Trunk”
- Select Country: US
- Select Provider in your Country: Cobalt IT
- Main trunk number: This will have been provided to you by Cobalt IT. You must enter the number in the national number format (e.g. 4101234567)
- Press OK
Under the “General” tab in the “Authentication” section, enter your Authentication ID and Password as well as the registrar address and proxy address (these will be supplied to you by Cobalt IT).
Once you have filled in these fields as given to you by Cobalt IT, scroll to the top of the page and press OK. At this point if you refresh the page you should see your Cobalt IT Trunk appear as Registered.
Adding Additional DIDs
To associate all other DIDs/Numbers you have in your Cobalt IT account with 3CX, go to the Management Console → SIP Trunks, double-click on your Cobalt IT Trunk and go to the “DIDs” tab
Here you should already see 1 entry; that is the Main Trunk number you have set. Add all other DIDs/Numbers you have to the list in the national number format (e.g. 4101234567) and press OK.
Creating Inbound Rules
Now that you have associated all your DIDs/Numbers with your SIP Trunk in 3CX, you can create Inbound Rules to set where calls will be routed when those numbers are called. Instructions on how to create Inbound Rules can be found here.
When configuring Cobalt IT SIP Trunks in 3CX, all numbers should be entered in the national number format (e.g. 4101234567), otherwise call routing will fail.
Outbound Caller ID
Cobalt IT Trunks support Clip No Screening which means you can present any number as Outbound Caller ID.
When configuring your Outbound Rules, numbers can be dialed in all valid number formats (10-digit and 11-digit dialing). More information about how to create Outbound Rules and how they work can be found here.