[Freeswitch-users] FreeSWITCH Erroneously Reconnects Calls

kevintestfire kevin at testfire.io
Wed May 11 19:24:14 MSD 2016


We have a mobile app that allows users to place video conference calls
without a user-facing concept of accounts. A user is able to press a button,
and then they are sent a generated username, password, and conference number
to send up to our FreeSWITCH server to connect their calls. This setup works
fine for us under normal circumstances but fails in a puzzling way under the
following circumstances:

1: User starts the mobile app
2: User places a call (Call A)
3: User force kills the app 
4: User re-opens the app 
5: User places a second call (Call B)

Under this scenario, the video is directed correctly to Call B, but the
audio is erroneously redirected to Call A which is still alive because the
mobile app terminated without sending a BYE request. Additionally, when
using a network monitor on the mobile device, we noticed that there are two
open connections to FreeSWITCH, one on the local port we expect, and a
second incoming connection on the lowest RTP port used by our mobile VoIP
library. This only happens on these bad calls, and does not occur under
normal circumstances.

We considered the possibility that the VoIP library we've been using on the
mobile side could be the problem, but this issue persists even if we
reinstall the application or reset the phone. Changing networks from our
office Wifi network to LTE between Call A and Call B usually fixes the
problem for us, so we suspect that FreeSWITCH has some internal logic to
reconnect a caller to a call by IP address, ignoring the fact that when the
device reconnects, its username, password, and conference number are
different than the call FreeSWITCH is trying to reconnect it to. 

Of course, that's speculation on our part. We've combed through the
FreeSWITCH logs and can't find anything unusual on call B that suggests any
sort of redirection of audio. We would appreciate any advice you could give

- Kevin 

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