Asterisk Baby Monitor

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Asterisk can be configured as a baby monitor. The cool thing is that it can be multi-baby and multi-parent, and can even be configured for remote access. I set mine up with an old corded speaker phone in the baby's room, and a cordless phone as the parent unit.

It uses a MeetMe conference bridge, with the parent's microphone muted, and the baby's earpiece muted.

Configuring The Monitor

meetme.conf

Here's how you create the conference bridge:

[rooms]
conf => 222


extensions.conf

First, create the extension into which the parent unit(s) will dial. The lowercase m in the MeetMe function will mute the parent's microphone, so as not to transmit sound in to the baby's room.

exten => 222,1,NoOp(>>>> CONNECTING TO MONITOR MODE FROM REMOTE PHONE <<<<)
exten => 222,n,MeetMe(222,m)

Next, create a context for the baby unit(s). The lowercase t MeetMe option sets it to talk-only, so the earpiece of the phone should not play any conversation from the parent unit(s). The q option also suppresses the notification that plays when someone joins the conference.

[BABY-MONITOR]
exten => s,1,NoOp(>>>> CONNECTING TO MONITOR MODE FROM BABY'S ROOM <<<<)
exten => s,n,MeetMe(222,tq)


chan_dahdi.conf

This creates an analogue line to put in to the baby's room. You can also use SIP, IAX or any other protocol, instead of DAHDI.

It's set with the BABY-MONITOR context and immediate=yes. The result is that it will automatically go to the s extension in that context when the handset is picked up (or if you activate speakerphone, if the phone has it), without the need to dial. It also has the txgain set to -100, just to further suppress any sounds that may be sent to the phone.

[channels]
group=4
context=BABY-MONITOR
signalling=fxo_ks
immediate=yes
txgain=-100
channel => 4