Endpoints is a term used with the Vonage Voice API to describe the different destinations a call could be connected to. Each endpoint type has its own addressing format and other related metadata that can be sent along with the call. The most common type of endpoint used is
phone, which is for making phone calls to regular phone numbers anywhere in the world. This network of phones is known as the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
phone endpoint takes a required value of
number which is the number to be called in E.164 format. E.164 format is the full international format without any leading zeros or + signs, for example
447700900123 for the UK or
14155550100 for the US.
You can also send an optional
dtmfAnswer parameter which is a string of digits 0-9 along with
p characters that would be sent via DTMF when the call is answered. Each pause (
p) is 500ms.
SIP is used to connect a call to your own SIP system such as an office PBX or other telephony service using the standards laid down in RFC3261.
uri should be constructed as a SIP URL in the format
sip:firstname.lastname@example.org by default Vonage will connect to port 5060 unless another port is specified in the URI. You can specify TLS for the SIP transport by adding
;transport=tls to the end of your URI.
Media will be sent via UDP on all ports.
For more information on the IP addresses used for SIP traffic originating from Vonage see What IP addresses should I allow in order to receive voice traffic from Vonage?
Vonage offers the ability to connect a call to a WebSocket endpoint where the audio of the call is sent and received in real-time over a long-lived HTTP connection.
With websockets, Vonage acts as the HTTP client and makes an HTTP request to your web server which should then upgrade that connection to a websocket.
The endpoint is addressed via a
uri parameter which should be a standard websocket URL, starting with either
ws:// for plain HTTP or
wss:// for TLS enabled servers. The
Content-Type parameter can be set to
audio/l16;rate=8000, depending on if you need the data at 16kHz or 8kHz. Most real-time transcription services work best with audio at 8kHz.
headers parameter can be passed containing a JSON object of key value pairs that you want to send. The maximum size of this headers parameter is 512 bytes.
sip endpoint types, the
from field must be a Vonage Number associated with your account in E.164 format. This will then be used as the caller ID on the receiving phone. For SIP endpoints it will take the format
vbc endpoint enables you to connect an inbound call on a Vonage Business Cloud (VBC) programmable number to the VBC extension you specify in the
extension property of the endpoint.