What is SIP ALG and Why You Should Turn it Off

 

What is SIP ALG and Why Should I Turn it Off?

SIP ALG stands for Application Layer Gateway and is a common component in many commercial routers. It is intended to prevent by inspecting VoIP traffic (packets) and if necessary, modifying it.

Many routers have SIP ALG turned on by default which can negatively affect VoIP.

Even though SIP ALG is intended to assist users with phones on in many cases it is implemented poorly and actually causes more problems than it solves. Many providers often find that the SIP ALG modifies SIP packets in unexpected ways, corrupting them and making them unreadable. This can cause unexpected behaviors, such as phones not registering and incoming calls failing.

If you are experiencing problems, we recommend that you check your router settings and turn SIP ALG off if it is enabled.

The method to disable SIP ALG will depend on your router. In the first instance, we recommend checking the manufacturer’s handbook that came with your device. Alternatively check the internet and support forums for advice (type your router make and model into a search engine, along with “disable SIP ALG”).

 

For more information, contact OSI at (800)677-1778 or info@osi-technology.com

OSI Technology is a voice and data solutions provider with 36 years of experience in consulting, designing, deploying and servicing best-in-class solutions that drive business security, productivity and efficiencies no matter the business size.