How to Create Sub-Accounts & Locations in the Bandwidth Dashboard

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Chase Greiser

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Once you're logged in to the Bandwidth Dashboard, the first thing you'll want to do to ensure success is to set up your initial Sub-Accounts and Locations. The instructions for that setup are provided below.

 

*Please note that both the Sub-Accounts (Sites) and Locations (Sip Peers) are not intended to grow in an unbounded manner. We do not recommend moving beyond 50 Sub-Accounts, or 250 total Locations. System responsiveness and/or network issues may result if these thresholds are exceeded.

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Sub-Account:

You can think of Sub-Accounts, also known as Sites, as the Filing Cabinet of the Bandwidth Dashboard. Sub-Accounts contain a name that will appear in a list on the Home page on the Bandwidth Dashboard.  You can organize your Sub-Accounts as end-user based, location-based, or most any other method preferred.

Location:

Each Sub-Account can have as many locations as needed.  You can think of Locations, as the file folders in which your telephone numbers reside.  Your Locations will house your Routing IP's for Origination, Flat Rate Termination and Messaging, if subscribed to this feature.  Only 10 origination and termination IP addresses/DNS hosts may be provisioned for each single Location.  Locations also allow provisioning for SMS hosts, if subscribed to this feature.

 

To begin your account setup perform the following steps:

From the top Navigation menu, click 'Account' and then 'Add a Sub-Account'
Fill in the required information, such as a name, address and address type in the form presented and click Submit.
Next, create your Location. From the top Navigation menu, click 'Account' and then 'Locations' and click 'Add a Location'

A description of the fields in the ‘Add a Location’ provisioning box are provided below:

  • Sub-Account: Select a sub-account for which the Location should coincide.
  • Location Name: Name of the location. A name is required, but can be anything that makes sense to the location provisioning.
  • Description: An optional field where a description of this location can be entered if needed.
  • Set as Default: Mark this checkbox if you'd like for this Location to be the primary. This means that when you order and port, this Location will show up first after you select your Sub-Account.
  • CNAM Options: If you subscribe to the inbound CNAM per number feature, mark this checkbox to make 'CNAM Display' default to On.  Leave the checkbox unmarked to make 'CNAM Display' default to Off.  Mark the 'Enforced' checkbox to globally apply this setting.
  • Origination Hosts: For the Origination host, enter the IP address or DNS host in the box provided.  Click the plus sign to add additional IPs for routing.  The system can accept up to 10 IPs per Location. :
    • Sequential Failover: Traffic will failover on the IPs in the order in which they are entered.
    • Random: The system will failover to the IPs in a random order.
    • None: Only one IP can be entered for this selection and all calls will route to this IP
  • Termination Hosts: If you subscribe to our Flat Rate Termination product, then enter your IPs for routing outbound calls in this section.  If you subscribe to any of our other Termination products, your whitelist is housed in a separate database here at Bandwidth.
    • Note: To notify Bandwidth that you need to add additional Termination IPs, please open a ticket with Account Support.  We’ll be happy to take care of that for you.
  • SMS Hosts: If you’ve subscribed to Messaging services with Bandwidth, the SMS IP addresses may be entered here.
When you are finished, click ‘Submit’.

 

Now that you’ve set up your Sub-Accounts, and added your first Location, we recommend that you order a phone number from Bandwidth’s inventory to ensure that routing is working as intended.

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