UDP time-out value causes VoIP calls to drop or have poor quality

What to do if VoIP calls drop or have poor quality.


VoIP calls drop or have poor quality.


If there are no errors in the SIP configuration, VoIP issues are usually due to the UDP time-out value.

Sophos Firewall has a default UDP time-out of 60 seconds which is usually low for reliable VoIP communication. Usually the VoIP provider recommends a UDP time-out value, typically 150 seconds.

To change the current UDP time-out value from the command line interface (CLI), choose option 4. Device Console and do as follows:


  1. Type: show advanced-firewall

    The current UDP time-out value is shown next to UDP Timeout Stream.

  2. Type: set advanced-firewall udp-timeout-stream 150

    The above command will increase the UDP time-out to 150 seconds. If your provider recommends a different value, use that.