The other day I found myself banging my head on the table to diagnose an issue with Ringback tone on an SS7 link and the IMS.
On the IMS side, no RBT was heard, but I could see the Media Gateway was sending RTP packets to the TAS, and the TAS was sending it to the UE, but was there actual content in the RTP packets or was it just silence?
If this was PCM / G711 we’d be able to just playback in Wireshark, but alas we can’t do this for the AMR codec.
Filter the RTP stream out in Wireshark
Inside Wireshark I filtered each of the audio streams in one direction (one for the A-Party audio and one for the B-Party audio)
Then I needed to save each of the streams as a separate PCAP file (Not PCAPng).
Turn into AMR File
With the audio stream for one direction saved, we can turn it into an AMR file, using Juan Noguera (Spinlogic)’s AMR Extractor tool.
Clone the Repo from git, and then in the same directory run:
python3 pcap_parser.py -i AMR_B_Leg.pcap -o AMR_B_Leg.3ga
Playback with VLC / Audacity
I was able to play the file with VLC, and load it into Audacity to easily see that yes, the Ringback Tone was present in the AMR stream!