Polycom Releases SIP 3.0

The SIP 3.0 feature release is now available. This release is applicable to all SoundPoint IP family products except SoundPoint IP 300 and 500 models.

-LDAP directories – combine your Email and phone directories in one !!!

-4-way local conferencing (SoundPoint IP 550, 560 and 650) without need for an audio bridge.

-On-phone control of local conferencing (SoundPoint IP 550, 560 and 650).

-Record and Playback calls (or parts of calls) to a USB memory device (IP 650).

-Voice Quality Metrics Monitoring on a SIP phone – keep track of the audio quality your users are hearing.

Enhanced configurability of the phone by system administrators

Interactive Speed-dial configuration for features such as Call Park that are accessed using ‘star codes’.

Refreshed “UI Look” for the IP 550, 560 and IP 650 products, including a customizable display background.

-Support for an “Electronic Hook-switch” solution with GN Netcom wireless headsets.
-Ability to disable the Speakerphone from configuration files.
-Support for SCA Bridging with the Broadworks server platform.

Note: The Release Notes should be carefully reviewed before deploying this release.

Digium AEX2400 Configuration Tool

One of the Challenging Aspects of Selecting the correct Digium AEX2400 Card has been understanding the part numbers associated with the AEX2400 configurations. In response to this I have created a tool that will enable end-usres to get the part they need and also understand the numbering methodology by Digium.

This tool is being reworked – Check back soon.

Digium Launches new line of 24 Port PCI Express Cards – Meet the Digium AEX2400

Digium announced a new and exciting product today via their blog… That product is the Digium AEX2400 – A new line of hardware designed to set the pace for whats next in the PCI/Asterisk hardware category.

As the company that basically created the market for companies like Sangoma (WINK DOUG) Digium has found itself in some cases following the lead of other manufacturers. However, with this technology I am sure there will be yet another online argument or two about which came first or which is bigger. LOL

Anyways, I just wanted to drop a quick like to tell the world- the Digium AEX2400P is in stock and ready to rock…

The Digium AEX2400 is available for order in our store @

Polycom Takes Top Honors with the SoundPoint IP 650 and SoundStation IP 4000

The IDG InfoWorld 2008 Technology of the Year awards have been announced, with over 40 products receiving the honor – including, within the networking category, honors for Polycom, which snagged several awards for its IP communications solutions.Polycom received awards for individual and group communications and was also named provider of the year’s best IP phone and also the best IP conference phone.Within the categories…The Polycom SoundPoint IP 650 was named as the year’s best product for use by executives and power users; this accolade represents best of breed technology both in terms of its feature/function and its aesthetics. I can certainly agree from an end-user’s perspective. The Polycom IP 650 simply looks at home on my desk and sounds better than any phone I have ever had the pleasure of testing…

In the table top conference category the Polycom SoundStation IP 4000 takes the prize, beating competing brands like Clearone from both analogue and VoIP product lines to be termed as possibly “the best conference room speakerphone in the world”.

Polycom SoundStation IP 7000 or the Cisco Unified IP Conference Station 7937G

If you have any experience with the latest versions of Polycom SoundPoint and SoundStation IP software you’ve probably noticed something interesting about the sip.cfg files. In the listing there are configuration variables for the Polycom IP 7000.

After a bit more research and digging I have found a post on the Trixbox site from a Polycom engineer that claims that the SoundStation IP 7000 is available today as an OEM Cisco phone- the Cisco Unified IP Conference Station 7937G… It has to be my guess that this was not “TOP SECRET”… Unfortunately the product is only available in Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP)


For those not in the know…

SCCP is a Cisco proprietary protocol used between Cisco Call Manager and Cisco VOIP phones. It is also supported by some other vendors and available in Asterisk – I guess in theory this conference room phone could be used with Asterisk under any of the two SCCP channel driver variants that available within the open source PBX.

More on Skinny:

For VOIP solutions, the end station of a LAN or IP- based PBX must be simple to use, familiar and relatively cheap. SCCP defines a simple and easy to use architecture, while the H.323 recommendations are quite an expensive system. An H.323 proxy can be used to communicate with the Skinny Client using the SCCP. In such a case the telephone is a skinny client over IP, in the context of H.323. A proxy is used for the H.225 and H.245 signaling.