Cisco’s New SIP DECT Offering

If you’ve been following the .e4 report for any amount of time you have noticed that a common theme around these parts is mobility. In this über connected world we are always looking for better ways to cut the cord and disconnect from our desks.

It was recently announced that Polycom would cut loose their Kirk line-up. This and other shortcomings from various vendors in the space have left the door open for a new contender and we’ve received a first look at Cisco’s new offering designed with small business in mind. I first heard rumblings about this product about four years ago. I’m happy to see that it will soon be here and that there were more than a few surprises.

What do SIP DECT, CATiq, and the Linksys SPA3102 have in common?

Not much you would think- However, cisco will soon announce (if they haven’t already) that the 3102 will go the way of the dodo, making room for something much better. As you’ve possibly guessed Cisco has already created a new analog telephone adapter that incorporates all three keywords listed in the first sentence of this very paragraph.

Check out the new Cisco SPA232D and Cisco SPA302. Together these two devices make up one of the most innovative small business telephone solutions that I have seen in a very long time. The new Cisco SPA232D offers the world the flexibility of single port FXO & FXS while also doubling as SIP DECT access point.

I recently had the fortunate luck of tinkering with the new devices and was very pleased with both the ease of use and overall look a feel of the product. I was particularly impressed with the new Cisco’s SIP DECT system and its easy transfer options as well as its ability to host four concurrent calls on each SPA232D. This raises the bar for all competing products and it has an FXO port for 911 dialing or stand alone use. The fact that it also has support for T.38 and an FXS port for your fax machine makes this device a triple threat.

Cisco SPA232D Features:

  • 1 FXS + 1 FXO
  • A page button for those hard to find SPA302s
  • 4 simultaneous active calls!!!
  • Multi-handset registration
  • TR-069
  • Integral router/bridge
  • T.38 support
  • Dual 10/100 Ethernet Ports

Cisco SPA302 Features:

  • Easy transferring!!!
  • HD Voice g.722
  • 1.8″ back-lit color display
  • Speakerphone
  • 2.5mm Headset jack
  • 10 hours of talk time
  • 120 hours of standby time

Cisco has been known to go for the jugular- This cordless solution is no exception. With list for the device being comparable to pricing for the old 3102 ATA this new SOHO SIP phone will surely make a splash. I fully expect this to be a hit and cant wait to try one at e4.

.e4 is a purveyor of this and other wireless voip phones. Click Here to reach our sales team by chat or call us any time at 877.434.8647

 

On My Desk: The new Polycom VVX 600

IMHO quality still counts. I’m the type of person that buys the best simply because I know that phrases like “you get what you pay for” exist for a reason. A great example of this has been Polycom’s effort to deliver the best business telephones available.  Over the years we have seen Polycom consistently deliver the highest quality SIP telephones available through their popular SoundPoint and SoundStation lines, and their new business media phone line-up is no exception.

Check out the new Polycom VVX 600

Borrowing from the Popular VVX 500 concept, the new 600 takes an already good thing and makes it bigger and better. Execs and tech geeks alike now have the ability to access key biz apps like Microsoft 0ffice 365’s calendar, meeting alerts, and LDAP directory integration (if that is how you roll) without having to rely on the phone’s PBX for the features.  The Polycom VVX 600 out classes other touch screen phones by making the display larger and deploying  gesture based call control to simplify use. The VVX 500 and 600 will also have an optional Camera accessory that will soon be available so that “face to face” communication will be possible with the popular VVX 1500.

Here’s the VVX 600 next to the VVX 500…

For the record…  .e4 sells this and many other SIP and Microsoft Lync telephones.  As mentioned before there is no question about it, I think Polycom makes the best voip and I’m a fan-boy… Why? because it has to work and life is too short to talk on crappy phones.

Contact .e4 today. for more information on this and other exciting Polycom products. We can be reached through Our Live Chat Interface and by phone at 877.434.8647

P.S. I know Polycom sold the Kirk line off but does it get much cooler than this setup?

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snom Releases Version 8.7.3.15

snom announced the release of their latest IP phone software version 8.7.3.15.

Release notes and additional technical information can be found here :

This release has not been tested by .e4 and updates should not be performed without first reviewing their known issues section.

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Press Release: Sangoma to Highlight Its Continuing Support for Asterisk at AstriCon 2012

Sangoma will spotlight new telephony boards for Asterisk offering unparalleled capacity and new market-driven capabilities during the exhibition

Toronto, Canada — (Marketwire – October 17, 2012) –Sangoma Technologies Corporation (TSX VENTURE:STC), a leading provider of hardware and software components that enable or enhance IP Communications Systems for both voice and data, will showcase its latest innovative hardware and software products at the AstriCon User Conference and Expo, scheduled for October 23 through 25, 2012 at the Sheraton Atlanta in Atlanta. Sangoma will feature its latest technology solutions at the event, including the high-density A116 16-Span digital telephony board and the Vega400 Session Border Controller (SBC). Sangoma will be located in booth #32 throughout the Expo.

“Since the last AstriCon event, while other vendors have reduced board development efforts, Sangoma has released three new telephony boards designed for the Asterisk community, and we have no intention of slowing down,” said Nenad Corbic, vice president of software development at Sangoma. “Sangoma is pleased to contribute to this community and to be a part of the creativity generated by the close interaction between vendors, developers, and users at AstriCon that can result in a whole new wave of groundbreaking communications solutions. And we are once again looking forward to participating in AstriCon’s top-notch educational program.”

In the event’s technical program, Sangoma’s David Yat Sin will share Sangoma-developed code that facilitates the integration of GSM boards with the Asterisk platform in a session titled “LibWAT – A Common Command Library for GSM Cards Using chan_dahdi.” The session is included in the conference’s Innovation Track and will take place at 3:30pm on Wednesday, October 24.

In 2012, Sangoma has dramatically expanded its range of telephony boards and chassis-based technology solutions that enable system developers and implementers interconnect disparate technologies and networks. Among the board solutions on display in the Sangoma booth will be the A116 Board, a 16-Span board that doubles the density of any other board in the market, the B500 BRI board, and the W400 GSM board for wireless network integration. Sangoma will also highlight its Vega gateway and appliance solutions that facilitate the integration of many Asterisk-based products into public and private networks. The Vega400 SBC is a cost-effective and flexible appliance that provides secure connectivity across IP-IP borders while seamlessly managing the potential differences in SIP implementations often faced in the field.

“Sangoma has been an active part of the Asterisk community from its very beginning,” continued Corbic. “The open source community has had a profound impact on the ways in which people and businesses connect. Sangoma is proud to be a part of this success, and we look forward to contributing for many years to come.”

Sangoma’s award-winning line of telephony interface boards provides native support for Asterisk as well as other open source projects. In addition the company provides an industry-leading solution portfolio that enables the interworking of a wide variety of disparate TDM and IP networks, clouds, protocols, services, devices, and applications. Included are award-winning voice and data boards, transcoding and gateway software, and standalone gateway appliances that are designed for simple integration with open source and closed source IP PBX applications, contact centers, unified communications systems and service provider networks.

More at www.sangoma.com

Price Drop: Polycom SoundPoint IP 670

.e4 recently acquired a large number of Polycom IP 670 SIP phones.  These phones are like new and have been flashed with the latest stable firmware version and cleaned. Any parts of the phone that required attention such as handset cords and cables have been replaced.

Here’s what you get:

  • 1 Polycom SoundPoint IP 670 telephone < Gigabit
  • 1 Handset and cord
  • 1 Stand
  • 1 Ethernet cable

*The phone does not include the optional 48v power supply.

Contact .e4 today for more information on how Aastra VoIP phones.

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PBXact Compatible Phones

In a the world of SIP interoperability it is easy for a manufacturer to say this phone works with that PBX. From a standards perspective most SIP phones should work with most SIP PBX system, however, we all know better.

Check out PBXact. This system boasts the largest number of auto-provisioned SIP endpoints in the market today (Over 120) making this reseller solution easy to use and more importantly for resellers, PBXact makes it easy to work with the phones you know versus needing to learn a phone that isn’t necessarily in your wheelhouse.

The basics…

PBXact’s endpoint manager or EPM as it is known is the most comprehensive VoIP provisioning utilities available in the market today. This tool makes it easy to provision phones and SIP gateways but takes an addition approach by enabling admins with the ability to customize the configuration on a per file basis so that additional features can be deployed that aren’t available in EPM out of the box.

How does it all work?

Configuring phones via PBXact’s Endpoint Manager is simple. First, you start by setting the provisioning system’s global settings. This is where you set the server address and vital information such as the phone’s admin username, password , and sip port.

Select your device and build a template.

This is the section where you have the most flexibility.  As mentioned, EPM supports over 120 phone models from just about every VoIP phone manufacturer. You’ll have out of the box, customizable setup for phones from Polycom, Aastra, Snom, Cisco and more.  The PBX also support easy provisioning for Algo’s SIP door phone line and VoIP gateways like Sangoma’s Vega series.

Templates are defined on a per manufacturer basis and allow you to define what the line keys do and which devices are provision-able with in the line. You can set BLFs and ever configure sidecars and ATAs.

In this example our customer’s system is using Cisco Small Business SIP phones… I’ve selected the SPA504G and SPA303 in our template and also check the SPA942 to demonstrate that it also supports the vintage stuff for those migrating older gear to PBXact.

Basic changes for the line keys are available directly in the template. For extra flavor one could define separate templates for each phone model or user group. We even have the ability to set the line keys to busy lamp field (aka BLF Key) so that you can monitor the hook state of other users defined in the template.

Speed dials are a snap! Just type them in — It lets you set a default set within this interface.

Once you’ve created your templates and configured the global settings of the PBXact’s endpoint manager you will need to define which VoIP phones go to which extensions. The “extension mapping” section allows you to define by mac address which template is used for which phones.  You’ll also be able to define which devices use which templates should you have a mixed bag of users and multiple device manufacturers.

You can also delete, reboot, and rebuild config files from the extension mapping section.

As of 10/14/2012 the systems supports the following list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly…

Contact .e4 today for more information on how PBXact’s endpoint manager can help you build an advanced business phone system for your customers.

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What is a Wideband VoIP Codec?

A VoIP codec (“coder – decoder”) is an algorithm that squeezes (the “coder”) digitized audio so it fits more easily into a VoIP data channel, and then re-expands it (the “decoder”) so you can hear the audio once again. “Wideband” means that the audio has much higher fidelity than old-fashioned analog phones and 20 kHz is wideband audio, extended to the very top edge of human hearing.

Please check out our webstore for a full range of wideband VoIP phones. You can also call us at 231.942.4162