Monthly Archives: May 2012

How to Configure Panasonic IP Phone with Asterisk

The Panasonic SIP IP Phones are top-notch end points from a brand name you trust. Getting them setup and working usually isn’t very difficult if you know what info needs to go into what fields.  The following tutorial applies to the follow phones, however, some interfaces may change slightly from model to model: KX-UT113-B, KX-UT123-B, KX-UT133-B, KX-UT136-B, KX-UT248, KX-UT670, KX-TGP500, KX-TGP550.

Configure Panasonic

First you will need to setup the extension on your Asterisk System (the process can vary depending on the distribution). From this process, you will need the:

  • IP Address of the Asterisk Server: ie: 192.168.42.100
  • SIP Port of the Asterisk Server: ie: 5060
  • Extension SIP ID/Alias: ie: MAC Address of phone
  • Extension Number: ie: 7000
  • Extension Password: ie: 1234pass
  • Voicemail Access Number: ie: 8500

Next we will get started on configuring the phone itself.  Please note, this is tutorial on how to get your phone connected.  Advanced functionality is not covered:

  • Connect the phone to the network and power it on
  • Once connected to the network, you will need to turn on embedded web from the individual phone settings (turns off after a while). Press the Setup button > Select Embedded web > Select On
  • Open up a web browser of your choice and type in the IP Address of the Panasonic IP Phone into the address bar.  A login screen should appear.  The default login is L: admin P: adminpass.
  • Once logged in, you should make sure you have upgraded the firmware to the current version, the link to the admin guide and firmware files can be found here: http://www.panasonic.net/pcc/support/sipphone/download/us.html
  • Select the VoIP tab and click on Line 1 under SIP Settings.  Fill in these fields:
  • Phone Number: Extension # assigned in Asterisk. ie 7000
  • SIP URI: Extension SIP ID/Alias assigned in Asterisk. ie: MAC Address of phone
  • Registrar Server Address: IP Address of the Asterisk Server. ie: 192.168.42.100
  • Registrar Server Port: SIP Port of the Asterisk Server. ie: 5060
  • Proxy Server Address: IP Address of the Asterisk Server. ie: 192.168.42.100
  • Proxy Server Port: SIP Port of the Asterisk Server. ie: 5060
  • Presence Server Adress: IP Address of the Asterisk Server. ie: 192.168.42.100
  • Presence Server Port: SIP Port of the Asterisk Server. ie: 5060
  • Outbound Proxy Server Address: IP Address of the Asterisk Server: ie: 192.168.42.100
  • Outbound Proxy Server Port: SIP Port of the Asterisk Server: ie: 5060
  • SIP Authentication ID: Extension SIP ID/Alias on the Asterisk. ie: MAC Address of phone
  • SIP Authentication Password: Extension Password on the Asterisk. ie: 1234pass

Config Panasonic with Asterisk Graph1Click Save

Lastly, Select the Telephone tab.  Then Select Line 1 under Call Control.  Fill in these fields:  Voice Mail Access Number: Voicemail Access Number on the Asterisk: ie: 8500

Config Panasonic with Asterisk Graph2Click Save and reboot the phone.

Your Pansonic IP Phone should be configured to work on your Asterisk IP PBX.  Any question? Just leave a comment or contact us at The Telecom Spot for assistance.

Why Video Conference? Read About Some of its Top Benefits

Still haven’t made the leap to video conferencing?  Well it’s time to consider with all the benefits video conferencing could bring to your business or organization.  One of our customers were able to save over $30,000/year in travel expenses by reducing the need to travel from branch-to-branch with one of our video conferencing solutions.

Based on Polycom’s research, some top benefits are:

  1. Reduced travel costs
    • By substituting routine business trips with video conferencing – you get all the benefit of face-to-face meeting without the cost of traveling.
  2. Increased productivity
    • The time saved from traveling could be put to better use on other business matters.
    • By using video conferencing to conduct distant meetings instead of non-visual methods like emails/instant messaging/phone calls, your workforce could better understand and  collaborate with their colleagues based on additional visual cues.
  3. Improved hiring and retention of top talent for your work force
    • Instead of paying for the recruiter or candidates to travel for interviews, organizations could reduce time and expenses to conduct the interview over video conferencing either from their own home or via satellite offices.
    • Additionally, video conferences could be recorded for post-analysis instead of relying on pure memory or notes taken during the interview process to assist in the hiring decision.
  4. Sustained competitive advantage
    • Workforce can communicate via video to share knowledge and improve communication/collaboration.
    • Sales and support forces can also utilize video conferencing to engage their customer/clients and built the personal relationship needed for the business.
    • Video also allows executives to appeal directly to numerous audiences at once in their pipeline.
  5. Green technology
    • And of course, by communicating over video the need for travel is reduced along with the associated carbon foot print.

Okay, so the benefits of video conferencing are clear but where do we start?  It is important to incorporate the right video conferencing solution for your business or organization so we’ve selected a couple of our favorite models for your consideration.  You can also browse our entire video conferencing selections at The Telecom Spot, or talk with one of our helpful consultants about your conferencing needs.

AVer HVC310 (Model: COMMSH310)

 

Polycom VVX 1500 (Model: 2200-180691-025)

 

AVer HVC310 COMMSH310 Polycom VVX 1500 2200-180691-025
The Aver HVC310 is the most versatile HD video conferencing solution on the market today. It combines premium features such as full duplex audio, HDMI, multi-site conferencing and recording into a single budget-friendly, easy-to-use system. The included 3-year warranty with one year of advanced replacement is an AVer exclusive, and a testament to their solution’s reliability.

Core Features:

  • Full duplex audio and echo cancellation for unmatched voice clarity
  • HDMI connectivity provides full digital HD video conferencing
  • External microphone support is perfect for presentations and lectures
  • Share content wirelessly from your desktop with ScreenShare software
  • Transform your mobile device into a system remote and share images using our VCLink mobile app
  • Industry’s only 3-year warranty, including one year of advanced replacement and 2-way shipping
  • Precision 7x optical zoom PTZ auto focus 5 megapixel camera ideal for a variety of conferencing environments
  • Powerful codec produces amazing HD full motion video even with limited bandwidth
  • Dual display support for versatile viewing using two monitors
  • Embedded 4-way multipoint control unit (MCU)
  • Direct to USB flash drive recording to capture live video and content for training or review
  • Exclusive Snapshot captures crisp high resolution snapshots to save or share
  • RS-232 support for seamless integration with podium controls

 

Read more at http://www.thetelecomspot.com/aver-hvc310.html

 

The first business media phone that combines advanced telephony, one-touch video, and integrated business applications into a seamless, lifelike experience. The Polycom VVX 1500 comes bundled with several applications including the Polycom Productivity Suite, which enables users to initiate and control audio conference calls right from the device’s screen as well as record calls locally using a flash drive in the phone’s USB port.

The Polycom VVX 1500 also features a free Web service called My Info Portal through which customers can select to receive content such as local weather reports and other personalized information on the screen when the device is not in a voice or video call.

Core Features:

  • Intuitive, color touch-screen interface for voice, video and applications
  • Six-line, feature-rich phone with Polycom HD Voice
  • Instant, one-touch business-grade video conferencing right from the desktop
  • Adjustable camera, base, and display to suit the environment and provide eye-level visual interactions
  • Highly customizable applications platform with open Polycom API, integrated full browser and USB 2.0 for applications
  • Bundled with productivity and personalization applications, including Polycom Productivity Suite, Polycom My Info Portal and Digital Photo Frame
  • Deep IP PBX integration with leading SIP-based IP PBX and Softswitch Platforms
  • Integrated Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) switch for bandwidth-intensive applications
  • IEEE 802.3af powered at under 11W maximum for a “green” world
  • Smart motion detection to enable the screen to go to power-save mode when no one is in the office

 

And did we mention there’s a $100 trade-in rebate offer available thru 12/31/2012?  See more at http://www.thetelecomspot.com/polycom-vvx-1500.html

 

New Products – Plantronics CS530 and BackBeat Go

We’re excited to learn about 2 new products from Plantronics: New CS530 and BackBeat Go!

Plantronics CS530

The new CS530 is designed to replace the CS70N headset for a new look and improved performance. The CS530 has the same over-the-ear wearing style in the CS500 series, but with sleeker style, include wide-band audio support, magnetic docking and more for the same affordable price and reliability you can count on.

Plantronics Backbeat Go

The new Plantronics “BackBeat GO” wireless ear buds offers great sound on the go in a small convenient package. It has sound-isolating buds for rich stereo sound, up to 4.5 hours of listening/talk time, easy connection with smart devices, inline control for calls/music, onscreen battery meter and more!

Both of these new products will soon be in store at The Telecom Spot, so stay tuned!