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How to Extend Analog Phone Line (POTS) through ethernet via SIP/VoIP (FXO/FXS)

There are some situations where you need to have an analog phone line where there are no existing cable runs except for a data network.  Or you may simply want to extend analog phone line(s) to a remote site.  No worries!  We have a solution for you that utilizes Grandstream SIP VoIP ATA’s and Gateways in Peer-to-Peer mode.  There are 3 different scenarios with appropriate solutions:

1) Peer-to-Peer using ATA’s only.  Click Here for the solution using HT502 and HT503′s.

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2) Peer-to-Peer using ATA’s and Gateways.  Click Here for the solution using GXW’s and HT50x’s.

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3) Peer-to-Peer using Gateways only.  Click Here for the solution using GXW’s.

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These are 3 different examples of extending your analog lines (POTS) over a data network utilizing Grandstream’s cost effective solutions.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact any one of our The Telecom Spot representatives at 866-369-3394.

48 Port Gigabit Switch for $129 and other crazy deals!

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Is that a typo?… It sure isn’t!!!  We currently have stock on 24 and 48 Port Gigabit switches for $129 and under!  Get them while they last:

Nortel BES1010-24T – 24 Port Gigabit + 2 Gigabit uplink ports (SFP/RJ45) – $99

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Save even more if you only need Fast Ethernet support on your network with these 10/100Mbps Switches

Nortel BES110-24T – 24 x 10/100 Mbps ports + 2 Dual Personality SFP or Gigabit ports – $75

Nortel BES110-48T – 48 x 10/100 Mbps ports + 2 Dual Personality SFP or Gigabit ports – $95

These kind of deals come only once in a while so take advantage!  Call one of our knowledgeable reps at 866-369-3394 today!

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Konftel 55 / 55W Conference Phones adds Microsoft Lync Compatibility – Download Now

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Konftel adds Microsoft Lync compatibility to one of their most versatile conferencing devices, the Konftel 55 and Konftel 55W.

If you havent purchased one yet, ask one of our knowledgeable representatives at 866-369-3394. Buy yours today here at The Telecom Spot: Konftel 55, Konftel 55W

Konftel 55 Series – The hub of your communications Computers, smartphones, tablets and desktop phones – the Konftel 55 series is designed to keep pace with the array of devices used for communicating in the conference room today.

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The user interface have a new and fresh design. Features that are supported and displayed on the Konftel 55 series display screen:

  • answer/end call
  • call information; name, subject and talk time are displayed
  • your status information (presence)
  • last number redial
  • keypad for calling via Lync – mute – voice mail

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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

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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.

How to Upgrade the Firmware on a Polycom Phone

Polycom PhoneOften the first steps to troubleshooting a Polycom IP phone is to make sure you have an up-to-date or the correct firmware loaded.  If you are trying to upgrade the firmware or factory default one or two Polycom phones, then the easiest way is to use Polycom’s provisioning server:

  1. Go to http://voipt2.polycom.com and follow their directions.

If you are working with multiple phones or need more control over the config files, the easiest  to  way upgrade is through a local TFTP server:

  1. First off you need a TFTP server, also known as, Trivial FTP server. You can find many programs on the internet but the one that we use in house PumKIN (PumpKIN Can be downloaded at: http://kin.klever.net/pumpkin/ )

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  2. The next step would be to gather all of the files you need to update your Polycom device.  You can check the compatibility of the firmware to your device and also download most releases at the Polycom SIP Software Compatibility Matrix.  Some of the latest firmware will only be available through us directly.  Please email support@thetelecomspot.com with your order number to receive the instructions for downloads.
  3. Create a folder called TFTP and place it on your C: Drive.  Unzip the downloaded files into this directory making sure the bootrom and sip files are listed in root of the C:\TFTP directory
  4. Open PumpKIN up and click on Options.  Under the Server tab, change the TFTP file-system root to C:\TFTP and Read Request Behavior to Give all Files.  Press OK and make sure all software firewalls are turned off or configured to allow access to PumpKIN on the host computer.

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Now that your TFTP server is running, we need to make sure the Polycom Unit is set up to search for TFTP updates.  On the unit itself (This process might be slightly different depending on the phone):

  1. Make sure the phone is connected to the same network as the TFTP server.
  2. Power on the phone and press the SETUP button when prompted.
  3. Enter the password of 456
  4. Scroll down to Server Menu and select
  5. Change the server type to Trivial FTP
  6. Change server address to the IP Address of TFTP Server you created (the IP Address of the PC running PumpKIN)
  7. Exit the menu, and the phone will prompt you to Save and Reboot, select OK.

Upon reboot, the phone will go through the boot process and display Uploading Bootrom on the screen.  It will reboot a couple of times after updating the rest of the files.  When the phone completes the process, it will display a welcome screen, which shows the current firmware version loaded.

Avaya IP Office “Default to IP Office Standard Mode”

Avaya has recently changed their IP Office IP500 cabinets to initially boot into the Partner/Quick/Basic Mode. This has caused some confusion in recent months as most are used to installing in the IP Office “Standard Mode”.

To avoid booting in the Partner/Quick/Basic Mode on a new system, make sure to follow these steps in IP Office Manager:

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  1. Select “File”
  2. Select “Preferences”
  3. Under the “Preferences” tab, make sure “Default to Standard Mode” is checked.

This way when you log in to a new system, it will default to the IP Office “Standard Mode”.

If you already booted in the Partner/Quick/Basic Mode and want to change back to to the IP Office Standard, please follow these steps:

  1. Select “File”
  2. Select “Preferences”
  3. Select “Advanced”
  4. Select “Change Mode”
  5. Select the system you would like to change the mode and type in the user name and password.

Avaya IP Office Wireless Phone Options

Ever since Avaya discontinued their popular Avaya 3810 wireless phone, customers have been asking us: “what wireless phone options are available for my IP Office System?”

This has been a hard question to answer since most customers do not need the robust features and range that the Avaya IP-DECT and Avaya WiFi solutions carry.  While many have been wishing for an Avaya 3820 wireless phone, currently nothing is being developed yet.  Update (2/2013):  Avaya has released a new wireless phone option D100/D160

For a quick look, consider some of these wireless options currently available for your Avaya IP Office System:

  1. Avaya 3920 Cordless Phone: This can be used only on an IP Office running exclusively in “Partner” mode and requires a ETR-6 station card.
  2. Avaya/Nortel T7406e Cordless Phone: This can be used on the IP Office running both “IP Office” and “Partner” modes and requires a TCM-8 station card or expansion module. The features on the T7406e are great, but the phone requires a TCM station port, which most systems are not pre-configured with.
  3. Regular Analog Cordless Phone:  This can be used on the IP Office running both “IP Office” and “Partner” modes and requires an analog/combo station card or expansion module.   This is by far the most cost effective solution, however the feature set is minimal and the phone will act as a single line station.
  4. Avaya IP-DECT Solution (Avaya 3720, Avaya 3725, Avaya 3740, Avaya 3749): This can be used on the IP Office running in “IP Office” mode only and requires IP resources as well as appropriate licenses.  This solution is feature rich and very expandable; however, it is fairly pricey and requires some infrastructure.
  5. Avaya WiFi Phone Solution (Avaya 3641, Avaya 3645): This can be used on the IP Office running exclusively in “IP Office” mode and requires IP resources as well as appropriate licenses.  This solution is feature rich, can utilize existing WiFi networks, and is very expandable; however, is also fairly pricey and requires some infrastructure.

We know there are a great number of choices and things to consider, and we hope the recommendations listed above will help you get started.  If you have any questions or wish to go into further details regarding your specific system, please don’t hesitate to contact us at The Telecom Spot or leave a comment below.