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Simple Guide on How to Install Avaya B179 on IP Office

The Avaya B179 IP Conference Phone works perfectly with Avaya IP Office.   It is supported on IP Office R5.0 and higher, and requires an Avaya IP Endpoint license.  We will provide a basic tutorial here to get your Avaya B179 IP Conference phone connected.  Please see the Avaya B179 Install and Admin Guide for a more in-depth guide.

Avaya B179

1)   First, let’s make sure the IP Office is setup correctly:

  • Log into your IP Office
  • Go to the License Tab > Make sure you have an Avaya IP Endpoint license available (the 3rd Party IP/SIP Endpoint will not work)
  • Go to System > LAN1 or LAN2 (whichever interface is connected to the network the B179 is on) > VoIP tab:
    • Check “SIP Registrar Enable”
  • Create a new extension by selecting Extension > create SIP Extension
    • Add a valid Base Extension number i.e. 8000
  • Create a new user by selecting User > create User:
    • Add a valid Name ie Extn8000
    • Add the Base Extension number that was previously created. i.e 8000
    • Go to the Telephony tab > Supervisor Settings tab:
      • Put a numerical password in the “Login Code” field.  For testing purposes we can use 8000.

2)   Then, configure the Avaya B179:

  • On the B179 conference phone:
    • Press Menu > Status > Network
      • Set or Confirm the IP Address of the phone (DHCP/Static)
        • This IP address is used to log into the web interface of the phone.
  • Web Settings:
    • Enter the IP address of the phone into a web browser of your choice
      • Login with the default credentials
        • User: Admin
        • Password: 1234
    • Settings > SIP
      • Enable Account 1
        • Account Name: This is what is shown on the display of the B179.
        • User:  IP Office Base Extension number i.e. 8000
        • Registrar: IP of LAN1 or LAN2 IP Office interface (whichever is used)
        • Realm: *
        • Authorization Name:  IP Office Base Extension number i.e. 8000
        • Authorization Password: Enter the “Login Code” setup for the user.
        • Save values
    • Settings > Networking
      • These fields are used to make sure your B179 is setup correctly to the network
        • IP Address: IP address of B179
        • Net Mask: Subnet mask of the network on which the B179 is connected
        • Gateway: Local gateway on the network on which the B179 is connected
        • DNS info can be manually specified
        • Save values
        • Reboot the phone and the B179 should register with the IP Office

This should get your Avaya B179 IP Conference Phone connected to your IP Office for testing purposes.  Then from here on, you will want to fine tune your settings and secure your phone following the Avaya B179 Install and Admin Guide.

How to Manually Configure Polycom VoIP Phone to Asterisk

Polycom makes some of the best quality SIP VoIP Phones on the market.  They work well with most IP-PBX and Hosted VoIP Providers.  While most manufacturers and providers will have their own setup guidelines (which you should follow first), there are times when you may need to manually configure your Polycom VoIP phone.  We will provide a very basic guide on getting your Polycom phone manually registered to an Asterisk SIP-based system here.

First you will need some basic information to register your Polycom phone:

  1. IP address of the Polycom phone
  2. IP address of the Asterisk system and SIP Port used to register (usually 5060)
  3. SIP extension number and phone password from your Asterisk system for your Polycom Phone

Once you have obtained the information, open up your web browser and enter in the IP Address of the Polycom phone in the Address Bar. Once it prompts you to login, use the following user name and password (assuming it is still default):

  1. Username: Polycom
  2. Password: 456

When logged into the Polycom phone’s user interface go to the Lines section (may be under Settings on newer firmwares) and Line 1.  Enter the information into the following fields:

  1. Display Name: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000
  2. Address: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000
  3. Label: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system ie. 2000

Under Authentication

  1. Authentication User ID: SIP Extension Number assigned on the Asterisk system, i.e., 2000
  2. Authentication Password: Phone-password assigned on the Asterisk system

Under Server 1:

  1. Address: IP Address of the Asterisk system
  2. Port: Port number for SIP registration ,i.e., 5060
  3. Leave all other settings default.

Submit to Save settings, which should prompt you to reboot the phone.  Check to see if the Polycom phone is registered properly by pressing on the phone: Menu/Settings > Status > Lines.

You should be all set!

Best Practices for Securing Your Avaya IP Office

With the ever increased threat of hacking, it is very important to follow proper steps in securing your public facing devices. Breaches can occur from multiple fronts, i.e., allowing any SIP and VoIP traffic in your system, improper firewall configurations, and of course not changing default passwords. With Avaya IP Office, there are several steps in making sure your system is locked down as much as possible. Avaya has issued a technical bulletin on doing this with the following basics:

Review your existing installations and/or new deployments.  Determine any security risks and requirements then implement these changes:

  • Change security defaults and passwords
  • Remove any unnecessary accounts
  • Disable any unused services/interfaces
  • Enforce strict password policies
  • Make sure users and extensions are secure
  • Make sure trunks/lines are secure
  • Prevent and block unwanted Calls
  • Secure user voicemail and one-X Portal accounts
  • Block unnecessary and limit IP network exposure
  • Make sure management applications & configuration data are secure
  • Make sure servers running IP Office applications are secure
  • Activate reporting/monitoring of your system
  • Test for vulnerabilities
  • Install latest software updates/service packs

Even with these steps taken, you will want to continually monitor your alarms and logs to detect any unusual activity.  Always keep up with security advisories and make sure to keep your system up-to-date with the latest patches and upgrades.

Please read the document, Securing your IP Office Guidelines, for full detail on securing your IP Office.

 

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 Grandstream HT502 and HT503’s.

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

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3) Peer-to-Peer using Gateways only.  Click Here for the solution using Grandstream 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.

Factory Reset Guide for Yealink, Cisco, Polycom, Grandstream and Patton VoIP Products

Occasionally it is necessary to factory reset during troubleshooting and provisioning IP devices connected to VoIP phone systems.  Factory resetting is an alternative quick fix if a device is not working properly or if you are looking to follow an online guide from the same starting point. However, do be careful because all the localized settings on the device will be deleted when you factory reset.  See below for directions on factory resetting Yealink, Cisco, Polycom, Grandstream and Patton VoIP products.

Yealink T20P, T22P, T26P, T28P, T32G, and T38G:

  • Hold down the OK button for 10 seconds
  • Hit OK again to confirm the reset.
  • Alternatively, factory reset the phone with the Advanced Settings in the phone’s menu

Yealink VP530:

  • Navigate to Advanced Options on the touch screen (default password is admin)
  • Select Reset & Reboot which will open the factory reset menu.
  • Choose from Reset All, Reset Configuration, or Reset UserData.  Press the button next to Reset Now and press OK to confirm the reset.

Yealink W52P:

  • Log in to the web interface of the DECT base.
  • Navigate to Phone > Upgrade and then select Reset to Factory.

Cisco 303, 502G, 504G, 508G, 509G, and 525G2:

  • Select Option 14 in the phone menu to factory reset the phone.
  • Hit OK to confirm the reset.

Polycom IP 320, 321, 330, 331, 335, 430, 450, 560, and 7000:

  • Press and hold 1, 3, 5, and 7.
  • Enter the admin password to proceed with the factory reset.  The password is 456 by default.

Polycom IP 4000, 5000, and 6000:

  • Press and hold 6, 8, and *
  • Enter the admin password to proceed with the factory reset.  The password is 456 by default.

Polycom VVX 1500:

  • Press and hold 2, 4, and 6.
  • Enter the admin password to proceed with the factory reset.  The password is 456 by default.

Grandstream GXP 2000, 2010, and 2020:

  • Navigate to Menu > Config > Factory Reset in the phone menu.
  • Press OK to proceed with the factory reset.

Grandstream GXP 2100, 2110, 2120, 2124, 1405, 1400, and 1450:

  • Navigate to Menu > Config > Factory Reset in the phone menu.
  • Press OK to proceed with the factory reset.

Patton SmartNode 4110 series, 4300 series, 4400 series, 4520 series, 4940, 4950, 4960, 4970, and 5200:

  • Press the Reset button (left of the console port) for 5 seconds until the Power LED starts blinking.
  • The unit will restart with factory default configuration.

 

New Digium Switchvox 80 and 300 Series Appliances – Now Smaller and More Powerful

Digium recently released new Switchvox 80 and 300 series appliances for the SMB market, replacing the older Switchvox 65, 305 and 355 appliances.

The new Switchvox 80 and 300 series have updated technology, smaller form factor, green design and are competitively priced.  Switchvox 80 replaces 65, 310 replaces 305, and 360 replaces 355.  The older Switchvox appliances (65, 305, 355) are discontinued as of July 30th (limited stock remains, check with us for availability).

If you’re a current user of the older Switchvox appliances, you can upgrade by purchasing a cold spare of the appliance that you choose instead of purchasing Switchvox with the software license.  Then you can upload the last backup to the new appliance and be back up and running!  Just make sure the Switchvox software version is 5.7.1 or newer. The old appliance can be put to good use as a failover cold spare for your disaster recovery plan.

See which one of the Digium Switchvox appliances is the best fit for you via the convenient comparison chart below.  You can build your custom bundle via our easy system configurator or simply contact us today for quote!

Digium Switchvox Comparison

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*About Digium Switchvox phone systems:  Digium Switchvox offers a single powerful set of features you can afford.  You pay one low price for all its communication power – it’s an United Communication system that integrates all office communications including phone, fax, chat and web mash-ups.  Business that wants to do more than just talk can count on Switchvox to help them easily transition from simple telephony to a feature-rich UC solution.  Business users can improve productivity no matter where they are – on a mobile phone or in the office.

Free Digium Phone App Engine API Webinar – Register Now

On May 16th at 2pm CDT, Digium will offer a free webinar to show you ins and outs of the Digium Phone App Engine API.  The free phone API allows developers to customize the user experience using Asterisk (or Switchvox) with simple set JavaScript APIs.

The webinar will cover topics like:

  • What makes Digium’s Phone App Engine different
  • How Business Apps help in your niche
  • JavaScript API vs XML browser pages
  • The anatomy of a business phone app
  • Developer and non-developer resources
  • Live Q&A session

If you want to build custom apps for your Digium IP phone to take your business communications to a new level, this would be a great free webinar for you.

Register for the webinar here.

*The Digium App Engine for Digium IP Phones is a free tool that features an open API allowing developers to create custom apps. Developers can use JavaScript to easily create applications that extends the power of Digium phones with Asterisk or Switchvox.

Plantronics Releases Smart Presence App for MS Lync 2013

Plantronics just released a Smart Presence app for Microsoft Lync which will provide enhanced presence functions for MS Lync 2013 (when used with Plantronics Spokes software and Plantronics headsets).  Mainly, it changes your MS Lync 2013 presence status to “in a call” when you’re on call (with mobile, softphone or deskphone calls).

Before installing the new app, the following are required:

Find out more on Plantronics’ page here:  http://www.plantronics.com/us/support/software-downloads/business-windows.jsp

 

 

New Version of Jabra PC Suite Available for Updates!

Jabra PC Suite is a free PC software offered by Jabra to help you configure, update firmware and enable control of your headset or other USB devices with your PC softphone and other audio programs.  Most importantly, if you have use PC softphone with your Jabra wireless headset, Jabra PC Suite enables remote call control.

Jabra PC Suite

Their latest update (Jabra PC Suite version 2.10.3050) released on 2/28/2013 include:

  • Integration for NEC SP 350 with Jabra device call control
  • Presence integration for MS Lync, Skype and Cisco CUPC
  • New products recognized for Jabra SPEAK 510 and Jabra MOTION
  • Plus various stability improvements!

For more information and to download/update the Jabra PC Suite for your Jabra USB devices please visit Jabra’s site here: Jabra PC Suites.

Provisioning Polycom Phones with Switchvox Phone Setup Tool

Looking to provision your Polycom phones with Switchvox? If you purchased Phone Feature Packs for your Polycom phone and has one of the supported phones listed below, then you can take advantage of Digium Switchvox Phone setup Tool to help you configure and maintain the phones.

  • Fully Supported:  SoundPoint IP 320, 321, 330, 331, 335, 430, 450, 501, 550, 560, 650, 670, and SoundStation IP 6000, 7000
  • Partially Supported:  SoundPoint IP 301, 600, 601, and 4000
  • Not Supported:  SoundPoint IP 300, 500

Follow the steps below for Polycom IP phones running SIP firmware 1.6.7 or higher:

1)      To provision your Polycom phone with the Switchvox Phone Setup Tool, first make sure that:

  • Your Polycom phone is listed in the “Unknown Phones” section (Setup -> Phone Feature Packs -> Unknown Phones)
  • You are using the eth0 port (Server -> IP Configuration)
  • Confirm the phones are on the same local subnet as your Switchvox server
  • You have enough Phone Feature Packs to cover the number of phones you are setting up

2)      Once the top 3 criteria have been confirmed, reboot your phone to default (Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> PW: 456 -> Admin Settings -> Reset to Defaults -> Reset local configuration).

3)       When the phone is completely back up, reset the ‘Device Settings’ (Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> PW: 456 -> Admin Settings -> Reset to default -> Reset device settings) which will reboot the phone again.

4)      Check the radio box next to the phone MAC address you’re looking to configure in the “Unknown Phone” section of the “Phone Feature Packs”, then click the blue “confirm checked phone” button at the top of the page.  The phone should automatically reboot and begin the formatting process, but if it didn’t automatically reboot then you can manually reboot the phone either through its menu or by unplugging the phone.   Note:  This process could take several minutes and several reboots.  Be patient and let the phone do its work so it can pull all the necessary firmware.

5)      When step 4 is completed, the phone should display a static screen with the Digium Switchvox logo and the word “New” next to Line 1 on the phone.

6)      Next, locate the phone MAC address in the “Unconfigured Phones” section of the phone setup tool.  Once the phone’s MAC address has been located, click “Modify” and enter in the extension you wish to configure to this phone and save.   This should auto-populate the extension info such as first and last name.

7)      Check off the radio box again next to the MAC address and click the blue “confirm checked phones”.  This will reboot the phone again, but if not just reboot it manually by unplugging the phone power or go thru its menu options.  When the reboot completes, the phone MAC address should be listed under the “Configured Phones” section.  Step 7 is the final step, and will configure your phone with the proper extension, register the phone with Digium Switchvox, and populate the contact directory with the phonebook extensions for that particular extension.

8)      Congratulations!  Your Polycom IP phone should now be configured.


Note:  If on step 1 you couldn’t find your Polycom phone’s MAC address under “unknown phones”, or if the phone is on a different subnet / a remote phone, then try these steps to get your phone visible to Switchvox.

  1. Reboot your phone to default (Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> PW: 456 -> Admin Settings -> Reset to Defaults -> Reset local configuration).
  2. When the phone is back up, reset the ‘device settings’ (Menu -> Settings -> Advanced -> PW: 456 -> Admin Settings -> Reset to default -> Reset device settings) which will reboot the phone again.
  3. After the phone is completely back up, go to Menu -> Settings -> Advanced (PW: 456) -> Admin Settings -> Network Configuration -> DHCP Menu -> Set “Boot Server” to “static” then go back one menu and select “Server Menu” field.
  4. On the next page, set “Server Type” to “HTTP” and the “Server Address” to “IP.of.the.PBX/pc”.  Note:  The server address field is case sensitive.
  5. If the phone remote connects via a WAN, the “server address” will be the WAN IP of the Switchvox network / pc.  (ie: 173.227.12.32/pc)
  6. Save your settings and reboot the phone again.
  7. Once the reboot completes and is back up, you should now be able to find the phone in the “unknown phones” or the “Unconfigured Section” of the Switchvox “Phone Feature Packs”.
  8. Go back up and follow the rest of instruction from either step 4 or 5 (depending on where you found the phone MAC address) to complete the phone configurations.

Any question?  Just leave a comment below or contact us for assistance.