Category Archives: Tech Tips

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.

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.

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.

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/ )pumpkin-1
  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.pumpkin-2

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.