In the last quarter of 2012 Polycom made a major addition to their video conferencing product offering with the release of their Polycom Group Series. During this announcement they also released the Polycom VVX 600 to build on their existing Polycom Business Media family.  Earlier this year the family grew a little more with the addition of the Polycom VXX Camera but this week the Polycom Business Media phones family really expanded when it had sextuplets with the release of four new phones and two expansion modules. Two more phones and they would have been in the running for a basic cable reality show.

What Is It?

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Starting a business is no easy feat and probably even harder to do in Buffalo, NY. If you’re crazy motivated enough for the latter, the good news is, someone’s got your back.

Buffalo Startup Weekend is aimed at anyone who has an idea but doesn’t know how to get it off the ground.  You don’t even have to be a technical person as Elizabeth Weinberg, an attendee of the first Startup Weekend last year, explains in her blog post.

Weinberg hesitated on going at first, thinking that her skills weren’t the right fit.  She soon found out that what really mattered was her idea, which made the final cut and a team was formed that paired her with “a designer, two programmers and another …

There’s a burgeoning market for hosted wireless LAN services and ADTRAN is hosting a webinar to help you learn more about it.

The line of ADTRAN IP business gateways and ADTRAN routers are known as a top choice for voice, video, data, and internet communication solutions that includes a lifetime warranty and standard next business day replacement policy.

Now you can take advantage of the ADTRAN Bluesocket® virtual wireless LAN (vWLAN) solution to help you provide hosted services.

Register for the Multi-Tenant Solutions with Bluesocket® webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 4 PM EST to learn:

  • Features and capabilities of Bluesocket vWLAN
  • Requirements for offering hosted WLAN services
  • Sales tools

Click here to register for the webinar.

VoIP Supply is hosting another live demonstration of Digium’s Switchvox UC platform this Thursday, February 21st at 11:30 AM EST.

Register now for the demo, Seeing is Believing, to see for yourself how just one solution can solve business problems and make communication easier.

Frost & Sullivan Vouches for Switchvox

As our thanks for registering, a copy of the latest analyst research from Frost & Sullivan will be provided; the Global Growth Award report that confirms why Digium is one of the top IP vendors.

Benefits of Migrating from Legacy Phone System

Businesses migrating from a legacy phone system to a unified IP communications platform owe themselves a look at the award winning Switchvox UC system, based on the Asterisk® communications platform.

Switchvox …

Yealink DECT PhonesVoIP in the SOHO and SMB markets is literally on the move; seriously, it literally is. In the last 6 months several manufactures have released new DECT systems geared towards the SOHO and SMB markets. These DECT solutions help companies give their employees the ability to move around the office or warehouse without having to worry about missing a call. With the release of the Yealink SIP-W52P and Yealink SIP-W52H, Yealink has put their hat in the DECT VoIP phone ring.

What Is It?

Yealink SIP-W52HThe new Yealink DECT phones consist of the SIP-W52P which is the base station and the SIP-W52H which is the handset. The SIP-W52P includes one base station and one handset but you can pair up to 4 additional handsets to …

Grandstream Video Phone_Camera

Note: This post is brought to us by Courtney Hamp, VoIP Supply’s Technical Support Specialist. Courtney has great VoIP project ideas when he’s not busy helping others, troubleshooting, or designing a communication solution. In this example he has outlined the steps to view a video surveillance feed right from a desktop Grandstream video phone.  No need for an additional monitor or browser tab – just glance at your phone for a quick visual update

Grandstream brings some flair to the desk again with the Grandstream GXV3175, their 7 inch touchscreen IP Multimedia Phone. With several built-in web apps and a 1.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing, it is a great fit for the knowledge worker or executive in your organization.

However, it …

In cheese like video conferencing you have choices; you can pick your brand, you can pick the style, you can pick how versatile it is, you can even pick what type of features the cheese has. While I am not going to go through and create a chart lining up different video conferencing solutions with different cheese types I will make one connection: Skype is the Kraft American Cheese Singles of the video conferencing world.

 Skype and Kraft Singles

It may be a bit of a weird comparison and you may be wondering why not Wensleydale or Colby. To me Kraft Singles are both a horrible and a great cheese. People will make disparaging remarks that it is not real cheese or it is over processed but when …

LigerWhat is the most challenging thing about telepresence video conferencing?

Convincing somebody to use it.

On one hand, the technology is widely adopted yet, it’s still very new.  People have heard about it, they’ve seen it, and if they’ve Skyped (a wonderful new verb) somebody then they’ve used it too.

But in a business application, for everyday office use, some fears and misconceptions remain about what telepresence is and how it can work to make you more productive.

5 Telepresence Myths Debunked

Snorre Kjesbu, Vice President and General Manager for the Cisco Collaboration Endpoints Technology Group (CETG), wrote a great blog post, Five Myths of Telepresence Debunked!

Cisco Telepresence was used on one of largest stages in the world, the 2012 London Olympics so, …

Polycom SpectraLink 8440

It’s official.  Polycom SpectraLink 8400 Series Wi-Fi handsets have been tested and qualified for use with Microsoft Lync.

If you’re a Microsoft Lync fan, Polycom now has two, flexible, wireless VoIP options for you to choose from in either the Polycom KIRK DECT series and now SpectraLink.

Which Phones are Optimized for Lync?

Microsoft has a helpful chart comparing all of the KIRK and SpectraLink options.

Click here for the list of Compatible IP Phones Tested and Qualified for Lync.

Why Choose Microsoft Lync?

  • Microsoft Lync is one of the top three Unified Communications (UC) systems next to Cisco and Avaya.
  • Microsoft Lync is the next multi-billion dollar business unit within Microsoft
  • Microsoft states that 70% of Forbes 500 companies are planning or

 

Release the Kraken

For the last year and a half there has been talk of a Polycom USB camera that will work with the Polycom VVX 500 multimedia VoIP phone. With stories of details and release dates changing over time it had become something of folklore like you’d expect to hear a weathered sailor spurt about a chance encounter with the Kraken or a mermaid. For the longest time it did just seem like it was nothing more than a myth, but unlike those fabled sea creatures the Polycom VVX Camera does exist and we have photos and datasheets.

Polycom VVX Camera

Announced towards the end of 2012 the Polycom VVX Camera is a 720p USB camera that will work with both the Polycom VVX 500 and …