First off, let’s describe the technology built into the Siemens Gigaset A580IP as well as its capabilities from a hardware perspective. The Siemens Gigaset A580 IP is a DECT 6.0 cordless handset which comes with a cordless handset, charging desktop docking station, DECT base unit, and power adapters. The cordless handset simply pairs to the DECT base unit much like your traditional analog cordless phones do (actually a similar technology @ 1.9 GHz) or your mobile Bluetooth headset would.
Here is where the DECT Gigaset A580IP differs from your traditional analog cordless phone; the base unit has both an analog RJ-11 port to connect your existing landline in (POTS/ PSTN), and also an RJ-45 LAN Ethernet port to plug into your IP network to support VoIP service. The base has the ability, if you configure it to, to perform auto-PSTN fall back or failover. What this means is that if you have a VOIP service or are connected to your organization’s IP PBX via SIP, and your IP connection or Internet goes down, the Gigaset will automatically route calls through your landline connection plugged into the back of the DECT base unit. Pretty effective if you are one of those people that needs to make and receive calls 24/7.
The DECT base unit has the ability to support up to 6 different cordless handsets and each can be configured as an individual SIP VOIP account. Pretty cool for a small office setup!! Please note that the product ships with only 1 handset and you can purchase up to 5 additional handsets to add on.
If you are used to IP web GUI based configurations, the Gigaset A580 IP is right up your alley as you can easily browse to its LAN DHCP fed IP address from any computer on the same LAN by simply typing its IP address in your web browser address bar.
Here are some of the first-look highlights and configurations I have performed on the A580IP:
- -Has the ability to configure up to 6 SIP VOIP accounts (I have configured 2, one for my lab Trixbox, and the other on our production Switchvox SMB. (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -Easy to setup SIP registrations: (Setup for Trixbox account) (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -VoIP Provider auto-configuration (auto-provisioning support)
- -Configurable auto-PSTN fall back or failover (This is discussed above). Configurable incoming and outgoing call rules specific to the SIP VOIP connections or PSTN Landline connections. (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -Configurable Dial plans for cost based routing. (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -Configurable VM boxes for each SIP VOIP account (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -Configurable Audio codec’s per each SIP VoIP account in cases where there may be a small amount of bandwidth (G.729 codec) or to experience HD Voice (G.722) HD endpoint to HD endpoint only. Call VoIP Supply for a complete listing of HD IP Phones. (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)
- -Web Based Software Upgrades (Click Image Below for Expanded Screenshot)