Introduction to the Polycom IP430

The Polycom IP 430 is an enterprise-grade IP phone, The SoundPoint® IP 430 is designed to meet the telephony needs of general business users – cubicle workers that conduct a low-to-medium volume of calls – by delivering a robust feature set encompassing traditional telephony features such as call, park, pick-up, hold and transfer, as well as more advanced capabilities such as shared call / bridged line appearance, multiple call appearances, and presence.

Polycom IP430 Features

The Polycom IP430 is a two-line desktop IP phone that delivers the outstanding voice quality and smoothness of natural two-way conversations with its full-duplex speakerphone featuring the Polycom Acoustic Clarity Technology.

• 2 lines
• 132 x 46 pixel graphical LCD with line LED indicators…

Introduction to the Linksys WIP 300

The Linksys WIP 300-NA Wi-Fi IP Phone enables high-quality voice over IP (VoIP) service through a Wireless-G network and high-speed Internet connection. Connect at home, your office, or at a public hotspot, and make low-cost phone calls through your Internet Telephony Service Provider.

Linksys WIP 300 Features

The WIP300 Wireless VoIP Phone operates in the 2.4GHz band, supports 802.11g and the latest VoIP SIP protocols. The large, full-color high resolution display features an intuitive user interface enabling users to easily and quickly configure the handset using Secure Easy Setup (SES).

• Pixel-based display—Provides intuitive access to calling features
• Nine speed dials configurable in the set
• Comfort noise generation (CNG), voice activity detection (VAD), adaptive jitter buffer, and …

Cordless VoIP Phones Are All the Rage
Fueled by the need to push VoIP servicse such as Skype away from the desktop and closer to the traditional calling experience, VoIP hardware vendors proved at this year’s CES that 2007 may very well be the year of the cordless VoIP phone. Now when I say cordless VoIP phone, I mean just that – a phone with no cord to it’s base station – not wireless phones. While I have no doubt that wireless phones will continue to soar in popularity as wireless accessibility expands, I believe cordless phones of the DECT and GHz variety show the most promise for residential users.

The Benefits of Cordless VoIP Phones
Cordless VoIP phones could be considered the most ideal …

Replicating the Traditional Phone

One of the majors factor hindering the adoption of Skype by the North American market has been it’s reliance on being “at the computer” in order to use the service. Over the past year, numerous manufacturers have released Wi-Fi phones for use with Skype, bringing the promise of an old world calling experience to the new world of Skype calling. While it is still yet to be determined what impact the mass release of Wi-Fi phones for Skype has had on the adoption rates in North America, one thing is for certain: the Linksys WIP320 is the most advanced Wi-Fi phone for Skype to date.

The Linksys WIP320 – Makes Skype Calling Easy

The Linksys WIP320 combines sleek styling with robust …

I Don’t Think So

Ken Camp points to a CIO today article on VoIP in the Enterprise as validation of his claim that VoIP has gone mainstream. While I agree that VoIP has emerged from relative obscurity this year, I do not think VoIP has gone mainstream as a form of business or residential communication. Maybe this has something to do with a difference of opinion when it comes to what mainstream means. Let me explain…

So What Does Mainstream Mean?

According to Wikipedia, Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. It is a term most often applied in the arts (i.e., music, literature, and performance). This includes:

* something that is ordinary or usual;
* something that is familiar …

Let’s go back to the basic to tell you what VoIP is. A simple explanation is: VoIP is just like your traditional analog phones but it’s making phone calls over the Internet.

 

What is VoIP?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. The “Voice” part of Voice over Internet Protocol is self-explanatory. The Internet Protocol is where some start to get confused. An Internet Protocol (IP) is a data-oriented protocol used for communicating data across a packet-switched network (home, office, the internet). Internet Protocols (IP) allow you to transmit data any interconnected networks. Utilizing a combination of hardware, software, and voice protocols, your conversations are carried over the IP network to its intended destination.

Internet Protocols (IP) allow you to …

One of the biggest “buzz” phrases at this week’s Internet Telephony Conference was SIP Trunking. From the conference track, to the expo floor, SIP Trunking was everywhere. For those of you who are not yet familiar with SIP Trunking, here is a brief overview.

SIP Trunking is based on SIP. SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol. SIP is an application-layer control (signaling) protocol for creating, modifying, and terminating sessions with one or more participants. It is widely used as the signaling protocol for VoIP calling and is widely thought of as the standard for VoIP calling. Typically, a company’s VoIP calls will involve a circuit switched handoff to the PSTN outside of the company’s local area network. With SIP Trunking, the company’s VoIP …

VoIP Supply will be hosting a partner pavilion at the Fall Internet Telephony Conference and Expo, October 11th through the 13th in Classy San Diego, California. In speaking with the folks at TMC, I am confident that this will be the best VoIP Expo of the year.

VoIP Supply’s Partner pavilion will feature products and services from the following companies:

In addition to these partners, VoIP Supply will also have the products from the following manufacturers on display:

You will also have the opportunity to purchase numerous different products at the show. Make sure to stop by the VoIP Supply Partner Pavilion at the IT EXPO show!…

We have recently adjusted our pricing on the Sangoma Technologies line of Digital PCI Cards for use with Asterisk! Sangoma Technologies is one to follow for performance, quality and innovation. Their years of experience as a supplier of connectivity hardware and software products for Wide Area Network (WAN) and Internet infrastructure have provided them with a head start in hardware technologies that has enabled us to maintain leadership and keep the competition wallowing in our wake. Here is a snapshot of the Sangoma Technologies product line and our new prices:

  • Sangoma A 101 – $499.99 – The Sangoma Technologies A101 Single T1/E1 interface card is next generation hardware for use with Asterisk. The Sangoma A101 supports Robbed Bit Channel Associated Signaling (CAS) and ISDN PRI,

I thought I would kick the week off with an outstanding deal of the Grandstream GS-101. The Grandstream GS-101 is an award-winning next generation IP telephone based on industry open standards. Built upon innovative technology, the Grandstream GS-101 features market leading superb sound quality and rich functionalities at ultra-affordable price. The Grandstream GS-101 is normally priced at $59.99!

The Grandstream GS-101 features one Ethernet port and the following features:

  • Support SARP/RARP, ICMP, DNS, DHCP, NTP, TFTP protocols
  • Support NAT traversal via STUN & symmetric RTP
  • Interoperable with various 3rd party SIP end user device, Proxy/Registrar/Server, and gateway products
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to ensure superb hi-fidelity audio quality
  • Advanced and patent pending adaptive jitter buffer control, packet delay & loss concealment technology
  • Support popular