How Asterisk Users Can Take Advantage of ENUM with Gizmo5

August 25, 2008 by Garrett Smith

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece on ENUM, what it is, and why it is important to the continued development of VoIP.

Today the folks over at NerdVittles have an informative piece on how Asterisk users can leverage ENUM for toll-bypass, by way of Gizmo5’s (previously SIPPhone.com) ENUM peering agreements with a wide range of carriers, including:

Access One, Airadigm, Allegiance, Alltel, Cablevision Lightpath, Cat Communications, Cbeyond, Cellcom, Cellular Properties, Centennial Wireless, Choice One, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Cinergy Communications, Cingular, CityNet, Cleveland Unlimited, Comcast Digital Voice, Commpartners, Conversent Communications, Cox Communications, CP Telecom, CTC Communications, Dobson Cell, Eureka, Globalcom, Heartland Communications, Illinois Valley, ITC Deltacom, LDMI, McLeod, Metro PCS, Mpower, Nationsline, Nextel, Nextera Communications, Paetec, RCN, Sprint PCS, Talk America, Telnet Worldwide, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and XO.

Ward even includes some sample code on setting up a FreePBX trunk for Gizmo5. NerdVittles is a must read for anyone out there looking to keep their finger on the pulse of the Asterisk community.

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So What’s All This IP Stuff Anyway?

Part 2
The need for surveillance solutions began roughly in 10,000 BC when rivaling tribes would pillage one another’s food stock in the night. Without exact evidence of the culprits, allegations and feuds would escalate out of control and give us the box office hits we enjoy today. The early theft prevention implemented during this time period and lasting up until the later 1900’s was the night watchmen.

During the 1970’s with the emerging trend of corporate business, fancy “bean counters”, and stringent budget guidelines a solution had to be devised to eliminate the financial liability of the night watchmen for a more efficient and accurate surveillance solution.

The CCTV or Closed Circuit Television Solution consists of 4 parts:

  • Cameras
  • Monitoring Device
  • “Plug & Play Cable”
  • VCR (Yes, this is the same device that once occupied more than 85% of American households until the late 1990’s)

CCTV solutions are a string of security cameras run across the area to be surveillance using “Plug & Play cable” also known as Coax. The simplistic structure is run much in the same manner as our cable T.V. Images are carried from origin setup (surveillance camera) landing on a designated viewing screen (monitor) and recorded using a VCR (Very Classic Recording Device). With the use of an additional device called a “quad” a monitor may be used to display the images of 4 separate CCTV cameras simultaneously.

Although becoming outdated with the introduction of IP based deployments, CCTV solutions are still very popular due to existing infrastructure and current market costs of surveillance solutions across the board.

So What’s All This IP Stuff Anyway?

3 part series by Anthony Cafaro

Part 2

The need for surveillance solutions began roughly in 10,000 BC when rivaling tribes would pillage one another’s food stock in the night. Without exact evidence of the culprits, allegations and feuds would escalate out of control and give us the box office hits we enjoy today. The early theft prevention implemented during this time period and lasting up until the later 1900’s was the night watchmen.

During the 1970’s with the emerging trend of corporate business, fancy “bean counters”, and stringent budget guidelines a solution had to be devised to eliminate the financial liability of the night watchmen for a more efficient and accurate surveillance solution.

The CCTV or Closed Circuit Television Solution consists of 4 parts:

  • Cameras
  • Monitoring Device
  • “Plug & Play Cable”
  • VCR (Yes, this is the same device that once occupied more than 85% of American households until the late 1990’s)

CCTV solutions are a string of security cameras run across the area to be surveillance using “Plug & Play cable” also known as Coax. The simplistic structure is run much in the same manner as our cable T.V. Images are carried from origin setup (surveillance camera) landing on a designated viewing screen (monitor) and recorded using a VCR (Very Classic Recording Device). With the use of an additional device called a “quad” a monitor may be used to display the images of 4 separate CCTV cameras simultaneously.

Although becoming outdated with the introduction of IP based deployments, CCTV solutions are still very popular due to existing infrastructure and current market costs of surveillance solutions across the board.

Nokia Dumps VoIP

It looks like that for the near term the fairy tale relationship between Nokia and VoIP has ended. Om Malik first reported last week that the latest Nokia phones are shipping without the VoIP capabilities which once made them the darlings amongst the VoIP community. This development comes at an interesting time, seeing as Mobile VoIP services are gaining traction, which should full further sales of VoIP enabled/compatible phones.

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What VoIP Products Do YOU Need?

August 21, 2008 by Garrett Smith

4,000.

The number of products we currently carry.

10.

The number of emails I get from vendors any given day about adding a new product to VoIP Supply.

1.

The number of questions I ask when thinking about whether or not to add a product.

What is that question you ask?

“Do our customers need this product?”

There is a problem with that question though. How do I know what YOU really need, if I am not constantly asking YOU what it is that YOU need.

So I am going to put down my mind reading apparatus for a moment and ask you a simple question:

“What products should we add to VoIP Supply?”

I want to hear from YOU what products we should be adding to our product catalog, so leave me some suggestions in the comments and hopefully we can add that product (or product type) to our catalog.

After all, if you ask us to add it, it is probably because YOU need it…and we want to make sure we have everything YOU need for VoIP.

Is Pure Play a Good Play For AT&T?

August 19, 2008 by Garrett Smith

DSL Reports is reporting that AT&T will soon be releasing a new pure play VoIP product that allows customers to “Bring Your Own Broadband” that comes at a time when AT&T just announced that it was canceling its CallVantage service. This begs the question,

“Is pure play VoIP a good play for AT&T?”

It is quite obvious that the reason the CallVantage product was canned was the inability of AT&T to grow the subscriber base and or to make that subscriber base profitable. Couple this with the fact that AT&T’s bundled data/voice service U-Verse is failing to gain traction in available markets, leads one to believe that this is a desperate play to gain market share.

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Linksys SPA942: New Low Price!

August 18, 2008 by Garrett Smith

Is this too good to be true? No. We are now offering the Linksys SPA942 at the special discounted price of $119.99 – which is a savings of $20! The only catch: quantities are limited. In order to get this great deal, you have to buy while supplies last!

For those not quite sure if the Linksys SPA942 is right for them, here’s a breakdown:

Linksys SPA942

  • 2-4 Voice Lines
  • 2 Ethernet Ports
  • High Resolution Graphical Display
  • Power Over Ethernet Support

Axis and Valcom Free Shipping!

***1 week Free Ground Shipping on Select Axis and Valcom Products***

Aug. 18 – Aug. 25

We are proud to announce the addition of Valcom, a new manufacturer to our site. We’ve also added new additions within our Axis line. Our new Valcom line consists of switching power supplies and linear power supplies. In total, there are 7 new products from Valcom, all with attractive features. The Valcom power supplies boast high efficiency (90%) which means less power consumption. They also have ‘brownout’ protection with less heat dissipation.
Our free ground shipping applies to the new additions outlined in the tables below.

Valcom

Switching Power Supply

Linear Power Supply

VP-1124

x

VP-12124

x

VP-2124A

x

VP-324

x

VP-4124

x

VP-6124

x

VP-624B

x

With efforts to expand our Axis line, we’ve added a mix of network cameras and infrared illuminators. Our camera additions include the flat, non-invasive Axis 209 series. These network cameras feature an array of functions not offered by other Axis cameras. These are outlined in the table below.

Axis

Flat Design

Non-invasive

Progressive

Scan

Tampering Alarm

Vibration, Humidity &

Dust Resistant

POE

209FD

x

x

x

209FD-R

x

x

x

x

x

209MFD

x

x

x

209MFD-R

x

x

x

x

x

Included in the expansion of our Axis line are six infrared illuminators. The prime function of the Axis illuminators is to provide additional light where surrounding light conditions may be insufficient for effective video surveillance. These illuminators allow for significant savings in long term operation and maintenance costs compared to traditional light bulbs. All six new illuminator additions feature adaptive illumination, vandal resistance, low-light surveillance, indoor/outdoor use and long life with low maintenance.

Axis

120 – 180 Degree

50 – 100 Degree

10 -20 Degree

36 -60 Degree

T90A20

x

T90A21

x

T90A26

x

T90A33

x

T90A37

x

T90A40

x

So What’s All This IP Stuff Anyway?

August 14, 2008 by Garrett Smith

Part 1

Working in the IP industry on a daily basis whether it is in new technology, sales or marketing has been a privilege to explore the fast paced and industrial changes that make this field, so unique. I guess this privilege has also led me to believe that the world is the same inside and outside my box. Which in fact is; “NOT TRUE” at all!

So I decided to break down the three types of inbound call inquiries that frequent our queue on a day-to-day basis (of course not that many people are losing sheep and we have way more than just 1 sexy camera in stock)

1. “I’m looking for a security system”
2. “Someone is steeling my sheep and I want to find out who”
3. “I need the Sexy Samsung SCC-C9302F in my life, do you have any in Stock”

2 of these 3 types of questions reflect early adopters of the IP surveillance industry who know they need a solution, but do not know where to begin or even what this ‘so called’ IP buzz is all about. With this dilemma in mind, “So What’s All This IP Stuff Anyway” was born……