VoIP Supply, LLC Launches New IP PBX Division, PBX Select

May 25, 2006 by Garrett Smith

PBX Select to focus on the sale of end-to-end IP PBX solutions for the small and medium business.

Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) May 24, 2006 — VoIPSupply.com, LLC, a leading provider of Voice over IP telephony hardware, software, and services, today announced the launch of PBX Select a new division focused on the sale of end-to-end IP PBX solutions for the small and medium business. PBX Select will look to empower small and medium businesses by providing access to Voice over IP telephony features once available only to larger corporate companies.

“PBX Select is the answer to the small medium business need for end-to-end solutions that VoIP Supply was not positioned to handle” said Cory Andrews, Executive Vice President of PBX Select. “There is a lot of opportunity in the small medium business market, but we feel that ultimate success in the marketplace depends, to a great extent, on the approach of the vendor. We have designed a business process, combined with the dedicated pre/post sales resources necessary to educate business customers about the technology, help the customer make an informed decision, and provide central management of the overall implementation. Our wide range of vendor offerings allows us, in most cases, to offer clients the exact mix of price and feature set they require.”

PBX Select aims to take the guess work out of implementing a VoIP solution. Through partnerships with leading vendors such as Aastra, Cisco, Linksys, Polycom, and Talkswitch, PBX Select will manage every element of the migration to Voice over IP, from hardware, to service, installation, training, and support.

About VoIP Supply, LLC:
VoIP Supply, LLC ( www.voipsupply.com ), is a leading supplier of Voice over IP hardware, software, and service. In addition to a comprehensive selection of IP phones, networking equipment and software platforms, the company offers provisioning and fulfillment, custom configuration, technical support, extended warranties and logistical services for end-to-end customer solutions. For additional information on VoIP Supply, LLC please contact Garrett Smith at 716.250.3708.

Linksys SPA-2102 Now Available at VoIPSupply.com – Only $79.99!

May 19, 2006 by Garrett Smith

The SPA-2102 is the next generation of inexpensive, easy to use, and simple to install telephone adaptors from Linksys. The SPA-2102 connects a standard telephone or fax machine to IP-based data networks. VoIP service providers can offer residential and business users traditional and enhanced communication services via the customer’s broadband connection to the Internet.

The SPA-2102 features two POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) ports to connect existing analog phones, fax machines, or to a PBX system. The SPA-2102 includes 2 100BaseT RJ45 Ethernet interfaces (LAN-WAN) to connect to a home or office LAN, as well as an Ethernet connection to a broadband modem or router (WAN). Each SPA-2102 service line can be independently configured via software controlled by the service provider or the end user.

With the SPA-2102, users are able to protect and extend their investment in telephones, conference speakerphones, and fax machines as well as control their migration to IP with an extremeley affordable, reliable solution.

Installed by the end user and remotely provisioned, configured and maintained by the service provider, each SPA-2102 converts voice traffic into data packets for transmission over an IP network. Compact in design, the SPA-2102 can be used in consumer and business VoIP service offerings including a full-featured IP Centrex environment. The SPA-2102 uses international standards for voice and data networking for reliable voice and fax operation.

SANGOMA TECHNOLOGIES A108 Card Provides Industry’s Highest Density T1/E1 Solution for Voice and Data

May 15, 2006 by Garrett Smith

TORONTO – May 10, 2006 – Sangoma Technologies Corporation (TSXV: STC) (www.sangoma.com), a leading provider of connectivity hardware and software products for VoIP, TDM voice, WANs and Internet infrastructure, has introduced its new A108 Series PCI cards to support high density voice and data applications. At 8 T1/E1 ports, the A108 has the highest T1/E1 density available on a PCI card.

As with other Sangoma PCI cards, the A108 is available in an A108d version especially built for the soft telephony industry. The A108d supports voice enhancement capabilities including G.168-2002 echo cancellation with 1024 tap/128ms tail per channel on all channel densities, DMF encoding/decoding and tone recognition, voice quality enhancement and adaptive noise reduction.

“We brought this high density product to market at the request of our enterprise and telco customers who require scalability and higher density solutions,” says Sangoma Technologies President and CEO David Mandelstam. “We continue to meet the flexibility and system needs of the industry with the launch of our new 8-port card.”

Distinctive A108d features include:

 

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NETGEAR’s NEW WIFI PHONE ALLOWS USERS TO MAKE SKYPE CALLS WITHOUT A PC

May 5, 2006 by Garrett Smith

The newly announced Netgear SPH101 Skype WiFi phone is the worlds first device that allows you to make calls on the Skype network anywhere there is a wireless internet connection. The Netgear SPH101 allows users to send and receive call in addition to access to their contact lists through the phone’s full color screen.

Make Skype calls without a PC

The phone’s only major set back is that it can not be used in WiFi hot spots as it does not have a web browser for for web-based login or authentication.

 

Plantronics Utilizes DECT Technology for new CS55 Wireless Headset System

Plantronics Utilizes DECT Technology for new CS55 Wireless Headset System

Plantronics has incorporated DECT 6.0 wireless spectrum technology in their new CS55 Wireless Office Headset System. This system combines the clarity of traditional corded technology with the mobility of wireless, so employees can move around the office to wherever business takes them—without interrupting or missing a call.

Features Include:

  • Roam hands-free up to 300 feet
  • Extended hands-free talk time—up to 10 full hours
  • One-touch control over calls and volume
  • Enjoy the flexibility of three convertible styles
  • Ensure call privacy with digitally encrypted security
  • Reduce the wait: battery recharges in three hours

Continuing their tradition as a technology leader, Plantronics presents CS55 as the first headset in the United States to implement 1.9GHz UPCS voice-dedicated wireless VoIP technology. With the included Plantronics HL10 handset lifter, remotely taking or ending a call is as simple as pressing a button.

Quick Guide to PoE (Power Over Ethernet)

The RJ45 (CAT5) cabling that connects your office or home networking can be utilized for more than transporting voice or data across your local area network (LAN). The IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard was created as the standard method of delivering power to hardware devices such as IP Phones, IP Video Cameras and other network equipment. With PoE, there is no need to power some devices locally with an external AC power supply, they can simply receive their required voltage over the network cabling.

A POE system is comprised of three elements, the power sourcing equipment (PSE), the device which needs to be powered (PD) and the cable.

The Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) is connected to a device, and determines if the device is IEEE 802.3af compliant or non-compliant. If determined to be a non-compliant device, no electrical current is passed through the network cable to the device. If the device is determined by the PSE to be a PoE compliant device, the required voltage is supplied to the device to power it.

There are several varieties of Power Sourcing Equipment to fit your specific requirements.


Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE)

Single Port (RJ45) PoE Injector – designed to provide PoE to a single device, a single PoE Injector has (2) RJ45 network connections. The network cable is plugged into the PoE Injector, where the necessary voltage is added. A second ethernet cable runs out of the PoE Injector and is connected to the device to be powered. Some examples of Single Port PoE Injectors include thePW130, and the Linksys WAPPOE”6


Mid-Span PoE Hub

Midspans come is port spans typically ranging from 4-24 ports. A Midspan PoE Hub does not have ethernet switching capability, it is designed to be paired in tandem with an existing ethernet switch, adding voltage for IEEE 802.3af compliant devices as needed. Midspans are a good choice for businesses that have existing 10/100 Ethernet switches already installed, and are less expensive than replacing legacy switches with newer, PoE enabled switches. The Midspan hub is typically stacked on the ethernet switch and each network cable is fed into the hub, where power is added, and then cabling run out to each specific network device. Some examples of Midspan hubs include the SEI Juicebox and a variety of products from PowerDsine.


PoE Switch

Many manufacturers offer ethernet switches with IEEE 802.3af PoE Midspan functionality built in. PoE Switches typically come in port span increments from 12-48 ports, and offer both 10/100/1000 Ethernet managed switching capabilities and PoE injection. Some examples of PoE Switches include the Linksys SRW224P and the Edgewater 2402

Benefits of Power Over Ethernet?

  • Easy, fast and convenient to install
  • Reduces overall power consumption
  • Reduces installation costs
  • Reduces cable runs
  • IEEE 802.3af is a unified, worldwide standard
  • It will save you money

Polycom Communicator C100S – Another Cool New Product for Skype

Recent news from Ebay executives peg the current number of Skype users in the US at 6 million, and growing fast. The company claims more than 100 million users worldwide, but until recently, the majority of Skype users were overseas in Asia and Europe. With rapidly growing usership in the US market, many major electronics vendors are rushing to bring “Skype Certified” products to market.

Polycom, well known for audio and video conferencing, is targeting business customers who utilize Skype service, with its latest product, the Polycom Communicator C100S.

The Communicator is a lightweight, portable speakerphone offering a standard USB connection to a PC or laptop. The Polycom Communicator is a “Skype Certified” product, meaning it has undergone standard interoperability testing in cooperation with Skype, and is officially sanctioned for use with Skype service.

With a retail price point under $150, the Communicator promises a superior user experience versus a standard microphone or headset. In addition to two microphones, the Communicator incorporates an echo cancellation function in the USB driver; in use, it disables Skype’s own echo cancellation. In addition to its primary function, Polycom says it can be used to play music and audio from the connected PC.

Polycom Communicator promises the ultimate hands-free Skype experience. Based on the same technology used in Polycom’s legendary line of triangular SoundStation conference phones, the Skype-certified Polycom Communicator enables crystal-clear, natural conversations when using Skype. Enjoy the freedom of not wearing your headset for hands-free Skype calls, or plug into the built-in stereo headphone port for private conversations.

The Polycom Communicator delivers high-fidelity wideband voice quality that sounds like you are in the same room with the people you’re calling. Two high-quality microphones provide excellent range for group conversations with up to four participants. Polycom’s Acoustic Clarity Technology eliminates echoes and feedback, maximizing your Skype experience.

RedFone Communications Introduces Dual T1 Version of their popular foneBridge T1 Interface for Asterisk

RedFone Communications has released a new, dual T1 version of their popular foneBridge solid-state T1 interface for use with Asterisk Open Source PBX.

foneBRIDGE is a T1 or E1/PRI-to-Ethernet Bridge. It is an integrated black-box “appliance” designed to streamline installation and enable redundant design of Asterisk based VoIP systems. Designing, building, and installing an Asterisk system has never been this easy!

foneBRIDGE eliminates the need to install proprietary TDM (PRI/T1) hardware cards in approved/compatible server configurations. Instead, foneBRIDGE terminates T1/E1 and/or PRI lines on the trunk side and provides direct Ethernet communication to a network of Asterisk servers using native Asterisk TDMoE formats and utilities.

foneBRIDGE provides an economical means of buliding and maintaining a redundant Asterisk solution. Instead of purchasing a TDM board for each redundant server, multiple redundant servers can share a single foneBRIDGE. If the foneBRIDGE itself fails, replacing it is far simpler that replacing a TDM card in an active server.

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Linksys SPA-3102 Analog VoIP Adaptor Now Available at VoIPSupply.com

May 2, 2006 by Garrett Smith

VoIPSupply.com is now carrying the Linksys SPA-3102, the next generation of Linksys 3000 series telephone adaptors.

The SPA-3102 NA from Linksys is slated as the replacement for the popular SPA-3000, and offers both 1 FXS station side port and 1 FXO PSTN jack, and features integrated call routing for local and emergency calls, excellent for service providers and remote offices!

Phone Adapter + PSTN Gateway

The SPA-3102 NA features VoIP adapter functionality found in the SPA-2002 and SPA-1001 with the additional benefit of an integral connection for legacy telephone network “hop-on, hop-off” applications. SPA-3102 NA users will be able to leverage their broadband phone service connections more than ever by automatically routing local calls from cell phones and land lines to a VoIP service provider and vice versa.

A typical user calling from a land line or mobile phone will be able to reduce and even eliminate international and long distance telephone charges by first calling their SPA-3000 via a local phone number or by using a telephone connected directly to the unit. The advanced authentication and call routing intelligence programmed into the SPA-3102 NA will connect the caller via the Internet to the far end destination with security and ease. Using the SPA-3102 NA at the far end, calls can be answered immediately or further processed as a local call to any legacy land line or mobile phone allowed by the SPA-3102 NA dial plan.

If power is lost to the unit or the VoIP service is down, calls can be sent to a traditional carrier via the FXO interface.