Managing schools can be challenging without a right communications solution. Sangoma provides modern UC phone systems that not only increase faculty productivity but also build a more secure learning environment for students. See how you can bring parents, student & teachers together effortlessly within your school premises by leveraging the top 12 UC features Sangoma provides!

#1 Hotdesking – Teachers can log into any phone and have all their features follow them.

#2 Phone Apps – Over 13 phone apps available for staff and teachers to utilize the graphical display for features like Follow-me, Call-forward, Call Flow Control, and more.

#3 User Control Panel (UCP) – Check voicemails and set up conference calls with your own unified control panel.

#4 One Extensions – Log in and out of any IP phone one the campus and access to all the settings of a user’s phone including extension, voicemails, contact lists, and customized menus.

students#5 Follow Me – Configure your extension to try other phones (mobiles or other desk phones) if there is no answer at your main extension.

#6 Voicemail to Email – Here any voicemail message gets attached as a sound file and sent to your email of choice. When combined with a smartphone it provides a great way to stay in touch.

#7 Fax to Email – Instead of relying on old fax machines and mail bins for individual users, with paper copied being lost or sitting in a mail bin for days, faxes can be sent directly to the recipient email.

#8 Smart Paging – Leverage your phone infrastructure to deliver same functionalities.

#9 Fully automated modern bell system

#10 Paging Pro – A FreePBX module that creates complex schedules

#11 Automated alerts – Emergency automated alerts that can be played on a recording

#12 Visual alerts – Send alerts to phones and light up in case of a school lockdown

Are you using any of the features? Curious to learn more features? Visit Sangoma’s page or just call our VoIP experts today at 1-800-398-8647!

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Paging systems are everywhere. You may have seen them in schools, businesses, hospitals or factories. It is a common system that we use for mass notification in a large, spacious area. Traditionally, businesses use analog paging systems, which are proprietary, inflexible and not easily managed. Nowadays, more and more organizations are switching to an IP paging system.

What is IP Paging?

Different from a traditional analog paging system, IP paging is a more powerful version of the analog notification system that can be combined with your VoIP phone system and data networks. With an IP paging system, you will be able to increase efficiency significantly and better utilize the technology you already have in place.


How Can I Benefit From Using an IP Paging System?

We know you might not be excited about changing your existing paging system that has been there forever, however, the benefits you can get from installing an IP paging system will significantly outweigh what you’ve sacrificed and make your organization more competitive.

A properly installed IP paging system will allow you to quickly communicate with your mobile workers and will lessen hold times for internal and external calls. It is also more reliable than an analog system. Most IP paging systems can be powered using Power over Ethernet (PoE), which receives power via your network switches. By using uninterruptible power sources for your network switches, your IP paging will operate even when the power is down. See below for some other popular benefits of having an IP paging system:

  • Shared network infrastructure
  • Lower installation and implementation costs
  • Seamless integration into existing networks including legacy analog wiring
  • Simple installation and configuration
  • Scalable to intercoms and paging stations – locally, regionally or globally
  • Remote control and simple end-point expansion in intercom systems
  • Software based zone management in paging systems


Want to Learn More?

ip-paging-new-guideIf you want to learn at your own pace, be sure to check out our IP paging buyers guide for a detailed IP paging system explanation. You can also visit our IP paging page for more product information.

The ideal paging system varies case by case as everyone has a different situation. But don’t worry! That’s what our experts at VoIP Supply are for. Contact us at 1-800-398-VoIP today if you have any questions!


ip-pagingHaving trouble finding an ideal IP paging for your workplace? We’ll help you narrow down your choices by highlighting some of our top-selling IP paging products! Each of them has unique features that can fit in different work environments to ensure that you have an excellent communication experience. Let’s get started!


#1 Advanced Network Devices IPSCM

advanced-network-devices-ipscmIdeal for: A workplace where it is difficult to install additional power for IP speakers, such as school baseball or soccer fields or outdoor campgrounds.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install IP speaker, you won’t want to miss Advanced Network Devices IPSCM. This solution is powered using an RJ45 connection on a CAT 5 cable from a PoE switch, so there’s no need to install power to function the speaker. It also required no special hardware or servers, making it so easy and quick to install.

The IPSCM is an 8in IP speaker embedded into a white 2 foot by 2 foot frame which is designed to be dropped in place of a standard ceiling tile in a typical drop ceiling.

“The IPSCM is easy to install since it only requires a CAT5 cable to connect to the network. It is also PoE capable so it can be powered through a standard PoE switch. Bonus awesomeness is that it’s a talk-back speaker for 2 way communications.”- Joseph Shanahan, Senior VoIP Consultant at VoIP Supply.

The Advanced Network Devices IPSCM Features:

  • 8” Speaker
  • Full multicast and broadcast support
  • Field upgradable
  • On-board web server for status and control and field upgrades
  • Easy to install – built-in test tones allow quick checkout of installation


#2 The Algo 8180 SIP Audi Alerter (NEW)

algo8180Ideal for: A noisy or large workplace such as warehouses, restaurants and machines ships where you tend to miss phone calls because you just can’t hear the ringtones.

The Algo 8180 is a SIP compliant PoE speaker designed for voice paging, loud ringing, and emergency notification. With its high-efficient amplifier and loudspeaker, the Algo 8180 is able to generate an 8 times louder tone than a normal telephone ringer (which means no more missed calls!). The SoundSure technology adjusts loud ring and paging volume to compensate for background ambient noise, protecting your hearing from overly loud volume.

“The Algo 8180 is one of the easiest setups you can find, extremely loud, and very reliable. Instead of adding an extension or “seat” to the noisy site, you can simply pair the Algo 8180 with the Algo 2506 detector which detects the audio from the headset jack and activates 8180 alerter directly without using SIP.” – Brian Hyrek, Senior VoIP consultant at VoIP Supply

The Algo 8180’s most useful features include:

  • Dual purpose loud ringing and talkback voice paging
  • SoundSure ambient noise compensation adjusts output for noise level
  • Selectable alert tones
  • PoE eliminates local power supply

Access the Algo 8180 datasheet here


#3 The CyberData 011186 (NEW)

cyberdata011186Ideal for: An outdoor workplace that faces extreme weather conditions and possible vandalism. Ex: Nursing care facilities, schools and universities, day care facilities, retail establishments, and highway tolls.

The CyberData 011186 is a versatile, cost-efficient outdoor intercom that offers a weather-resistant option and dry relay contacts for optional auxiliary controls. This SIP-enabled solution is perfect for settings requiring two-way communication and secure access.

“The great thing about the CyberData 011186 is the durability and outdoor weather resistant capability. It can also be powered by a PoE switch which really helps with mounting and installation.” – Darren Hartman, Senior VoIP consultant at VoIP Supply

The CyberData 011186 V3 Outdoor Intercom Features:

  • PoE 802.3af enabled (Power over Ethernet)
  • SIP compliant
  • Adaptive full-duplex voice operation
  • Network web management
  • Network adjustable speaker volume and microphone sensitivity

Access the CyberData 011186 datasheet here


#4 The Valcom V-1020C (NEW)

v-1020cIdeal for: Any size offices, retails, educational institutions, etc. where you need a reliable IP speaker solution.

Consider the Valcom V-1020C if you are looking for a reliable solution that can produce exceptional sound quality and wide sound dispersion!

The Valcom V-1020C is a one-way, 8in amplified ceiling speaker with a removable volume control knob for voice paging and background music. The sturdy steel grille design increases its durability for a long term use.

“V-1020C is a very strong solution that you can rely on for a long time. It produces excellent sound quality and is perfect for music reproduction.”- Jon Garbin, Experienced VoIP Consultant at VoIP Supply

The Valcom V-1020C Features:

  • Utilizes Standard CAT 3,5, or 6 cable
  • Excellent voice and music reproduction
  • Built-in accessible volume control per input
  • Additional pop-on, pop-off knob included
  • Wide sound dispersion
  • Electrically, acoustically matched components
  • Sturdy steel grille

Access the Valcom V-1020C datasheet here

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VoIP Supply Q and A

Our tech support team here at VoIP Supply offers great pre- and post-sale support plus provisioning, consultations, and configuration and installation help.

We get a lot of VoIP hardware and software questions and realized that these solutions should be shared with everyone.

Here now are our top three (real) questions and answers from this past week (from VoIP users just like you).

Microsoft Lync Server Needs Skype for

Q: We need to confirm that the latest UC firmware 5.4.0 from Polycom will support Skype for Business server 2015.

A: The quick answer is no.

Firmware version 5.4.0 has a bug and should not be installed.

UC version 5.3.1 will support Skype for Business (this version was released after 5.4.0) and Polycom lists firmware as the “Version Tested”, so this and anything after will be supported including versions 5.1 or 5.3.

How to connect a VoIP Phone over a Wireless Bridge to be used as an extension

Q: We have an in-house phone switchboard with available analog and digital extensions. A nearby office is connected to our LAN over a wireless bridge. Is it possible to connect a phone to the LAN at the remote office and then have a device connected to our LAN in the main office to connect that phone to an extension on the switchboard? The LAN is connected to the Internet through a firewall, but I do NOT want the phone to connect as a VOIP phone through the internet but to act as an extension on our main number. We are not currently planning to switch to VOIP phones for all the extensions.

Is this possible?

A: This would largely depend on the specific PBX you have, and the LAN/WAN setup of your network. If the PBX has IP connectivity and you can register SIP devices, AND if the wireless bridge connects devices directly to your LAN, then you should be able to register the remote phone the same way you would if it was right in your office.

How To Use IP Paging Speaker to Notify Employees on the Floor

Q: I have a production plant and want to install a speaker that can allow me to call out the personnel down on the floor. I wish to do this through any of my current IP phones which are Yealink and are already working on my network. I need to know if this product (Advanced Network Devices Outdoor Speaker) would do the job and how would it work.

A: The Advanced Network Devices IPSWS-SM-O Outdoor Speaker that you’re inquiring about is an Outdoor IP paging speaker.

You can register it as an extension on your PBX and then call it to send a page. Note that this would be one-way audio only.

That’s all for this week, stay tuned for next week’s VoIP Q & A.