No time to learn about Patton? That’s not an excuse anymore! Now you can get Patton training and certification anywhere, anytime at your own pace!patton-logo

Patton is now launching the new Patton Academy for their Partners to learn about Patton products and services and get hands-on practices online! Any Patton Partner can learn how to install, configure, and operate Patton SmartNode, Copperlink and other products based on the Trinity OS.

Get started and earn your Patton Certified Voice Professional (PCVP) and Patton Certified Voice Expert (PCVE) credential today! Enroll in course number one and order your training kit for the hands-on exercises here: https://www.patton.com/academy/

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard by now that Toshiba is exiting the VoIP business. If you or your business are currently Toshiba customers then you probably were about to fall into a deep despair, that is until Mitel swooped in and saved the day!

Mitel recently confirmed that they have signed a MoU with Toshiba to transfer certain assets and support obligations to Mitel. This Memorandum of Understanding means that Mitel will be honoring Toshiba contracts and warranties, along with honoring past Toshiba quotes and maintaining what is left of Toshiba’s inventory. Doing this will ensure a clear and easy path for customers who will be transitioning over to Mitel.

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But if you are someone who is looking at this as a reason to try something new, there are other options out there. One popular choice that can replace your Toshiba system is Digium Switchvox.

Digium Switchvox is easy-to-use, feature-rich, and cost-effective. If that is not enough for you to consider, we are offering special discounts off the US MSRP for selected Switchvox appliances or Switchvox software downloads when sold to replace a Toshiba system. This promotion also applies if you are looking to replace your Avaya system as well!

In other news, Patton Electronics has released a brand new ATA called the SmartNode 101. This is a feature-rich analog telephone adapter that enables you to connect standard telephones and make VoIP calls using your broadband connection.

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These are easy to install and simple to use. The SN 101 is equipped with one FXS RJ-11 phone interface, and as for the size? These things are SMALL! You can really put this thing anywhere!

If you are just starting to look into VoIP, or looking to give VoIP a try without getting rid of your old telephone lines, then the SN101 is worth a look.

Lastly, we have one huge promotion that we have been running here at VoIP Supply that is coming to a close. Get one month of FREE VoIP service when you sign up through the CloudSpan MarketPlace!

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This is a great deal if you are in the market for VoIP service, but you can also use this to your advantage if you are a VoIP Service reseller! That’s right! You can use this promotion to offer your customers one month of free VoIP service as well! This promotion is ending June 30th, so make sure you take advantage while you still can!

And that is your VoIP News Update for June! If you haven’t caught it yet, check out our video as well! And don’t forget to subscribe to the VoIP Supply’s YouTube channel for all the latest in VoIP!

Are you on board and benefiting from VoIP? Greate! But do you have protections for your VoIP network? You may have heard that, like other Internet-based systems, VoIP networks are also vulnerable to IP-based attacks such as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and identity/information theft. Luckily, with a proper security measure, you will be able to effectively block out the unwanted intruders!

Patton’s SmartNode SIP Session Border Controllers enable Unified Communications for SIP-to-SIP environments and contain built-in security features and Stateful Firewall. They secure the LAN networks from fraud strikes on the Internet. Even better, Patton products come with free post-sales technical support and a 1-year warranty. All products are made in USA. Let’s check out their four most popular SN selections!

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The SN5200

The SN5200 Enterprise Session Border Router is designed to ensure security and a high level of efficiency in the VoIP network. Connecting the Enterprise’s LAN to an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP), the SN5200 creates a single conduit for multimedia components including voice, video, and data. This solution also includes SIP-aware NAT and access control list ACLs for maintaining secure communications when SIP traffic crosses the Enterprise edge. See more features:

  • 1 10/100BaseT WAN port, 4 10/100 LAN Ethernet Portssn5200
  • Complete IP Access Router
  • Quality of Service Voice priority
  • DownStreamQoS
  • Traffic management, shaping and policing
  • Web/HTTP, CLI with local console and remote Telnet access
  • Secure auto-provisioning for both firmware and unit/subscriber configuration
  • Built-in diagnostic tools (trace, debug, call generator)

The SN5300

Consider the SN5300 if you are searching for a powerful solution to create a reliable VoIP and data network. This solution is a CPE-based Enterprise Session Border Router with four SIP sessions and it can be upgraded to 256 SIP sessions when needed. The SN5300 is designed to give users greater network flexibility and assist in easier deploying, troubleshooting, logging, and security. Check out more features:

  • IP Routing —Policy Based Routing, Protocol Based Routing, Packet Length Routing, Packet Filteringsn5300
  • QoS and Security—Deliver secure, toll-quality voice communications routing
  • SIP Registrar – License is included in ALL ESBR products.
  • NO Transcoding
  • Ethernet— Intelligent 4 port Fast Ethernet BaseT 10/100 (routable and switchable)
  • WAN Access—Support for G.SHDSL EFM/ATM 4-wire and 8-wire interfaces
  • Trinity OS—Patton’s Linux based multi-service OS with call control and signaling features

The SN5540/5541

If you are looking for an all-in-one solution for your VoIP system, you won’t want to miss the SmartNode 5541 Series! This solution acts as a VoIP gateway, eSBC, access router and QoS CPE all in one device. It supports up to 8 simultaneous calls for a new standard in toll-bypass, remote/branch office connectivity, and enhanced All-IP carrier services. The SN5541 also undertakes network assessment and monitoring at the customer premise to prevent, reduce and resolve network issues. A truly cost-effective solution! Find more highlighted features:

  • Embedded Packet Smart Agent for network monitoring and assessment 24×7sn5540
  • Secure zero-touch provisioning (HTTPS) for ease of use
  • WebWizard, HTTPS zero touch provisioning, SNMP, command line interface
  • SIPv2, SIPv2 over TLS, ISDN, T.38, G.722 HD Voice, RTP Security with SRTP, fax and modem bypass, DTMF relay.
  • Interoperable for voice and T.38 fax with leading SIP service providers, softswitch vendors, and major IP-PBX manufacturers

Access to SN5541 Datasheet

The SN5570

As is consistent with all Patton SmartNode products, the SN5570 Series are state of the art ESBRs and also provides policy-based IP routing. This Patton ESBR accommodates 1 E1/T1/PRI, up to 30 VoIP calls or 15 SIP Sessions (SIP B2B calls). It is also upgradable, contains SIP-TLS, SRTP and can support 16 Transcoded Calls, 2x Gig Ethernet and contain an external UI power source. Learn more features:

  • Supports 30 VoIP Callssn5570
  • Full VoIP Protocol Support
  • Full Telephony Features
  • Outstanding Interoperability
  • Class A Compliance
  • High Precision Clock (HP) Option
  • Supported by SmartNode Redirection Service

Now, take a look at the comparison chart again to see the four products side by side!

See More Patton eSBCs

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Cost saving is one of the main reasons for many businesses and enterprises to move to VoIP. For businesses that deploy SIP trunks, it may be tempting to cut corners by using lower cost network elements, or by omitting some devices they considered “non-essential” but nice-to-have.

One question we often hear is “Why can’t I just connect my IP Phone or IP PBX to a SIP trunk?” Well, to answer that question, let’s take a look at the risks you are exposed to without an extra protection.

Issue #1 – Security

You may encounter unexpected high phone bills. According to the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA) report, the Internet-based toll fraud cost small business victims $6.08 billion in 2015. Hacking, spamming, and tampering are difficult to prevent without an extra layer of protection.

Failing to encrypt the SIP signaling data can expose such information as user credentials, phone numbers, IP addresses and aspects of the company network topology to malicious intruders.

Solution:

Both SIP signaling information and media content (digitized voice) must be protected (hidden) by encryption.

A high-quality eSBC like Patton’s SN4451 Series will provide a rich set of security features that protect the provider WAN network and the customer LAN from each other, as well as from external security vulnerabilities.

Issue # 2 – Reliability 

IP telephony operates over a complicated computer-based network and it can have network failure and downtime if it’s not protected. Such network failures can cause gaps in a company’s phone service resulting in disrupted communications and loss of business continuity.

Solution:

Patton’s SN4511 eSBCs provides a failover mechanism, and that also provides media gateway and IP routing functions, can deliver survivability for voice and data over a fallback connection to the local phone company (PSTN).

Issue #3 – Service Quality

Bad service quality is the worst. You could lose customers or subscribers because of the poor voice quality or unreliable service.

Solution:

Patton’s SN4451 eSBCs provide dual Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms that include:

  • Bandwidth Reservation – minimum link capacity allocated for voice packets
  • Downstream QoS – throttling mechanisms that limit and slow down large downstream data bursts to prevent flooding the capacity of the link.

Issue #4 – Interoperability

Potential business customers have selected innumerable brands of (traditional or IP-based) PBXs and phones. How many can you realistically certify for guaranteed interoperability with your network elements, protocols, and services?

Solution:

Patton’s eSBCs provide legacy interfaces that IP-enable existing ISDN and POTS business phone systems helps businesses preserve the value and extend the useful life of their capital investments in traditional telephony solutions. While taking advantage of the cost-saving and operational benefits of IP telephony, such solutions enable companies to migrate to converged communications at the pace they deem most comfortable and cost-effective.

Download Patton’s full white paper here.

More Benefits from Patton’s SN5541 eSBCs

Patton’s SN5541 Series acts as VoIP gateway, eSBC, access router and QoS CPE all in one device. It also monitors, prevents, reduces, and resolves network and voice quality problems. Learn more here!

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  • Up to 8 FXS interfaces
  • Advanced Local Call Switching
  • Network Monitoring
  • Auto-Provisioning
  • Easy Management & Provisioning
  • Full VoIP protocol support
  • Made in the USA
  • Free Software Upgrades

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Fast-food chains typically experience a 10 to 50% boost in sales after installing digital menu boards. – According to Digital SignageToday. Among quick-service restaurants (QSRs) studied, 11% achieved payback on their investment within 6 months and another 30% within 12 months.

The use of small-screen digital displays is growing. However, implementing new digital signage comes with a few challenges. Luckily, the CopperLink PoE Ethernet Extender kits (CL 1101) from Patton Electronics has the solutions. Let’s focus on the top three challenges: Cost, Distance, and Infrastructure.

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Challenge One: Cost

To deliver requisite electrical power to the desired signage location, AC power construction may be required: opening walls, digging into the pavement, running the wiring, installing power connections, and then cleaning up the mess. This process can cost your business a fortune.

Solution

The CopperLink Ethernet Extender eliminates the need for construction projects to install network cabling, electrical service wiring, or power outlets. Because the Patton PoE solution leverages low-voltage copper twisted-pair wiring to deliver power to PoE screen panels, the high costs of contracting and licensing a high-voltage cabling project are entirely avoided.

Challenge Two: Distance

In many applications (notably outdoor and campus environments), the optimal position for the digital sign is located far beyond the 300 feet (100 meters) reach of standard Ethernet.

Solution

Available in commercial desktop (CL1101) and hardened-industrial (CL1101E) enclosures, Patton’s PoE Ethernet Extender kits can extend Ethernet connectivity up to 3,300 feet (far beyond 330 feet limit for standard Ethernet) while delivering up 15 watts of electrical power to PoE endpoint devices – all transmitted across existing common copper phone wire.

Challenge Three: Infrastructure

Many project sites lack sufficient installed infrastructure to support IP-network communications between the display panel and the computer that manages and controls it. The same may also be true or supporting electrical wiring to and power outlets at the display screen location.

Solution

The remote unit in these kits does not require a local power source. Even so, it provides up to 15 watts of PoE power to the remotely connected digital sign (or other PoE-enabled devices).

The solution uses network bridging technology to transmit Ethernet LAN traffic transparently to all higher-layer protocols.

So do you think PoE Ethernet extender technology will be a game-changer for mass adoption of digital signage?Check out CL 1101 Ethernet Extender!

Feel trapped by the limited distance of your Ethernet? Always have to relocate your device from a perfect spot because the Ethernet and power outlet are out of your reach? Thanks to the CopperLink 1101 PoE Ethernet Extender, you can finally say goodbye to those days and welcome a new level of flexibility!

If you are using a standard Ethernet, you may have noticed that there’s a 328ft (100m) distance limitation that restricts location options fro device installation. It also requires CAT 5 cabling or better, which often leads to installing new cabling infrastructure that may involve tearing into walls, ceilings, or worse.

The flexibility of device location makes a huge difference when it comes to such applications as building security or hospital monitoring. And that’s where CopperLink 1101 Extender comes into play.

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What Does the CopperLink Ethernet Extender Do?

The CopperLink 1101 Ethernet extender extends an Ethernet or network segment beyond its distance limitation and enables Ethernet connectivity over previously installed copper infrastructure. The solution breathes new life into circuits previously deployed for such traditional non-IP applications as RS232/485 controls, alarms, CCTV, analog phones, intercom speakers, and others.patton-logo

With the CopperLink Extender, you can now install your IP terminal equipment exactly where you need it and instantaneously install PoE-compliant devices such as Wireless Access Points (WAPs), IP cameras, IP telephones, IP door stations with no additional overhead cost. See some highlighted features below:

  • Ethernet Extension – Extends 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet over 3300 feet (1005 meters) using 2-wire, 24-AWG twisted-pair, CAT 3, CAT 5e/6/7, or coaxial cable.
  • Delivers PoE – PowerPlus technology powers up both the remote CopperLink extender and the PoE enabled the device connected to it. No power is required at the remote location.
  • Transparent LAN Bridging – Passes higher layer protocols, including 802.1Q VLAN tagged and untagged packets. Fully transparent to various video compressions schemes such as WMV, MPEG-4, and MJPEG.
  • Plug and Play – Modems need no configuration to operate, Ethernet ports are auto-sensing 10/100, full or half-duplex.
  • Made in the USA – This Patton equipment is designed by Patton engineers and built in Gaithersburg, Maryland facility. Patton’s American-made manufacturing process delivers high-quality networking solutions with reliability you can trust.

Check out CL 1101 Ethernet Extender!

How important is QoS? It is extremely important. Especially for businesses that rely on their phones to be successful. But first, let’s start from the beginning. What does QoS stand for? It stands for “Quality of Service”.

What does QoS mean?

Well, it can mean a few different things but when it comes to VoIP, it’s simple. It’s how well your customers can hear you on the other line! As I had mentioned earlier, and I’m sure you will agree, this can be very important to businesses with call centers, inside sales teams, and customer support teams that use VoIP.

It is important to make sure you are ensuring the QoS of your phone calls! Doing this goes hand in hand with the way your business uses the Internet. I know this might sound confusing and right now you are probably saying “Why would the way I use my Internet affect my business’s quality of service?” So, allow me to explain.

Everything within your business that needs the Internet is hooked up to a router, most likely in your server room. It’s there that everything fights for whatever bandwidth that is available! If this is left unmonitored, bandwidth powerhouses like streaming video, or uploading will take as much as it wants. Kind of like an all-you-can-eat buffet!

When this happens, it leaves other things, like your VoIP phone system, with not enough bandwidth to function properly. This is where you can experience packet loss, resulting in voice delays, broken connections and even dropped calls.

But with a QoS router, like the Patton Smartnode 5200 Enterprise Session Border Router, you are able to prioritize how much bandwidth is used, and where it is used. This puts the bandwidth focus on your business’s important Internet assets, like your VoIP Phone system, but won’t starve other things in your office, like video conferencing or streaming videos.patton-5200

So if your business is experiencing VoIP troubles and you can’t figure out why, it may not be your VoIP service provider. You might just need a little QoS!

How do you manage the bandwidth in your office? Do you use the Patton Smartnode 5200? Or something different? We want to know!

patton-logoWith the release of Patton’s SN5541 Enterprise Session Border Controller, a few questions arose for me. First, what is the benefit of having an ESBC and second, why does this product stand out amongst the rest?

Well, I have the answers for you, but first, let’s discuss what and why you would want or need an ESBC.

 

What Does an ESBC Do?

An ESBC is deployed in the session layer and connects the enterprise communications infrastructure to the public Internet, session initiation protocol (SIP) trunk service providers and/or private networks. It terminates and reassembles received communications to manage traffic while ensuring that the entire UC solution is secure. To help make this a little less technical think of it this way, an ESBC acts like the security guard and only allows those with the right credentials in.

 

The Advantages of Patton’s SN5541

So let’s get to it, what really separates the SN5541 from its competitors? Well, some of the key differentiators are that it has an FXS long reach 10 km or 6.2 miles, that one line could be for each independent FXS port and it will still ring 3 phones at the end of that line, while also supporting all three different methods of message indication. It is also programmed with Dual software image, allowing your device to have active and passive software image, which gives you the possibility to do an immediate switch from one software image to the other quickly without rebooting. This is beneficial to you because if one image fails over, there is a backup of the other image in place. Patton also included secure zero touch provisioning through HTTPS, which makes things easy and secure, saving you time and labor. The 5541 also includes PacketSmart (License Required), which is a very powerful network assessment & monitoring tool used to observe customer networks and live calls, identifying any LAN or WAN issues that affect VoIP call quality.

sn5541SN5541 Features:

  • Up to 8 FXS interfaces2, 4 or 8 FXS ports. Up to 8 G.722/G.711 or T.38 calls simultaneously. Includes SIP TLS/SRTP.
  • Network Monitoring—Embedded Packet Smart Agent for network monitoring and assessment 24×7.
  • Auto-Provisioning—Secure zero-touch provisioning (HTTPS) for ease of use.
  • Easy Management & Provisioning—WebWizard, HTTPS zero touch provisioning, SNMP, command line interface. Automated mass provisioning with dual software image for efficient large-scale deployments
  • Full VoIP protocol support—SIPv2, SIPv2 over TLS, ISDN, T.38, G.722 HD voice, RTP Security with SRTP, fax and modem bypass, DTMF relay.

Another major benefit of the SN5541 series ESBC is that you will be able to have one single device instead of several separate devices. For example, you will no longer need an edge router, firewall or ATA you can simply deploy one SN5541 product which is essentially all of these devices rolled into one! Patton also has a  web wizard tool that you can use to create your own web wizard, they have also put together some templates for these web wizards which are accessible once deployed, to help get you started.

 

Exclusive Free 2-Year Warranty Promotion

VoIP and Patton Electronics have partnered to bring an exclusive promotion only available through VoIP Supply. With any purchase of a Patton SN5541 series ESBC you will receive a FREE 2-year enhanced warranty with on average savings of $30! Just add the SN5541 series ESBC that best suits your business needs and the 2-year Enhanced Warranty to the cart, then use Promo code 399 to receive the discount.

Patton SmartNode Gateways, Routers for Legacy VoIP SIP Trunking and IP PBX Connections

Patton Electronics provides network access and connectivity products such as gateways, routers, and session border controllers that support just about every telephony interface so that you can take advantage of VoIP in a variety of ways that suit your needs or existing infrastructure.

Back in 2012 we posted an interview with Tyler Delin, Product Manager at Patton, who gave us a background on the company.

“Patton is a family-owned-and-operated business that was started in 1984 by the three Patton brothers while students in college,” said Delin.

Delin went on to explain further:

“Patton’s niche was making modems and connectivity products for the telecommunications industry. Over the years Patton has taken those simple beginnings and expanded into a manufacturing company that today employs more than 170 people and provides over 1,000 products, with a focus on VoIP and Ethernet extension technologies. Today, Patton equipment is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks all over the world. We are headquartered right outside of Washington DC in the famous “technology corridor” and we have regional offices in strategic locations across the globe, with training and technical-support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, India and Vietnam.”

Patton SmartNode Gateways

Patton SmartNode gateways and routers integrates IP and TDM communications so that you can use voice-over-IP.

Common applications include:

  • Connecting traditional phones and PBX to a VoIP service provider (SIP Trunking)
  • Migrating a legacy PBX to an IP PBX
  • Gateway to the PSTN for an IP PBX

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SIP Trunks Can Still Use PSTN Connectivity for Local Calls and Fallback

Patton helps you connect to VoIP but their line of SmartNode devices offer helpful PSTN features such as PSTN connectivity for local calls.

SIP trunks are great for saving money, powerful features, and more. But if your business has a high volume of local calls, continuing to utilize the PSTN with your SmartNode gateway may provide some benefits.

And if your business has multiple locations in different areas of the country, you can link Patton FXO gateways at each location via the Internet allowing you to take advantage of low cost, local PSTN calling in each region.

Additionally, for any business that relies on SIP trunking for telephony, SmartNode VoIP gateways can provide PSTN fallback in the event of an Internet outage.

Call centers live and die with voice connectivity. They can add a Patton SN4300 VoIP Gateway to their server closet to access the PSTN for failover, local calls, or just a gradual migration to VoIP and not have to worry about downtime.

Why trust Patton?

  • Unlike their competitors, Patton’s gateways include FREE post sales technical support and configuration help, including a 1 year warranty.
  • Patton’s SmartNode products offer gateway and router solutions with just about every telephony interface: PRI, BRI, T1, E1, etc so they will work with your network!
  • SmartNode supports SIP, H.323, and MGCP VoIP technologies.
  • SmartNode is a mature product, it has stood the test of time and is tested and deployed in hundreds of real-world networks.
  • When using 3CX, Patton works seamlessly as your gateway to the PSTN. Simply choose your Patton Gateway from the 3CX drop down menu.

Free Support and Upgrades

Patton offers the best customer support in the industry and it’s free.

You can call Patton before or after you purchase a SmartNode device and they will answer your questions free of charge.

They also offer guaranteed response and remedy times plus as 24/7 support, for an additional fee.

And if you’re in need of professional services, Patton can help you with system design, installation, configuration and more.

All Patton products have a standard 1 year warranty. Patton Enhanced Warranties are also available if your business needs advanced replacement protection should the device fail – If your unit goes down, your replacement will be shipped next-day priority at no cost to you.

Click here to learn more about Patton SmartNode VoIP Gateways or, call us at 800-398-VoIP for more information.

The Patton Smartnode 4300 series gateway and Smartnode 4400 series gateway-router have been useful to the VoIP world for many years as a high port count FXS gateway, or IP Channel Bank. Now, with the addition of 8 new models, the SN4300 and SN4400 offer FXO connectivity as well.
The Patton Smartnode 4300 series is a VoIP Gateway offering 12, 16, 24, or 32 FXS or FXO ports.  Similar to the SN4300, the 4400 is an enhanced package including a router.  The Smartnode 4400 offers complete access routing with 2 10/100 Ethernet ports, NAT, Firewall, PPPoE, DHCP, DynDNS, multiple VLANs & VPN with IPsec.
High port count FXO gateways allow for some key features in SMEs.  First, they allow for PSTN connectivity for local calls. Using SIP trunks is great, but if a high volume of your calls are local, why not use the PSTN? Two and 4 port FXO gateways are readily available, but larger businesses may need more, and stacking gateways is no fun. If the SME has multiple locations in different geographic regions, adding high port count FXO gateways at each location and linking them via the Internet allows the business to take advantage of low cost local PSTN calling in each remote region.
In large organizations who rely on SIP trunking for their voice communications, the Smartnode 4400 and 4300 can provide PSTN fallback in the event of an Internet outage. The SN4300 is a fantastic addition to the server closet for call centers where voice connectivity is the absolute heart of the business and downtime cannot be tolerated.
The Smartnode 4300 and 4400 is also a great appliance for businesses who want to move to VoIP in a gradual series of steps and not all in one weekend. You can start by implementing a VoIP PBX and using an FXS gateway to give your users the ability to continue to use their analog phones. Or you can connect your IP PBX to the PSTN so you can learn how to best use the features in your VoIP PBX while still relying on the trustworthy service of your PSTN for access.

The Patton Smartnode 4300 series gateway and Smartnode 4400 series gateway-router have been useful to the VoIP world for many years as a high port count FXS gateway, or IP Channel Bank. Now, with the addition of 8 new models, the SN4300 and SN4400 offer FXO connectivity as well.

The Patton Smartnode 4300 series is a VoIP Gateway offering 12, 16, 24, or 32 FXS or FXO ports.  Similar to the SN4300, the 4400 is an enhanced package including a router.  The Smartnode 4400 offers complete access routing with 2 10/100 Ethernet ports, NAT, Firewall, PPPoE, DHCP, DynDNS, multiple VLANs & VPN with IPsec.

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High port count FXO gateways allow for some key features in SMEs.  First, they allow for PSTN connectivity for local calls. Using SIP trunks is great, but if a high volume of your calls are local, why not use the PSTN?  Two and 4 port FXO gateways are readily available, but larger businesses may need more, and stacking gateways is no fun. If the SME has multiple locations in different geographic regions, adding high port count FXO gateways at each location and linking them via the Internet allows the business to take advantage of low cost local PSTN calling in each remote region.

In large organizations who rely on SIP trunking for their voice communications, the Smartnode 4400 and 4300 VoIP gateways can provide PSTN fallback in the event of an Internet outage. The SN4300 is a fantastic addition to the server closet for call centers where voice connectivity is the absolute heart of the business and downtime cannot be tolerated.

The 4300 and 4400 Patton Gateways are also great appliances for businesses who want to move to VoIP in a gradual series of steps and not all in one weekend. A gradual migration to VoIP is achieved by implementing a VoIP PBX and using an FXS gateway to give your users the ability to continue to use their analog phones. Or you can connect your IP PBX to the PSTN so you can learn how to best use the features in your VoIP PBX while still relying on the trustworthy service of your PSTN for access.