Discussion in 'VOIP' started by m, Dec 10, 2004.

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    m Guest

    I recently took on a project to setup a decent phone system 10 phones
    with Linux and asterisk. We have a decent layout planed out on how the
    system will work. found some decent voice over ip providers

    just need now to purchace phones. But if we are to spend $200-350 on
    each phone we dam well wanna now it supports Intercom and paging with
    our phone system . We do not want to find out later that the phone we
    bought only mentioned it might support or that it has the feature but
    does not work with our setup.

    Question is has anyone been able to do this with asterisk? and what
    phone did you use?

    I am being recommened to use cheep grandstream phones.
    -they do not have muilti lines support and the new phone that is not out
    yet noone seems to know enough about them to risk spending money on.

    Sipura same as above.

    Snome has a model 190 I think.. but I hear it might work not that it
    actually works . I need to know for sure . Phones are not cheep !! if
    they where we could afford a mistake like this.

    Cisco 7960. I hear people can do it but no one has confirmed they have
    actualy done it. They have licencing and I am told are hard to firmware
    upgrade and are not as simple to configure like the granstream or a
    sipura device.

    If your not familuar with paging or Intercom terms. When someone calls
    and the call is parked (put on hold) then the receptionist can now
    hit a key combo like (*33) or something like that and now speak across
    all the phones through the speaker phone part something like

    "call on line 2 for joe, joe you have a call on line 2"

    Can anyone help me.
    m, Dec 10, 2004
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    Ian Guest

    At the moment cant help yet as I havent taken delivery of the new Mitel 5215
    Sip phone. I will be getting it next week and will let every one know how it
    performs, as its priced well at £155 not sure o fthe US price though it will
    be good competition to the Cisco sets

    Ian, Dec 10, 2004
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    m Guest

    155uk converts to

    155.00 GBP
    United Kingdom Pounds

    CAD Canadadollars

    Not a huge diffrence in cost. sells the cisco 7960 $317 Canadian

    So price does not matter .. Are you familuar with asterisk's if you are
    can you see how well and easy it is to setup Paging and intercom on it.

    m, Dec 10, 2004
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    jht Guest

    jht, Dec 11, 2004
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    m Guest

    Yes, but this link you left, I have read. It gives me the feeling that
    it does not tottaly work. what they have on snom seems very iffy and
    fragile, is there true intercom?

    So you got to see this demo do what. one phone picked up dial a code and
    one othere phone picked up and you could hear there voice through
    speaker phone.

    what if part scares me

    what if there are 5 phones one person is on the phone the otheres are
    working away then I pick up main desk phone dial code speak. it rings
    all thous phones only one answers and gies the intercom type msg? I
    dunno I will read more up on the phone you mentioned.

    I guess what I am trying to say is did you see it do more then one phone?

    so I know its possible and was it buggy ?
    m, Dec 11, 2004
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    Soren Rathje Guest

    Why don't you ask the Asterisk community directly... ???

    Go to and subscribe to "Asterisk-Users". With
    8,000+ subscribers on the list there should be a good chance your
    questions will be answered. :)

    But, first do your homework and search the Wiki..

    Like this ??

    Soren Rathje, Dec 11, 2004
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    jht Guest

    Maybe there is confusion about the terms "intercom" and "paging". They
    are often used in different ways.

    Intercom is typically just station to station calling. You dial a code
    on your phone to ring another one. If they pick up, you can talk. You
    could set it up to ring groups of phones instead of just one phone.

    Paging is dialing a code on one phone, and talking. Your voice then is
    broadcast either via overhead speakers, or on the speaker phones of the
    phones on the system. No one has to pickup a phone or push any buttons
    to hear the message.

    Paging with handsfree answerback, is dialing a code on one phone and
    talking. People hearing the page can talk back to you without having
    to touch their phone.

    Paging can typically be targeted to single phones or gorups of phones.
    Or in the case of overhead paging speakers, to areas of a building.

    Asterisk with the appropiate phones and configuration can do all of the

    While I've only seen a demo of Asterisk with Polycom phones doing these
    functions, there are descriptions in the wiki of doing these functions
    with other phones.

    jht, Dec 11, 2004
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    Kyler Laird Guest

    Kyler Laird, Dec 11, 2004
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    m Guest

    Call it what you will PAging or Intercom. To this day I have ready many
    have tryed it and that there are work arounds . Thats great BUT DOES IT
    WORK. does anyone have a SIP phone that does this.

    I am not fussy I do not mind if its done though a auto answer trick.

    I am Still left with the big question. What phone is best to buy to set
    up Paging (to call all phones they auto answer or support something *
    supports to auto pickup and relay a voice from a certain key press
    across the system!)

    What phone do I buy. what phone is a safe bett?

    Snom 190?? cisco 7960?? Poly 500-600??!

    Grandsteam sipura? sombody? has to know..

    Please !!

    Gosh I wish there was a asterisk newsgroup.!

    m, Dec 13, 2004
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    m Guest

    m, Dec 13, 2004
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    Soren Rathje Guest - Asterisk-Users has archives back to 1999, not
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    IRC:, channel #asterisk where on average 300 users are
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    The Asterisk channel now requires that your nick be registered with the
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    Soren Rathje, Dec 13, 2004
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    m Guest

    Yah ugh , we need a NEwsgroup all to just asterisk
    m, Dec 16, 2004
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    m Guest

    K this is a follow up if you read the whole thread.. but snom 190 phones
    heck Snom in general has to be the coolest phone on the market. Its
    runing Linux people..

    And yes it does do Intercom.. Eat your heart out this is the phone.,..

    Dam it now buy this phone in droves so the dam price will come down
    selling features..
    -support will not curl up and die after so many years because its open
    source. (linux)
    -firmware upgrades usualy grow when a item becomes popular.. and well
    just the open source part of it and the fact they want to concentrate on
    makeing cool SIP hardware thats just so dam cool.

    now if I could just get a cell phone that works with my provider with
    the 2 way and the features i use plus a few sip lines on it WiFi then
    thats Cool
    m, Jan 5, 2005
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