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Topic # 77716 21-Feb-2011 13:55 Send private message

I'm thinking of getting the above device with more than one handset. Present environment is Asterisk with two wired SIP phones. I'd like to go DECT with the Siemens phones, but don't know if it can treat each handset as a true separate extension. If, for example, I have one Siemens handset in the bedroom and another one in the garage, is it possible to call only the bedroom handset from one of the two wired SIP phones?

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  Reply # 441942 21-Feb-2011 14:07 Send private message

From reading the reviews on amazon.co.uk it seems like that is a feature of the phones, one handset can be configured to only ring to one of the SIP accounts.

You can also ring each handset individaully from another extension as an internal intercom

(Been researching them for when I move to voip at home)



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  Reply # 441945 21-Feb-2011 14:29 Send private message

That's what I thought at first, but am not convinced that is the case. I understand that you can setup 6 different SIP accounts (for outgoing calls) and you can get different handsets to ring depending on which of the 6 SIP accounts an incoming call is coming from. In my case, all the calls go through Asterisk, so unless each one of the handsets can be separately identified to Asterisk in some way, then I don't have a way of specifically calling only one of the Siemens handsets from one of the my SIP phones. Would be nice if there was a way.

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  Reply # 442082 21-Feb-2011 19:49 Send private message

I've had one of these for a few years now and don't see how it would be possible. Don't use it much now, but I'd recommend buying the S685 anyway, you can pick them up for around NZ$200 and they're a far superior phone.

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  Reply # 442085 21-Feb-2011 19:56 Send private message

The Snom M3 & M9's can do this, but also cost quite a bit more.




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  Reply # 442089 21-Feb-2011 20:05 Send private message

I have the Gigaset 685ip with dual handsets from http://www.hip-ip.com (thanks sbiddle!) and could do this with my setup if required. I have two handsets and have named them both harrington. I can specify which handset dials and which handset receives numbers but don't require this functionality. Here is a screenshot. The two handsets are listed below one another. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more info.

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  Reply # 442096 21-Feb-2011 20:34 Send private message

Thanks for the responses. Much appreciated.
coffeebaron: Yes, these phones look nice, but a bit out of my price range... or should I say beyond the allowance permitted by she who holds the purse strings.
sbiddle: I'll have a look at the S685 and see if it fits the bill.
hairy1: Thanks for the screenshot. This looks similar to what you can do with the A580, except you can specify  a different SIP incoming account for each handset. What I'm looking for though is the ability for a SIP incoming account to select  the A680 or S685 handset to which to route the call to. From Asterisk's perspective (and any other VOIP provider?), it appears that the base station looks like a single phone/extension. The base station then decides, based on from which account the call is coming from, which handset to ring.

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  Reply # 442216 22-Feb-2011 08:01 Send private message

If price is a problem your best bet is a SPA2102 and 2 x cordless phones which will allow you two extensions.

The cheapest way of doing what you want to do is 2 x Gigaset phones and base stations, the best way of doing what you want is a Snom M3 setup with 2 phones however that'll set you back a lot more. The M3's are great phones though.



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  Reply # 442256 22-Feb-2011 09:55 Send private message

Yes, the Snom M3 does seem to be the nicest solution. I've heard they sound "just that much better" than an ATA + Cordless phone combination, plus it would reduce the clutter. I've got enough cords and power adaptors around. Will just have to save a bit harder, I guess.



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  Reply # 446574 8-Mar-2011 10:47 Send private message

Just and update. Being cheap, I did decide to go for a Linksys pap2t and two Uniden DECT6 phones. One uses port 5060 and the other 5061. Total cost about $120. The pap2t sits under the floor, so no visible cables and the sound quality is pretty good.

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