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Topic # 42539 6-Oct-2009 15:06
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Hello all!

well i been trying to figure things out and been having a hard time. i LOVE the Cisco 7940g IP phone they made...i seen SOO many people use it. Now i would want to use it in my home office/bedroom but have no idea where to start, like how or what do i even need

but i also like SPA921 Cisco phone, and it seems much easier.
 
i have verizon dsl and phone from verizon, so i have no idea where to start to even use a cisco phone in my home. any help i would like on how to do this

 thanks,

Jordan Morley

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  Reply # 261722 6-Oct-2009 15:15
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Well, these are IP phones, so you will need some sort of phone system. It could just be a SIP server (you might be able to get away with hosted, but either way Asterisk could do this cheaply). You also need to purchase the phone technology license from Cisco - I don't know how expensive this would be.

The only real implementation of these things I've seen has been a full scale rollout with IADs and server equipment - obviously way overkilll for home office.




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  Reply # 261723 6-Oct-2009 15:17
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do you think an IP phone is to much for home office and i maybe should go with a phone system like the at&t 1040? i been researching and IP phone set ups seem to be a pain in the a$$

let me know your opinion thanks

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 261726 6-Oct-2009 15:23
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Of course you can use an IP Phone at home. Many/most people do this without a local SIP server, just registering back to their VoIP provider.

Cisco aren't a great choice though, for starters you have to pay for the firmware so basically you're buying a paperweight until you pay for a license. Secondly their SIP firmware still has odd issues with various server implementations so you might run in to trouble anyway.






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  Reply # 261729 6-Oct-2009 15:34
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what VOIP phone is the best to use? what about AVAYA,

like vonage is VOIP but there "box" does not Support IP phones, so im lost on what i should do

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  Reply # 261739 6-Oct-2009 15:57
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Well I'm guessing this box is an ATA which expects an analog phone. So you probably have three options;

1. Use an analog phone.
2. Inquire if they support a VoIP phone
3. Find another provider who does.




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  Reply # 262274 7-Oct-2009 22:37
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Avaya are designed as a full phone systems and not really appropriate for home use.

Personally I would look at IP phones such as Snom, Thompson, Aastra or even Grandstream (stay away from their Budgetone series).

Snom make a cordless VOIP phone which allows up to three phones running off their base station, the configuration being phone 1 (phone with base station), phone 2 (phone only), phone 3 (phone only).

You would also need to arrange a VOIP service with any of your local VOIP providers. I started as a rank amateur with VOIP and found it reasonable easy to configure my phones to work with my VOIP provider, helped of course by detailed "support instructions" on their web site.

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  Reply # 262301 8-Oct-2009 08:15
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Actually, the snom m3 supports up to 8 phones off the one base station, with 3 simultaneous calls.




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  Reply # 262313 8-Oct-2009 09:14
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hads: Actually, the snom m3 supports up to 8 phones off the one base station, with 3 simultaneous calls.


Thanks for the correction,  it does also show the danger of me relying on my memory of what I'd read about the Snom m3 on your web-site http://nicegear.co.nz/ip-phones/

I must have got confused between the number of simultaneous calls and the number of phones supported off the base station Undecided

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  Reply # 263138 10-Oct-2009 19:42
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Hi I'm running 2 x Cisco 7912 ip phones, picked four up on trade-me for less than $100.00, the seller said that 2 were not working, but after a bit of googling, I was able to update the firmware to sip on all 4, joined them up to 2Talk and have not had a problem. (I sold 2 7912's for $100 each)

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  Reply # 263182 10-Oct-2009 21:56
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I picekd up some more ciscos off trademe that were just flashing the light on power on, eventually found a copy of the file that it was requesting from the tftp server via bittorrent (actually, may have been a forum and rapidshare) and that got them back into life.

I must say that the 7911 is a pig compared to the 7912. Slower menus, less logical menus, and a lot more work to configure...




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  Reply # 263222 11-Oct-2009 07:48
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hi guys

well i am in America, Pittsburgh PA, so...i would need a local provider....i see this not in the US...LOL my bad :), any help for the American?

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