SIP phone functionality with OCS RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm looking for information on if and how you can intergrate a SIP phone into an OCS environment and what amount of functionality the SIP phone will have in the OCS environment.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:32 PM

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  • You cannot register a standard SIP phone against OCS.  Only Communicator Phone Edition devices can register directly with OCS (for example, a Polycom CX700).

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 10:26 PM
  • Myrdyn,

    There is only a few phones on the market that are compatible both with standar SIP and OCS.

    snom is probably the best option. They have phones that are not expensive (less that 100 €) and are fully compatible with both, SIP and OCS.

    Take a look of this -> http://www.snom.com/en/products/microsoft-ocs/snom-ocs-edition-at-a-glance/

    They are by far the best option.. Other options, as LG, Nortel or Polycom are exclusively based on Microsoft Tanjay, and do required either USB connection or a large screen on the PC.    USB Phones are not ideall (they require a softphone), and the ones with large screens (as Polycom) are expensive and big, since they ned to run a embeed softphone (Tanjay), as if they were a PDA with an embeed voip client.

    In contracts,  snom is full OCS compatible, with no Tanjay needed, neither a big screen with a embbed voip softphone (as tanjay) neeed.  Also, they are SIP compatible.

    If you want more info, you may also find a good explaining PPT from EuropeSIP (a snom distributor) here -> http://www.slideshare.net/marinhavs/europe-sip-ocs
    • Proposed as answer by Andres G. _ Wednesday, June 10, 2009 9:42 AM
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 9:39 AM
  • I imagine Mike may post back here again now that this thread has been bumped, but his company (Evangelyze Communications) has released a new software solution called SmartSIP which, among many features, specifcally can allow standard SIP devices to work with OCS.

    You can find more info on it here: http://evangelyze.net/products.asp#SMARTSIP
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:28 AM
  • Thanks Jeff - you're absolutely right.  SmartSIP allows you to use any SIP phone as an OCS endpoint (including softphones like X-Lite), complete with presence, AD integration, etc.  It also allows you to do SIP trunking with any provider.  It's great solution if you already own phones that are SIP compatible (including phones from Nortel, Cisco, Polycom, etc.) or simply want a larger selection of SIP endpoints to use with OCS.
    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Friday, June 12, 2009 8:03 PM
  • If you are in the market for a gateway as well, you could opt for the VX1200 made by net (www.net.com).  This gateway supports the registration of SIP clients directly on the gateway.  We integrated faxes and IP phones this way into the OCS environment, without the need for a traditional PBX or any other integration software.
    Monday, June 15, 2009 9:25 AM
  • The VX series are excellent devices, but a bit pricey and can be overkill for smaller deployments.  If looking for SIP-registration the most afforadable Tenor Series devices from NET also support the same SIP endpoint registration.
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Monday, June 15, 2009 12:13 PM