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  • Does anybody know of a phone that you can place in breakrooms/waiting rooms that can be used without having to login to it?
    Monday, September 28, 2009 4:11 PM

Answers


  • Setup an OCS user as 'breakroom' or 'waiting room'.

    Use a Snom 300 (any of the Snom 300 range), running the OCS firmware.

    Set the user on the phone as the breakroom user - set the phone to 'Report machine State' (this means the phone logins into OCS as itself - it does not compliment a separate user's login - the phone is the user).

    And that's it.


    Just to be clear, the phone log's itself in - not user intervention required.  Other OCS users can see when the phone is in use.  The phone can be used at any time as a regular phone.

    Snom 300's are approx $130.


    Regards

    Paul Adams
    Monday, September 28, 2009 6:17 PM
  • Yes...snom phones are a good solution.

    We have snom phones here and that is going to be their niche here.

    Our snomMP phone (conferencing phone) is already set up this way.

    Also note that you can set a "PIN" for the phone so you can lock it and just hand out the PIN number to those who need to use it (or if you want the support staff to lock them at night).

    The nice part about this is that the phones can still be enabled to dial 911 and other emergency numbers when locked.

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    Also note that once you log into a Tanjay phone (using a service account that doesn't expire for example), users can still dial out even when it locks itself.  Once that is done, you generally wont' need to touch it and users won't be able to do anything with the phone but dial out.   The CX700's and ip8540's are a bit more expensive but our users like them.

    Cheers.

    - Steve


    Steve Hahn
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:35 PM

All replies

  • OCS requires authentication for all directly connected endpoints.  However, our SmartSIP product allows you to use standard SIP phones with OCS without requiring a logon for the user while still leveraging dialing restrictions for that line (you can also use SmartSIP for your normal SIP-compatible desk phones).

    Another option would be to use an analog gateway and connect analog phones for public areas, but you would have to consider the VoIP routing side of this in your environment since an OCS Mediation server can only connect to one gateway at a time for the outbound side.  Obviously it would also require analog phones.
    Mike Stacy | Evangelyze Communications | http://www.evangelyze.net/cs/blogs/mike
    Monday, September 28, 2009 4:53 PM
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  • Setup an OCS user as 'breakroom' or 'waiting room'.

    Use a Snom 300 (any of the Snom 300 range), running the OCS firmware.

    Set the user on the phone as the breakroom user - set the phone to 'Report machine State' (this means the phone logins into OCS as itself - it does not compliment a separate user's login - the phone is the user).

    And that's it.


    Just to be clear, the phone log's itself in - not user intervention required.  Other OCS users can see when the phone is in use.  The phone can be used at any time as a regular phone.

    Snom 300's are approx $130.


    Regards

    Paul Adams
    Monday, September 28, 2009 6:17 PM
  • Thank you for your reply
    Monday, September 28, 2009 8:52 PM
  • Thank you for your reply. We're currently looking at the Snom phones and this may help in our decesion to try this product.
    Monday, September 28, 2009 8:54 PM
  • Yes...snom phones are a good solution.

    We have snom phones here and that is going to be their niche here.

    Our snomMP phone (conferencing phone) is already set up this way.

    Also note that you can set a "PIN" for the phone so you can lock it and just hand out the PIN number to those who need to use it (or if you want the support staff to lock them at night).

    The nice part about this is that the phones can still be enabled to dial 911 and other emergency numbers when locked.

    -----

    Also note that once you log into a Tanjay phone (using a service account that doesn't expire for example), users can still dial out even when it locks itself.  Once that is done, you generally wont' need to touch it and users won't be able to do anything with the phone but dial out.   The CX700's and ip8540's are a bit more expensive but our users like them.

    Cheers.

    - Steve


    Steve Hahn
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:35 PM

  • Thanks - it's good to know all the options...

    I did not know about the use of a PIN on the Snom or that a Tanjay could do the same thing...


    Regards

    Paul Adams
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:32 PM