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Analog devices within Microsoft Lync

Some Departments currently utilize inexpensive cordless analog telephones.

Department 1 has requested that they keep the 3 cordless phones and the shop bell. Department 2 currently has 2 cordless phones. A service area would also like to keep their cordless phone.

I looked at 2 options for allowing wireless/cordless communications in these areas. Polycom has a product called KIRK wireless. It utilizes DECT (current cordless 2.4mhz standard) to provide wireless communications. It requires specialized equipment and a KIRK server to manage the calls and provide LYNC services (i.e presence, messaging, VoIP). A simple starter set is outside of our price range and replacement handsets are quite expensive.

The better option for us is to use the analog equipment currently in use; less startup costs and much lower cost to replace equipment. We would use the AudioCodes Equipment we have for fax connectivity to provide analog connectivity. Also we would continue to use the cordless uniden phones and shop bell already onsite.

This implementation would be fairly easy with equipment we have already purchased.

Using the AudioCodes mediapack 118 and 124 and AudioCodes Mediant 1000 gateways we will be able to provide analog services. Per Microsoft Lync server 10 unleashed : “analog devices do not register to a Lync Front End pool, the gateway provides an interface to associate each analog port with a specified Line URI.

So when setting up department 1 we would associate the port on the AudioCodes device to a URI within Lync. All calls to and from would be sent to the associated port. The AudioCodes provides power to run the same type of services that PSTN lines have in the past; allowing us to ring the shop bell — given that the shop bell is connected to the FXS port.  We would set up a response group to ring the shop bell and the other analog ports at the same time. (As an example)

For Department 1 I would suggest that we set up a splitter off of the FXS port to ring both the bell and the analog lines; The MP 118 and MP 124D both provide 100 volts off of each port. This should be enough to ring the bell.

For the Department 2 we could run both cordless phones off of one audiocodes port with a splitter. They would have the same number and ring at the same time. (This assumes that both phones are currently using the same line.)

For the service area; since they only have one phone it would be easy to associate the AudioCodes port with the needed line in Lync. Then just plug the phone in at it will be ready to go.

This is a potential solution to allow cordless communication without chewing threw capital to implement a third party offering. How would you do it?


A new Gig! and Microsoft Lync

I started a new gig this week. I am now a part-time Network Admin for a Municipality. So far it has been great.

The big push is Microsoft Lync. I have spent alot of my time looking into Microsoft Lync and learning about Unified Communications.

We are starting site surveys next week. The goal is to move everyone off our old PBX onto Microsoft Lync.

What kinds of information do you like to gather when running user site surveys?

Shouting In The Wind


I have BIG plans for this space. It is my goal to write two in depth posts a week on the foundational topics on Data Networking. While the topics will encompass the basics of networking my explanations probably won’t be accessible for those who don’t have a background in IT.

I am always open to answering questions and will do my best to break it down in plain English. One thing you will notice in my writing is I don’t rely on jargon and like to anthropomorphize.

It is my hope that I will gain a following and won’t just be shouting in the wind.

Have an awesome day.