Sunday, September 21, 2008

Get MoH on Polycom Phones before 4.0 is release

A workaround was posted to the sipx-users mailing list by Chris St. Dennis. You need to have Polycom firmware 3.1.0b firmware on the phone.

To make Music on Hold work with 3.8.x or later (replace with your SIP domain), add:
to the section of -sipx-config.cfg

It has been reported that this works with sipx 3.8.1 and 3.10.2 between phones and phone to AudioCodes and Patton gateways.

To modify the template so that when phone profiles are generated the settings get in there for all Polycom phones, edit the template file /etc/sipxpbx/polycom/mac-address.d/sip-2.0.cfg.vm.

Chris was kind enough to provide a patch for anyone else wanting to do this (domain is hardcoded in so change to your SIP domain, use at your own risk):
---------------- snip ---------------
--- /etc/sipxpbx/polycom/mac-address.d/sip-2.0.cfg.vm.old 2008-09-19 16:09:56.000000000 -0700
+++ /etc/sipxpbx/polycom/mac-address.d/sip-2.0.cfg.vm 2008-09-19 16:09:41.000000000 -0700
@@ -21,6 +21,7 @@
<musicOnHold voIpProt.SIP.musicOnHold.uri=""/;>
#set ($group = $cfg.EndpointSettings.getSetting('voIpProt').getSetting('SIP.outboundProxy'))
#foreach ($setting in $cfg.getSettings($group))

---------------- snip ---------------

Add the above into a text file called polypatch in the /etc/sipxpbx/polycom/mac-address.d folder and issue the patch command:

cd /etc/sipxpbx/polycom/mac-address.d
patch -p0 <polypatch


Saturday, September 20, 2008

sipXecs 4.0

It's been a little quiet on the sipX world lately.

Great progress is being made on version 4.0. Looks like the release however is going to be pushed to late February of 2009. It will be a big release however with NAT Traversal, ITSP bridging, Conferencing Server (thanks to FreePBX), Music on Hold for the Polycoms & their version 3.1.0 firmware and the addition of the Aastra 5x series of phones into the configurator.

Seems like the assimilation of Pingtel by Nortel has gone relatively smooth (from the outside looking in). Development is continuing at a hurried pace with the extra resouces available now as well.

New IP Console and Softphone Coming for sipXecs

Last year Nortel signed up Advatel from Australia as a development partner. The fruits of the partnership look like they are paying off for the sipXecs / Nortel SCS500 customers.

Advatel's PhoneEasy IP Console and PhoneEasy IP Desktop are now orderable items through Nortel for use with the SCS500. Press Release

Additionally, earlier this year Advatel had signed up Telesource Services, LLC as a distribution partner in the US for the PhoneEasy line of products. Press Release