+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 13 of 13
Wireless Networks Thread, VoIP Solution? in Technical; Hi there Now that our school has complete campus-wide wireless coverage, I want to propose to my managers a VoIP ...
  1. #1
    Samson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    201
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    17

    VoIP Solution?

    Hi there

    Now that our school has complete campus-wide wireless coverage, I want to propose to my managers a VoIP solution to take full advantage of wireless capabilities.

    A phone in every room possibly USB'd to all the computers, which responds to the teacher timetable, so if teacher A was in room 1 and teacher B was in room 2, but next lesson teacher A was in room 2, when you phoned teacher A it would ring room 2.

    Im not sure if such a solution exists, as I have never had any experience with VoIP at all.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks

  2. #2

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,680
    Thank Post
    516
    Thanked 2,451 Times in 1,897 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    832

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    This can be done with Asterisk I believe- with a bit of custom playing, using the follow-me feature and the time of day feature. I've not tried it, but it should work. I would suggest signing up to some asterisk mailing lists/forums and asking about it. Also, set up a test system and have a play.

    The only issue would be that the system would have to be manually configured.

    Also, I would advise against USB phones as they are in effect not much more than a softphone, so the quality won't be too great - go for some standard voip units instead, you can pick up basic ones for £30 each or less now. (Or £60 if you want one with a built in switch).

  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Leicestershire
    Posts
    345
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    i believer we are going doing the Cisco route. Ive just had a word with the guys that are going to carrying out the testing of the new equipment and they chose the cisco product because it was miles ahead of the others which were reviewed...

    From what i believe Cisco werent the most expensive vendor either, which make a change!

  4. #4

    plexer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    13,460
    Thank Post
    646
    Thanked 1,614 Times in 1,444 Posts
    Rep Power
    419

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    I would have thought if the teachers are assigned an extension number and passcode then they can "log on" any wired voip with their extension details so when they move rooms they log off the phone and log in to the next one.

    Or if you have a wireless network give them a wireless sip phone such as:

    http://www.mobiboo.com/t1000_HomeFone_Plus.htm

    For £60 each then they have their extension in their pocket.

    Depending on what your current pbx is you may be able to hook into to allow existing legacy wired phones to call voip extensions or you may be able to replace it completely with an asterisk box.

    Ben

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    84
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    At my primary school (no cash), I set up Skype accounts and we bought some £10 USB phones. I set up the accounts based upon the class number rather than the teacher's name, but in primary schools, teachers don't move about in the same way I suppose. I kept the school name off the accounts to avoid dialling in by parents and others.

  6. #6

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,680
    Thank Post
    516
    Thanked 2,451 Times in 1,897 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    832

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nij.UK
    i believer we are going doing the Cisco route. Ive just had a word with the guys that are going to carrying out the testing of the new equipment and they chose the cisco product because it was miles ahead of the others which were reviewed...

    From what i believe Cisco werent the most expensive vendor either, which make a change!
    We had quotes done for Cisco, Alcatel, Zultys, and doing it ourselves with Asterisk.

    The prices were: £49k, £25k/£49k (2 different companies), £39k and £6.2k.

    So, whoever told you Cisco aren't the most expensive is telling fibs :P

  7. #7

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Leicestershire
    Posts
    345
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    lol.... im not on the project for VoIP i was talking to them about it....

    I will go back to them and see what they have to say!

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Bedfordshire
    Posts
    26
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    Cisco is probably not the cheapest solution. Especially when you put it up against asterisk or skype.

    At the end of the day its down to what you need to do, responsibility and budget. Remeber if you are DIY'ing a phone system if it goes down who is everyone going to come running to?

    Samson - on the Cisco front what you are looking to do is mobility. each teacher has a login and can login to any phone and it becomes their own extension (own speed dials etc)

    With Cisco you can also give people an extension who do not have a fixed phone, so every teacher can have an extension, voicemail box etc.

    You may also be interested in the softphones on laptops. As localzuk says, the USB phones don't offer much benefit and are another thing to carry around (or not as the case may be)

    Cheers, Tom

  9. #9

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,680
    Thank Post
    516
    Thanked 2,451 Times in 1,897 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    832

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_ONI
    At the end of the day its down to what you need to do, responsibility and budget. Remeber if you are DIY'ing a phone system if it goes down who is everyone going to come running to?
    Indeed, they would be running to you. The price I gave above includes 3 servers. One which will be primary, one as a 'fall back' (automatic fallback) and the third (manual fallback) for if they both die. The entire system should be designed to get things running as quick as possible, with the least amount of work.

    The rules with production systems apply here as much as, if not more than, anywhere else. Don't make massive changes to your running system without testing and everything will run smoothly.

  10. #10

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,940
    Thank Post
    886
    Thanked 1,693 Times in 1,472 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Rep Power
    447

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    For windows you could use 3CX http://www.3cx.com, if you are not well up on Linux and installing asterisk try Asterisk now http://www.asterisknow.org/

  11. #11

    beeswax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,285
    Thank Post
    285
    Thanked 225 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    131

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    before the summer break a lightening strike hit a sub station near our school and sent a power surge through our buildings burning out out old (5 years) exchange and causing a load more damage which we're still managing. As replacement parts for this exchange were no longer available and a new switchboard install would cost as much as a cisco voip solution, we went with the latter. with the cisco phones you just key in your user number and pin code and so any calls are directed to the phone you're sitting at. not quite as sophisticated as working to a timetable, but would be a workround if a certain room was not available due to exams, and lessons had to be moved somewhere else.

  12. #12

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,940
    Thank Post
    886
    Thanked 1,693 Times in 1,472 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Rep Power
    447

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    Cisco IP phones are very good, infact there excellent. When i was at the CLC we used the same system.

  13. #13

    john's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    10,530
    Thank Post
    1,496
    Thanked 1,050 Times in 919 Posts
    Rep Power
    303

    Re: VoIP Solution?

    Most PBX's allow you to move extns around, you sign out and in the handsets like you said for the Cisco and voilla, most old wired ones far prefer you to live on the right extn as it takes up extra lines as it sort of diverts via other channels or something but its possible on a lot of them.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. VoIP
    By Oops_my_bad in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 15th November 2007, 09:41 PM
  2. VOIP freeware
    By faza in forum General Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 30th September 2007, 11:02 PM
  3. LAN VoIP or similar
    By Samson in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 20th June 2007, 10:02 AM
  4. To VOIP or not to VOIP, that is the question
    By localzuk in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11th December 2006, 10:16 AM
  5. VOIP over Network
    By shane_southampton in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22nd September 2005, 01:23 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •