MaxCommunicator™ Manual

MAX Communication Server
Release 6.5
7/2009 4503-0001-6.5
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About MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
New in Release 6.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
ACT!/GoldMine® Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Pre-Installation Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Installing MaxCommunicator on a Client System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Uninstalling MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Automatic Upgrade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Downgrade Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Logging In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Version Mismatch Dialog Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Logging In Remotely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
IP Extensions Using IPTalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
When Connection Is Broken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Overview of the Main Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Click a Number to Make a Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Status Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Toolbar Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Call Information Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Tabbed Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Changing Activity Status and Recording Activity Greetings . . . . 14
Turning Do Not Disturb On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
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Minimizing and Exiting MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shrinking MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Windows Tray Phone Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Searching in the Tabbed Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Handling Calls with MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Answering Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dialing Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dialing Speed Dial Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Redialing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Placing Calls on Hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Call Waiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Transferring Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Conference Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Station Conferencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MeetMe Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Working in the MeetMe Conference Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Creating a Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
E-mailing a Meeting Invitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting and Stopping a Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What the MeetMe Conference Host Can Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Continuing a Meeting Beyond Its Duration Time . . . . . . . . . . .
Joining a MeetMe Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Recording on Demand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Account Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Voice Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dealing with Voice Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Save at Remote Server or Export Locally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Returning a Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Attaching a Note. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Forwarding Voice Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Monitoring the Activity of Other Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Choosing Extensions to Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Reading the Monitor List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Calling or Picking Up Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Viewing the Call History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Using the Contacts Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Configuring Your MaxCommunicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Default Trunk Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Other General Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Call Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
One Number Access (ONA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Before You Set Up ONA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Setting Up One Number Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Message Notification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Working with Voice Mail Groups (Distribution Lists) . . . . . . . 59
Working on Voice Mail Group Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Call Alert Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Voice Mail Play Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
CRM Integration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Tab Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Theme Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
IPTalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Appendix A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Errors and Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Troubleshooting IP Connectivity from a Remote Location . . . . 70
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
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About MaxCommunicator
In addition, MaxCommunicator integrates with Microsoft Outlook and
Outlook Express, ACT! , and GoldMine® for caller screen pops and dialing
out from these applications.
New in Release 6.5
The following features are new in Release 6.5:
• LinePark tab—If an extension is configured as a member of a line park
group in MaxAdmin, the extension user can see and pick up a parked
call from that group in the new LinePark tab of MaxCommunicator.
The user can also park a call from MaxCommunicator.
• The station conference bridge is released when the number of
conference participants is reduced to two. The call can then be
transferred, parked, or tagged with an account code, and another party
with privilege can monitor, barge in, listen to, or coach the call.
• IPTalk configuration enhanced to use IEEE 802.1p
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express
MaxCommunicator 6.5 supports Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007, and
Outlook Express 5.0, allowing you to obtain phone numbers to dial from a
Microsoft Contact list. MaxCommunicator also lets you see the incoming
calls that have a matching record in the Contact list.
You must set up the Outlook Contacts list prior to using this feature.
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MaxCommunicator is call management software for the general desktop
PC user. It runs with the MAX Communication Server ACC or ACM
system. MaxCommunicator users can access, configure, and perform
several of the system’s PBX functions directly from the desktop, including
call handling, call forwarding, voice messaging, extension monitoring,
conferencing, and One Number Access.
ACT!/GoldMine® Support
MaxCommunicator 6.5 supports ACT! 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (version
10) and GoldMine® 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 contact management software,
allowing you to obtain phone numbers to dial from the ACT! or
GoldMine® contact database list. MaxCommunicator also lets you see the
matching record from the contact database list of the incoming calls.
Note: Before ACT! can work with MaxCommunicator, you MUST
install the ACT! Plugin.
The following AltiGen licenses are required:
• MaxCommunicator requires a MaxCommunicator seat license for
each user, or a MaxCommunicator session license.
• The IPTalk feature requires an IPTalk license for each user, or an
IPTalk session license.
• ACT! and GoldMine integration require an Integration Connector
license for each user.
A system administrator can assign and verify seat licenses in
MaxAdministrator by selecting License > Client SEAT License
Management from the main menu.
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The client system must meet the following minimum requirements.
• IBM/PC AT compatible system
• Microsoft .NET 2.0 with SP1 framework (version 2.0.50727.1433)
• 2 GHz CPU or above recommended (mimimum is 1 GHz , but if you
use 1 GHz, expect delays when loading large numbers of contacts)
• Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business Edition
• 2 GB available hard drive disk space
• 512 MB RAM
• SVGA monitor (1024 x 768) with 256 color display, or better
• Keyboard and mouse
• A sound card in the PC, if using IPTalk
• MAX Communication Server ACC 6.5 or MAX Communication
Server ACM 6.5 running on a server accessible to this client.
Pre-Installation Checklist
Before installing MaxCommunicator, make sure the following is done:
• MAX Communication Server ACC 6.5 or MAX Communication
Server ACM 6.5 has been installed on the system server.
• TCP/IP is enabled on both machines.
• The client is able to connect to the server on the network.
• The person installing MaxCommunicator has local administrator
rights on the client PC.
• The extension affiliated with the client PC has a MaxCommunicator
Seat License assigned to it, or there is a MaxCommunicator Session
License installed in the MAXCS system.
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Installing MaxCommunicator on a Client System
When the above items are done, follow these steps on the client machine:
Exit all Windows applications.
Insert the MAX Communication Server 6.5 Clients CD into the CD
ROM drive.
Open the MaxCommunicator folder, and run the Setup program in
that folder, following the step-by-step installation instructions as they
appear on the screen.
Alternatively, if your system administrator has loaded MaxCommunicator
on a shared network server, you can copy the files in the
MaxCommunicator folder to your desktop PC, and run the
MaxCommunicator Setup program.
Uninstalling MaxCommunicator
From the Windows Start menu, select Control Panel > Add/Remove
Programs > MaxCommunicator to uninstall MaxCommunicator.
Click Remove, and respond to any additional prompts.
Automatic Upgrade
Each time you start up MaxCommunicator, a comparison is made with the
version of MAX Communication Server ACC/ACM that is running on the
server. If updates were made on the server, and your version of
MaxCommunicator is out-of-date, you are prompted for upgrade
permission. If you automatically upgrade, the MaxCommunicator startup is
terminated and a software upgrade session is started. Restart
MaxCommunicator to run the newer version.
Note: For remote MaxCommunicator users outside the firewall, TCP
port 10050 is required to be open to allow automatic upgrade.
Automatic upgrade over the Internet requires the sending of 15 MB
files over the WAN, which may take some time, to perform the
automatic update.
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Downgrade Procedure
Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and remove the
MaxCommunicator 6.5 program and ALL OTHER 6.5 client
applications (including MaxAgent, MaxOutlook, MaxSupervisor,
AltiConsole and CDR Search).
Reboot your system.
Install the earlier software.
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Getting Started
Start MaxCommunicator from the Microsoft Windows Start menu, by
choosing Start > All Programs > MaxCommunicator >
If you are connecting to the Internet through a modem connection, before
you log in, establish a session connection from your PC to your local
Internet service provider. If you’re using a low-speed connection, the login
may take some time, since a large amount of data is transferred to your
Logging In
If this is your first login to this MAX Communication Server ACC/
ACM system, enter the system server’s IP address or the name of the
system server you will be using. To obtain the server name or IP
address, ask your system administrator.
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Note: For users running Windows XP SP2, a firewall protection Security
Alert may pop up when opening the login window. If this happens,
click Yes to allow MaxCommunicator to run.
(Subsequently, when you log in, you’ll see the IP address in the Server
Name field. You may use the drop-down list to select a different
server, if more than one server is available.)
Enter your Extension number and Password assigned to your phone.
(You can also log in as a workgroup or a huntgroup.)
If you want to store your login password and have it entered
automatically the next time you log in to MaxCommunicator, check
the Always save password check box.
Note: Up to eight unsuccessful login attempts are allowed, after
which login will be disabled for from 1 to 24 hours (depending
on the duration set by your system administrator).
If your extension is an IP extension and you will be using a headset,
check the Enable IPTalk softphone option. (An AltiGen IPTalk
license must be assigned to your extension.)
(Even if you do not have an IP phone, as long as your extension is set
up as an IP extension by your system administrator, you can check the
Enable IPTalk softphone check box.)
See “Logging In Remotely” on page 8 for more information on using
IP extensions remotely.
Click Sign In or press the Enter key. To back out of signing in, click
Cancel or press the Esc key.
Version Mismatch Dialog Box
If your version of MaxCommunicator doesn’t match the version of MAX
Communication Server on the system server, you are prompted for upgrade
permission when you try to log in. If you allow upgrade at this time, the
MaxCommunicator startup is terminated and a software upgrade session is
started. Restart MaxCommunicator to run the newer version. (See
“Automatic Upgrade” on page 4 for more details.)
Logging In Remotely
You can use MaxCommunicator from a remote location if
• MaxCommunicator is installed on your remote computer
• Your extension is configured as an IP or mobile extension by your
system administrator
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• You have an AltiGen-certified IP phone or are using IPTalk
Consult your system administrator or authorized AltiGen dealer for details
on obtaining this equipment.
All the call handling functions are the same as when you log in locally, with
the exception of the ability to configure One Number Access. You can pick
up voice mail, forward local business office phone calls to another site such
as a home desktop PC, and even receive phone calls as you would at the
If you connect to the Internet through a modem connection, establish
a connection to your internet service provider (ISP).
Log in using your Extension and Password as usual.
If you will be using a headset plugged into your PC, check the Enable
IPTalk softphone check box. (An AltiGen IPTalk license must be
assigned to your extension.)
Click OK.
IP Extensions Using IPTalk
An AltiGen-certified USB headset system is recommended for IP
extensions using IPTalk (your phone system administrator or AltiGen
dealer can recommend headsets).
Important: You can run only one instance of MaxCommunicator with
IPTalk per system.
To make and receive calls using IPTalk
Connect your headset to your PC.
Use the MaxCommunicator dialing and call accepting functions as
usual to make and receive calls.
When Connection Is Broken
When a connection with the phone server is broken, a message box pops up
asking if you want to connect again. Click Yes to restore the connection
without having to go through the log-in process again.
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To log in from a remote location
Overview of the Main Window
Once you log in to MaxCommunicator, the main window appears, providing
tools to manage and monitor calls, and to facilitate management of your
personal contacts.
You can customize the MaxCommunicator display: select the theme; the
toolbar buttons, tabs, and columns you need and their order of appearance;
the sort order; and so on. See “Customizing the Display” on page 17.
See call Information here
Set your activity state
Dialer box
Shrink window
Status bar
Call control tool bar
Tabbed pages
If you checked Enable IPTalk when you logged in, the right side of the
toolbar looks a little different:
Click the Down arrow to access the Mute button, the Volume button, and
the Arrange Window button that lets you shrink the window.
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Click a Number to Make a Call
All phone numbers become underlined when you pass the cursor over
them. Click an underlined number to make a call to that number.
Right-click a call to see a context menu.
Status Bar
• Change your activity state from the drop-down list (see “Changing
Activity Status and Recording Activity Greetings” on page 14).
• If you have configured Call Handling to forward all calls, see the target
destination, for example,
• See the number of unopened voice mails
• Turn Do Not Disturb (DND) on and off
Not Disturb On and Off” on page 15).
(see “Turning Do
• If you’re using IPTalk, you can mute the call (using the Mute toggle
button) and control the volume using the volume control
Mute button (toggle)
Volume control
• Shrink MaxCommunicator to a single tool bar and restore it to normal
size by selecting from the drop-down menu
• Configure MaxCommunicator
MaxCommunicator” on page 51).
• Open help
(see “Configuring Your
Toolbar Buttons
Toolbar buttons provide single-click functions to connect, hangup,
transfer, send to voicemail, hold, conference, send calls to AA (auto
attendant), flash, record, redial, intercom, and enter account code.
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From the status bar you can do the following:
You can choose the buttons you want and the order in which you want
them. See “Customizing the Display” on page 17.
The Dialer field and Dial button are also in the toolbar. Click the Dial
button to pop up the dial pad.
Dialer field.
Click the x to
clear the dial
field or close
the dial pad.
up dial
Call Information Panel
The call information panel displays several columns of information about
Record— shows when a call is being recorded
State—the state of the currently active call:
• AA—the call is being transferred to an auto attendant
• Busy—callee is busy or not available
• Call Pending—the call is placed into a workgroup queue
• Conference—the call is in conference
• Connect—the call is connected
• Dial Tone—a dial tone is present, and MaxCommunicator is ready to
dial out
• Error—receipt of an error tone
• Hold—the call is on hold
• Hold Pending— the call is being transferred or conferenced
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• Idle—the extension is not in use
• Play VM—playing voice mail (The Duration field displays the
duration of the voice mail as it plays. The duration display does not
reflect fast forward or fast backward.)
• Record—recording an introductory message
• Ringback—caller sees this state while the callee’s phone is ringing
Name—the name of the person on the other end of the call, if available
Number—the phone number at the other end of the call
Group—your workgroup number for this call
DNIS—the DNIS number, if appropriate
Duration—duration of the call
Conference—indicates the conference host
To hide a column you don’t want to see, right-click a column heading and
uncheck the column.
To rearrange columns, click and drag a column heading to where you
want it.
Accessing a Context Menu for a Call
You can right-click a call to access a context menu for that call. Then select
from commands available for that call.
Tabbed Pages
Nine tabbed pages are available on the bottom half of the
MaxCommunicator screen: Directory, History, Contacts, Voicemail,
Monitor, Line Park, Speed Dial, MeetMe, and Greeting.
Directory—Lists the extensions of people at the company. Columns
include: Type (local, remote), Extension, Name, Activity, Department,
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• Ringing—an outgoing call is ringing another phone or an incoming
call is ringing your phone
History—A history of your incoming, outgoing, and missed calls.
Columns include: Direction (incoming, outgoing, missed), Number, Name,
Date/Time, Duration, DNIS, Group, and Note.
Contacts—A list of contacts you have added to your MaxCommunicator.
Columns include: Name, Company, Business Phone, Mobile Phone, Email
Address, IM Address, Home Phone, OCS Presence.
Voicemail—A log of unopened and opened voice mails left at your
extension. Columns include: Type, Number, Caller Name (if available
from extension information or from an external database), Date/Time,
Duration, and Note. See “Dealing with Voice Mail” on page 43.
Monitor—A list of extensions you have chosen to monitor. Columns
include: State, Extension, Name, Activity, DND/FWD, Caller Name,
Number, Department, Location, DNIS, and Duration. See “Monitoring the
Activity of Other Extensions” on page 46.
Line Park—Shows calls parked for line park groups that you are a member
of. You can pick up a parked call from the LinePark tab. Columns include:
Park (the Park ID), Extension, Caller Name, Number, DNIS, and Duration.
To park a call in MaxCommunicator, click the Flash button on the call
control tool bar (you must customize your tool bar to display the Flash
button), enter #41 (system call park) or #31 (personal call park) in the dialer
field, then click the Connect button on the call control tool bar.
Speed Dial—A list of speed dial numbers entered by the system
administrator and entered at the extension. Columns include: Type
(extension speed dial or system speed dial), ID, Name, Number, and Note.
See “Dialing Speed Dial Numbers” on page 25.
MeetMe—From the MeetMe tab, you can schedule and monitor phone
meetings. See “MeetMe Conference” on page 32.
Greeting—From the Greeting tab, you can record and review greetings
for each Activity state. See the following section.
Changing Activity Status and Recording
Activity Greetings
You can specify your whereabouts, so that others are informed. Click the
Down arrow on the Activity button
appropriate category:
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and choose the
• Available (System) (the system greeting is used)
• Available (Personal) (your personal greeting is used)
• Meeting
• Away
• Travel
• PTO (personal time off)
The activity category you select appears beside the button. Keep your
Activity status updated.
You can record a different greeting for each Activity status. To do so, click
the Greeting tab, and select an Activity. Then click the Record button at the
bottom of the tab to record a greeting. (Alternatively, you can right-click the
activity, and select Record.) Use your phone or headset to record the
To hear the greeting played back, click the Review. button. Change your
greeting whenever you want to.
Turning Do Not Disturb On and Off
button is a toggle that turns Do Not Disturb on and off.
When Do Not Disturb is on, all incoming calls are forwarded according to
your Enable Busy Call Handling settings.
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Your system administrator may have configured additional activities to
select from.
Note: If the system administrator has disabled the Do Not Disturb feature
for the extension, the DND feature will not be available to you. If
you select DND, an alert pops up informing you that DND is not
Minimizing and Exiting MaxCommunicator
Minimize - To minimize MaxCommunicator, click the Minimize button
in the top right corner of the screen. MaxCommunicator shrinks to an
icon in the tray in the lower right corner of your screen.
Exit - If you are shutting down Microsoft Windows, MaxCommunicator
will exit automatically. Otherwise, to exit MaxCommunicator, click the
button at the top right of the MaxCommunicator window. To exit
MaxCommunicator when you have shrunk it to a single toolbar, first
restore it to normal size, then click the exit button.
Shrinking MaxCommunicator
To shrink MaxCommunicator to a strip at the top or bottom of your screen,
click the Arrange Window button
and select Top or Bottom. The
strip displays the MaxCommunicator status bar, plus no more than six call
control buttons and the dialer field:
Default call control buttons
To restore MaxCommunicator to full view, click the Arrange Window
button and select Normal.
When MaxCommunicator is shrunk and you put a call on hold (by clicking
on the Hold button), the number flashes. Clicking the number reconnects
to the call.
Note: If a new call comes in while a call is on hold, MaxCommunicator
changes to normal size automatically, allowing you access to both
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Using the Windows Tray Phone Icon
After you log in, the MaxCommunicator icon is displayed in the Windows
tray, normally at the bottom right of your screen.
When you have new voice mail, the icon changes to show you have voice
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If MaxCommunicator is not on your Windows desktop, but either icon
appears in the Windows tray, double-click it to open the
MaxCommunicator main window.
Searching in the Tabbed Windows
Searching is available in these tabs: Directory, History, Contacts, Voice
Mail, and Speed Dial.
To search,
In the Search in field, select the column you want to search in.
Put your cursor in the field beside the magnifying glass, and type what
you’re looking for. The search begins as you type, and the list is
narrowed to records that match what you’re typing.
When you begin a new search, all the information that was on the tab
reappears. Or you can clear the field beside the magnifying glass or
make another selection in the Search in field, and you’ll see all the
information on the tab.
Customizing the Display
You can customize the MaxCommunicator display to meet your needs in
the following ways:
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• Resize MaxCommunicator windows by using the standard Windows
method: place the cursor at a window edge or corner, then drag the
window to the size you want.
• Specify the tabs you want to see. To select the tabs you want to
display, right-click on the area to the right of the tabs. A list of tabs
Check the tabs you want to display, and uncheck the tabs you don’t
want to display.
• Specify the columns you want to see by right-clicking a column
heading and checking or unchecking columns in the pop-up list.
Checked columns will be displayed.
• Resize columns by placing the cursor on a column divider in the
header area until the cursor changes to a movable double bar (||). Then
move the bar to resize the column.
• Rearrange columns by clicking and dragging a column name to the
location you want.
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Moving the Record column to the right
Ascending order
Descending order
• Add, remove, and rearrange the toolbar buttons in
MaxCommunicator by right-clicking in the button area and choosing
Customize Toolbar Buttons.
Toolbar Customization dialog box opens:
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• Sort columns in ascending or descending order by clicking the
column heading. An ascending (first to last) or descending (last to
first) arrow appears. Click the column heading again to sort in the
reverse order. If you click a column heading, and all the data in that
column is the same, MaxCommunicator keeps the sort order of the
previously clicked column.
The buttons displayed in your MaxCommunicator are in the right-hand
list. To remove a toolbar button, select it and click Remove. To add a
toolbar button, select a button from the list on the left, and click Add.
To rearrange buttons, select a button from the list on the right, and
click the Up button or Down button, until the toolbar button is where
you want it. When finished, click OK.
Note: When MaxCommunicator is shrunk to a strip at the top or
bottom of your screen, six buttons are initially displayed by
default in the shrunken toolbar: Connect, Hold, Transfer, To
VM, Hangup, Redial. These are the only buttons available to
a shrunken toolbar. You can remove any of them in the way
just described and add them back again.
When MaxCommunicator is made normal size, the buttons you
originally selected are again displayed in the toolbar. In other
words, you configure the normal toolbar and the shrunken
toolbar separately, and MaxCommunicator keeps your
preferences for each.
• Remove the dialer field by right-clicking a toolbar button and
choosing Customize Toolbar Buttons, as above. In the Toolbar
Customization dialog box, clear the check box beside Show Dialer. To
display the dialer again, check the Show Dialer check box.
• Pop up MaxCommunicator when you have incoming calls. Pop ups
work when MaxCommunicator is minimized or is a strip at the top or
bottom of the window but not when you have exited. See “Call Alert
Options” on page 61.
• Drag and dock the tabs by dragging the dotted area above them to the
right arrow, the left arrow or the bottom arrow. Once you start moving
the group of tabs, the arrows appear. Move the cursor to an arrow, and
the tabs will be docked at the side you selected.
Dragging and docking tabs
When the docking arrows appear, they look like this
• Drag and dock one tab by dragging it by its tab until the cursor is on
the arrow where you want the tab to dock.
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• Make a tab a separate window independent of the
MaxCommunicator main window by dragging it out by its tab, or by
double-clicking the tab. Then you can resize the window and move it
To dismiss the window, click the close button in the upper right corner.
To return the window to the set of tabbed pages, drag it by its title bar
to the tabs area.
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A tab is being dragged from an independent window back
to the tabs group.
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Handling Calls with
MaxCommunicator call handling-related functions include:
• Answering calls, page 23
• Dialing out, page 24
• Placing calls on hold, page 26
• Using call waiting, page 27
• Transferring calls, page 27
• Conferencing, page 29
• Recording Calls, page 40
• Using account codes, page 41
• Using voice mail, page 42
• Monitoring other extensions, page 46
• Viewing the history of calls, page 47
• Using the Contacts tab, page 49
Answering Calls
To answer a call click the word Ringing in the call’s State cell. The state
changes to Connected.
Or, click the Connect button in the toolbar.
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Dialing Out
To dial a number, click in the dialing field, enter a number or name, and
then click the Dial button or press Enter on your computer keyboard.
• Enter a number—You can enter a number in the dialing field by
using the standard numeric keys or numeric keypad on your computer,
or by using the dial pad in MaxCommunicator.
• Enter a name—For names recorded in the system, you can enter a
name by using the keyboard on your computer to type the name. Then
select the name from the drop-down list that opens. The number for
that name appears in the dialing field.
To close the drop-down list or clear the dialing field, click the “x” in
the field.
You can start typing a
name in the dialing
field to open your
company directory
list. Then select a
You can enter a number
in the dialing field
You can click the Dial button to
open the dial pad
Searching for
“western team” by
starting to type in the
dialing field
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The Call Information panel displays the state of the call:
Dialing Speed Dial Numbers
To dial speed dial numbers, click the Speed Dial tab:
This tab lists speed dial numbers that you have configured at your extension
(extension speed dial numbers), and it lists speed dial numbers, if any, that
have been set up for your extension by the system administrator (system
speed dial numbers). You can see in the Type column which numbers are
extension speed dial numbers and which are system speed dial numbers.
To call a speed dial number, click the number in its Number column.
Setting Up and Editing Extension Speed Dial Numbers
To set up an extension speed dial number:
Click the Speed Dial tab and double-click an empty Extention type
row. The Extension Speed dialog box pops up.
Enter a name, number, and note if desired.
When you add an outside number, all relevant prefix digits such as
trunk or route access number, the long distance prefix 1 and area codes
must precede the phone number.
Click OK.
You can enter up to 20 speed dial numbers.
Note: Extension-type speed dial numbers are also set up by using the #25
feature code on your phone set.
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Click the number to make the call
To edit a speed dial number in MaxCommunicator, double-click in its
Type, ID, or Name columns. The Extension Speed dialog box pops up.
Make your edits, and click OK. To delete the information, clear the fields
and click OK. If you just want to edit a note, you can double-click in the
Note field on the Speed Dial tab and edit the note right in the table.
For system-type speed dial numbers, you can edit the note, but only the
system administrator can edit the other fields.
To redial the last number called, click the Redial button. If the Redial
button is not on your MaxCommunicator screen, you can display it by
right-clicking on a command button, choosing Customize Toolbar
Buttons, and adding Redial to your Customize Bar list. Click OK.
Placing Calls on Hold
During a phone call, either click the word Connected in the call’s State cell
or click the Hold button in the MaxCommunicator toolbar. The state of the
call is changed from connected to a hold state and you will hear the dial
Click Hold in the call’s State cell to release the hold and reconnect the call.
Note: When a call is put on hold automatically by the system (to queue),
the system will ring you after two minutes if the call is still on hold.
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Using Call Waiting
During a call, you may receive another incoming call. To answer the call,
click ringing in the new call’s State cell. The call to which you were
connected goes to the hold state.
Click Ringing
to answer
second call
When you are ready to reconnect to the call on hold, click Hold in the State
cell of the call. The call goes to the connected state.
Transferring Calls
MaxCommunicator allows for both supervised transfer (in which you
confirm the transfer with the target) and blind transfer.
You may transfer calls in the following ways:
Dragging—Drag and drop the call (either while it’s ringing or connected)
onto the target number on the Directory, Speed Dial, Contacts, or
Monitor tabbed pages.
Dialing—While connected to a call, in the dialing field enter the target
number you want to transfer to, then click the Transfer button.
Clicking— If the target number is on the Directory, Speed Dial,
Contacts, or Monitor tab, click it. Then click Transfer.
You’re asked to confirm the transfer by clicking the Yes button in a
confirmation dialog box.
You can click Yes before the party answers to do a blind transfer, or you
can wait for the person to answer and then confirm or cancel the transfer.
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The first call
goes to Hold
At any time before or after the person you’re transferring to answers
the phone, you can cancel the transfer by clicking the No button or by
closing the dialog box.
If the transfer is canceled, MaxCommunicator reconnects the call to
your extension. The call is also reconnected if the third party doesn’t
Transferring to Voice Mail
While connected to a call, click the To Voicemail button in the toolbar. In
the box that pops up, choose the extension you want to send the call to, then
click OK. (You can sort extensions by number or by name.)
Note: You can also forward a call to voice mail without answering it by
clicking the To Voicemail button while the call is ringing.
Transferring to Auto Attendant
To transfer a call to an auto attendant, while connected to the call click the
To AA button. The AA Selection box pops up. Use the drop-down list to
select an auto attendant to transfer to. (You can sort the list by number or
by name.)
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Note: You can forward a call to an auto attendant without answering it by
clicking the To AA button while the call is ringing.
Forwarding Calls Using Do Not Disturb
Conference Calls
There are two types of conference calls in MaxCommunicator:
• Station conferencing. In this type of conferencing, when you’re on a
call, you can dial a third party and then conference that party in to the
call. Any internal user is able to add parties to this type of conference
• MeetMe conference. If your company has this feature available, you
can schedule a meeting to take place at a specified time in the future
and invite people to the meeting. Invited people call the MeetMe
conference extension number to join the meeting at the designated
meeting time. (See “MeetMe Conference” on page 32.)
Station Conferencing
Using this method, you may conference up to six calls.
Note: In order to conference incoming calls, Single Call Waiting,
Multiple Call Waiting or Live Call Handling must be checked in
the MaxCommunicator Configuration window, Extension > Call
Handling screen.
You may conference calls in the following ways:
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If allowed, click the DND button to forward all incoming calls according
to your “Enable Busy Call Handling” settings. See “Busy Call Handling
and No Answer Handling” on page 54.
• Dragging—While connected to one party, drag a Hold call to the
Connected call, or drag a number from the Directory, Speed Dial,
Contacts, or Monitor tabs to the Connected call. Repeat to add more
callers. Each call in the conference displays Conferencing state.
• Dialing—While connected to one party, in the dialing field enter the
extension or phone number you want to conference with, then click the
Conference button.
While MaxCommunicator dials the new number, the other party or
parties go into Hold Pending state, and you see a confirmation dialog
After the dialed party answers, click Yes in the dialog box. If the dialed
party does not answer, click the No button.
• Selecting from Menu—When a call is on hold, you can add it to the
conference by right-clicking the call and selecting Join to
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You can cancel the conference using any of the following methods:
• Click the No button in the conference confirmation dialog box.
• Close the conference confirmation dialog box.
• Click the FLASH button.
• Right-click the appropriate call and select Drop From Conference.
Normally, after canceling you will be reconnected automatically to the
initial call. If you are not automatically reconnected and want to reconnect
to the first call, click the call’s Hold Pending state cell.
Note: The conference host is the user who initiates the conference call,
and only the conference host can drop a call from conference. If the
conference host hangs up, no one else in the conference call can
drop a call from the conference.
When Conference Participants Are Reduced to Two
The station conference bridge is released when the number of conference
participants is reduced to two. The displayed state changes from
“Conference” to “Connected” in MaxCommunicator. The call can then be
transferred, parked, or tagged with an account code, and another party with
privilege can monitor, barge in, listen to, or coach the call.
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MeetMe Conference
If your company has this feature available, you can schedule a phone
meeting to take place at a specified time in the future and invite people to
the meeting. Invited people call the MeetMe conference extension number
to join the meeting at the designated meeting time.
To schedule a phone meeting, click the Schedule Meeting button
MeetMe Conference window opens:
. The
Using this window, you can:
• Create a one-time or recurring meeting and set its parameters
• Open Microsoft Outlook to send an e-mail invitation to participate in
the meeting
• Start and stop a meeting
• Modify or delete a meeting
• See meeting ID, subject, scheduler, time, frequency, start time, end
time, the last time the meeting started, its status, and the resource being
• Display or hide outdated meetings
• Modify column display
Working in the MeetMe Conference Window
• Click a button to perform a function (for example, create a meeting).
The buttons at the bottom of the window are labeled with their
function; the buttons at the top of the window perform the same
functions. In addition, at the top of the window, you can choose to
display outdated meetings by checking the Display Outdated
Meetings check box. Deselect the check box to hide outdated
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• Select an existing meeting to perform a function on it (for example, to
start or stop the meeting). You can select one meeting at a time.
• Functions can also be performed on an existing meeting by rightclicking the meeting and selecting from the context menu.
• Click a column heading to sort by that column. An arrow is displayed
that indicates the sort order, ascending or descending. Click again to
reverse the sort order.
Arrow indicates sort order
• Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the window to display additional
columns, if necessary.
• Change column order in the current window by dragging a column
heading to where you want it.
• You can open more than one MeetMe Conference window and work
with different meetings and displays in each one. Modifications you
make to the display in a MeetMe Conference window are not retained
after you close the window.
• You can double-click a meeting to open the Modify Meeting dialog
Using the Calendar Button
The Create Meeting and Modify Meeting dialog boxes use Calendar
buttons for date selection. To select a date, click the Calendar button.
When the calendar is open, use the Up/Down arrows to select the year, or
you can type in a year and then press Enter.
Click the Calendar button again to close the calendar.
Creating a Meeting
To create a meeting, click one of the Create buttons. The Create Meeting
dialog box opens.
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• Change column size by clicking and dragging a column border.
The options in
the middle
panel change,
depending on
the frequency
you select
The following parameters apply to all meetings:
The conference ID is created by the system.
The name of the person scheduling the meeting.
The time the Create Meeting dialog box was
opened to create this meeting.
Identifies the subject or type of meeting. What you
enter here should be easily identifiable in the
meeting list.
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Use the Up/Down arrows or type in a number, up
to 30, to indicate the number of expected
participants. If your company’s phone system
allows it, you can invite up to 120 participants.
If the conference has more than 30 members, by
default all the members are muted. The conference
host can un-mute up to 30 members concurrently.
Select the extension number of the host of this
meeting. The host can start and stop the meeting
and can mute and drop meeting members.
Select the frequency of this meeting from the dropdown list. A “weekly” or “monthly” meeting can
actually be specified as every 2nd week/month or
every 3rd week/month, and so on.
Middle panel:
Options in the middle panel vary according to the frequency of the
meeting. See the sections below this table.
If you check this, no one can participate who does
not enter the conference passcode that you supply.
If you are requiring a passcode, enter it here.
If you want participant names announced when
they enter the meeting, check this check box.
Fill in the fields of the Create Meeting dialog box, and click OK. See the
following sections for directions on filling in the fields in the middle panel
of this dialog box.
Note: If other scheduled meetings have already reserved resources for the
time period, and sufficient resources are not available for the
meeting you are attempting to schedule, a message pops up telling
you that there is a resource conflict.
One Time Only Meeting
If you select One Time Only from the Frequency drop-down list, these are
your options in the middle panel:
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Specify the duration of the meeting, using the Up/Down arrows.
If the meeting is to begin as soon as it is scheduled, select Now.
If the meeting is to begin at another time, select On Date, and enter a
date and start time. To select a date, click the Calendar button. To
select a start time, click the Down arrow and use the slide bar.
Weekly Meeting
If you select Weekly from the Frequency drop-down list, these are your
options in the middle panel:
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In the Duration field, specify the duration of the meeting, using the
Up/Down arrows.
In the Start field, specify the start of the meeting by clicking the Down
arrow and using the slide bar.
In the Every field, specify how often this meeting is to occur: every
week, every other week, every three weeks, and so on.
Check the day of the week on which this meeting will occur.
In the Range of Recurrence panel, use the Calendar button to select a
date for the first meeting.
Select End after x occurrences and choose the number of times the
meeting is to occur or select End by and click the Calendar button to
specify a date at which the meetings will cease.
If you select Monthly from the Frequency drop-down list, these are your
options in the middle panel:
In the Every field, specify how often this meeting is to occur: every
month, every other month, every three months, and so on.
In the Duration field, specify the duration of the meeting, using the
Up/Down arrows.
In the Start field, specify the start of the meeting by clicking the Down
arrow and using the slide bar.
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Monthly Meeting
Select either On Date to specify a day of the month by number (for
example, the 10th day of the month) or select On to specify a day of
the month by name (for example, the first Monday of the month).
If you use On Date, the specified date (for example, the 10th day of
the month) may sometimes fall on a weekend day. Check the box Hold
during weekend, if the meeting will be held even on a weekend day.
In the Range of Recurrence panel, use the Calendar button to select a
date for the first meeting.
Select End after x occurences and choose the number of times the
meeting is to occur or select End by and click the Calendar button to
specify a date by which the meetings will cease.
E-mailing a Meeting Invitation
In the MeetMe Conference window, click the
button to see an
automatically generated meeting invitation. It will look something like this:
In the Invitation window, you can then click the
button to
open Microsoft Outlook. The meeting invitation is pasted into a new
message in Outlook, and the Outlook Subject field is filled in with
“Conference Call Invitation”. Choose the people to whom you want to send
the invitation, make any edits you may want to make, and click Send.
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Starting and Stopping a Meeting
The meeting host and the MaxAdministrator (“Admin”) can start and stop
a meeting.
To start a meeting if you are the host, select the meeting in the MeetMe
Conference window and choose Start. Once the meeting is “started,” the
host can log into it (see “Joining a MeetMe Conference” on page 40).
To stop a meeting before its scheduled duration is over, select the meeting
and choose Stop. Manually stopping a meeting frees up resources.
Otherwise, the resources will not be freed until the scheduled meeting
duration is over.
What the MeetMe Conference Host Can Do
• Mute/unmute other participants
Note: If the conference has more than 30 members, by default all the
members are muted. The conference host can un-mute up to 30
members concurrently.
• Drop participants from the conference
• Make someone else the host
To do any of these, either right-click the person’s name in the MeetMe
window and choose a command from the context menu, or use the buttons
at the bottom of the MeetMe tab:
Change Host
Drop from
Note: Changing the host does not affect the Mute setting for the original
host or the new host. If the new host was muted before the transfer
of hosting duties, that host will have to UnMute himself in order
to be heard. Similarly, the original host will still be unmuted if he
was unmuted before transferring hosting duties.
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If you are the host of a MeetMe conference, in addition to starting and
stopping a meeting, you can:
Continuing a Meeting Beyond Its Duration Time
When the scheduled meeting time is up, the meeting may continue if no
other scheduled meeting needs the resources. If another meeting is
scheduled and the resources are needed for that meeting, the current
meeting is terminated.
Joining a MeetMe Conference
Users calling from an extension can join a meeting by dialing the MeetMe
Conference extension number. Users calling through a trunk must first dial
the company number, then the MeetMe extension number.
Users are prompted to dial the meeting ID number. If the meeting has not
yet been started, the user hears an appropriate message and can try again
If a passcode is required, the user is prompted to enter the passcode.
Recording Calls
The voice recording feature in MaxCommunicator allows a user to record
conversations. Recorded conversations can then be played back through
voice mail or accessed at a centralized location.
Note: The voice recording feature is only available to Triton Analog
extensions and IP extensions.
WARNING: Listening in to or recording a conversation without the
consent of one or both parties may be a violation of local,
state and federal privacy laws. It is the responsibility of the
users of this feature to assure they are in compliance with all
applicable laws.
Recording on Demand
When the system administrator has set your extension to record on demand
(to a central location or to your voice mail), you can use
MaxCommunicator to initiate the recording.
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To record a call—While connected to a call, click the Record
button, or right-click the call and select Start Recording from the context
menu. While a call is being recorded, a round red icon appears in the call’s
Record column. If your system administrator has set the Insert Recording
Tone option for your extension, both parties will hear a beep when the
recording begins.
To pause recording—Right-click the call and select Pause Recording.
To end recording—Right-click the call and select Stop Recording.
To listen to the recording—If the system is set to save the recording as
your voice mail, you can hear the recording through the AltiGen Voice
Mail System. If the recording is being saved to a centralized location,
contact the system administrator for the location.
Using Account Codes
If your system is set up to use account codes, you can associate calls with
specific codes for billing or tracking purposes.
Required account codes—If your extension has been configured to
require account codes for all outbound calls, the Account Code dialog box
pops up prompting you to enter an account code for each outbound call.
The dialog box may or may not contain a list of account codes, depending
on how the administrator has configured your extension. After entering the
code, click OK.
If your extension configuration allows you to override the account code
requirement, you can either enter an account code in the field at the bottom
of the dialog box or enter # to bypass the account code altogether.
Optional account codes—You may enter an account code without being
To associate a call in progress with an account code—Click the
Account button, or right-click the number, and choose Account Code from
the menu. The Account Code dialog box pops up:
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Note: Do not enter an account code while recording, because doing so
will disconnect the call.
In the Account Code dialog box, select an account code if a list is
displayed, and click OK. If a list is not displayed, enter an account
code in the Enter Account Code field and click OK.
Note: Do not enter an account code while recording; doing so will
disconnect the call.
To change the account code for a call in progress, repeat the steps above,
entering the new account code to assign the call to.
Using Voice Mail
Click the Voicemail tab in the main window to see a list of your voice mail
messages. Clicking
Voicemail tab.
in the status bar also displays the
• New voice mail messages are indicated by a white, closed envelope
and bold type.
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• Heard voice mail messages are indicated by a white, open envelope.
• New messages marked urgent are indicated by a red, closed envelope.
When you have a message marked urgent, the MaxCommunicator icon
in the Windows tray and in the MaxCommunicator title bar becomes a
red envelope, and the Voicemail indicator in the status bar bears a red
• If the message is saved, the envelope looks like this:
• A paperclip symbol on the envelope indicates an attachment—a voice
mail message forwarded from another extension.
Dealing with Voice Mail
Listening options are configurable, as described in “General Information”
on page 52. You can listen using the sound card on your PC or your phone.
If you’re not using IPTalk, you can play voice mail to a sound card while
your phone is in the connect state. (You cannot do this if you’re using
When you listen to a new message, the envelope icon changes from closed
to open, indicating that the message has been heard, and the type font
changes from bold to regular. Also, when you play a voicemail,
MaxCommunicator shows Play VM in the Call Control panel, and shows
the play duration . (The duration does not reflect fast forwarding or fast
Use the voice mail command buttons to perform the following functions:
Return Call
Fast Forward
If you click another message in the list, the current message stops playing.
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Select the message and use the voice mail command buttons at the bottom
of the Voicemail tab, as shown in the figure below. You can also access
these commands by right-clicking a voice mail and selecting a command
from the context menu.
Save at Remote Server or Export Locally
You can save a message as a .wav file that you can play back later. To do
so, select the message and click either the Save button or the Export button
(or right-click the message and choose Save or Export).
• Save saves the message automatically on a remote server in a location
designated by the system administrator. No file saving dialog box
• Export opens a file saving dialog box that lets you name the .wav file
and choose a directory in which to store it. You can then play the .wav
file on a media player.
Deleting Messages
To delete a selected message, click the Delete button, or right-click a
message and select Delete from the context menu.
Returning a Call
To return the call, select the voice mail and click the Return button or click
the number in the Number field.
Attaching a Note
To add a note to accompany a voice mail, double-click in the Note field and
type your note. Or right-click a voice mail entry and choose Note from the
pop-up menu. Type your note and click OK.
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Forwarding Voice Mail
To forward a voice mail to an extension or a VM Group
Select the voice mail and click the Forward button, or right-click the
voice mail and select Forward. The VM Forward dialog box opens:
Check the check box next to the extension to which you want to
forward the message.
If you need to search for a person by extension or name, type the first
letters of the number/name into the Search by Number or Name box.
The matching extension or name displays in the list as you type.
• Click on the column headings to sort the data.
• If the extension name is configured for an extension, it is used to
match the search string. If the extension name is not configured,
then the extension number is used to match the search string for this
Click OK to complete the forwarding.
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Monitoring the Activity of Other Extensions
If your system administrator has configured your extension for monitoring
specific other extensions, you can monitor the activity on those other
extensions or view call history.
If you’re a manager, for example, you might monitor to determine whether
you need more resources in a busy environment. Or you might use
monitoring capability to cover calls for a co-worker, since you can click the
ringing phone icon in the monitor list and take the co-worker’s call.
Choosing Extensions to Monitor
To choose extensions to monitor:
Click the Monitor tab, and click the Select Extensions button
the bottom of the Monitor page.
The Change Monitor dialog box opens. Extensions to which your
system administrator has given you monitoring rights are listed here.
Select the check boxes next to the extensions you want to monitor, and
click OK. If the list is long and you want to search, type a number or
name in the appropriate search box.
The extensions you select will be listed in the Monitor window.
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Reading the Monitor List
The monitor window includes these fields: State, Extension, Name,
Activity, DND/FWD, Caller Name, Number, Department, Location,
DNIS, and Duration.
The state can be one of the following:
• Idle—the extension is not in use
• Connected—the extension is in use
• Ringing—the phone on the extension is ringing; you can click the
State field to pick up the call at your own extension
• Conferencing—the extension is on a conference call
• Voicemail—the extension is in voice mail
• Auto Attendant—the extension is connected to an auto attendant
• Holding—the extension is on hold
• Hold Pending—the extension is on hold, and an action is pending
• Virtual Extension
Calling or Picking Up Calls
If a monitored extension is Idle (green dot) you can click its Extension field
to ring the extension.
If a monitored extension is Ringing (red dot), you can click its State field
to pick up the call.
Viewing the Call History
Click the History tab to view data about handled calls.
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Note: Click on the column headings to sort the data.
The History tab displays the following fields:
• Direction—indicates if the call is incoming or outgoing, or was a
missed call. Left-pointing green arrow indicates outgoing call; rightpointing red arrow indicates incoming call. Right-pointing arrow with
exclamation point
indicates a missed call.
• Number—the extension or phone number on the other end of the call.
Click a number in the Number column to dial that number.
• Name—Caller ID information, if available.
• Date/Time—the date and time of the call.
When you sort on Date/Time, the calls are sorted by last disconnected
and not in the order the call was received. It is therefore possible to
have a record with an earlier timestamp followed by a record with a
later timestamp.
Also, the timestamp for call data is based on the client system, while
the timestamp for voice mail messages is from MAX Communication
Server. Thus, the times displayed here may not match those in the
voice mail view in the main window.
• Duration—the duration of the call.
• DNIS—DNIS digits collected, if available
• Group—Group number or name
• Note—a note attached to the call. To enter a note, double-click the
Note field and type your note.
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Use the Delete button to delete selected calls in the history list. Use the
Delete All button to delete the entire call history list. MaxCommunicator
will ask you to confirm the deletion; click Yes to delete or No to cancel:
Using the Contacts Tab
E-mail a contact—Click a contact’s e-mail address to open Outlook,
where you can send an e-mail to the contact.
Send an instant message—If you have configured Enable OCS Client in
the MaxCommunicator Configuration window, click on a contact’s IM
address or OCS presence field to initiate instant messaging with that
contact. You need to have OCS client installed to use this feature.
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To populate the Contacts tab with the contacts listed in your Outlook,
Outlook Express, ACT!, or Goldmine CRM application, see “CRM
Integration” on page 62. Once the list is populated, the numbers that appear
on this tab can be called, transferred to, and conferenced just like any other
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Configuring Your
Using the MaxCommunicator Configuration window, you can configure
the following behaviors and options:
• General Info—password, default trunk access, and other general
• Call Handling—forwarding, busy call, and no-answer call handling;
call waiting; number of rings before forwarding; automatic answering.
• One Number Access (ONA)—forwarding of specific incoming calls.
• Message Notification—how and when you want to be notified about
incoming voice messages.
• Call Alerts—screen pops and audio beeps.
• Playing voicemail—through handset or soundcard.
• Integration—integrating with a supported CRM.
• IPTalk—IPTalk settings.
• Log—enabling a log to be created for IPTalk and for this application
(MaxCommunicator) to trace errors.
Note: Some options may not be available to you.
Click the
button in the upper right of the MaxCommunicator main
window to configure these options.
In the Configuration window, click Apply or OK to save your changes:
• Apply saves your changes and lets you continue in the Configuration
• OK saves your changes and closes the Configuration window.
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• Display Customization—tab layout and theme selection.
General Information
The General Info screen lets you edit your password and the default trunk
access code, release the link tie for IP trunks, and disable auto format.
Default Trunk Access
The trunk access codes are defined by the system administrator. When you
get an incoming call over multiple trunks and cannot issue a return call, the
system will automatically select the default trunk access code to place your
Other General Options
You can configure three other general options:
• Release Link Tie (IP Trunk)—When checked, clicking the Transfer
button will automatically send “FLASH *” to release a tie trunk if the
incoming call is through an IP trunk. (Option is disabled by default.)
IMPORTANT! Before checking this check box, see your phone
system administrator. If your company is using multiple systems and
the tie trunk feature, the administrator needs to have used Enterprise
Manager to synchronize the systems. Otherwise this feature will not
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Note: The call being transferred must originate from an AltiGen PBX
system running AltiWare ACC/ACM 5.0 or later, or MAXCS
ACC/ACM 6.0 or later.
• Disable Auto Format—If the MAX Communication Server’s country
code is US/Canada, MaxCommunicator automatically adds the long
distance/international dialing prefix (corresponding to the server’s
country code) when returning a call from voice mail or when making
a call from the History tab. If this is not appropriate for your setup,
check Disable Auto Format.
Call Handling
Click the Call Handling tab in the Config window to configure incoming
call handling for your extension.
Forwarding All Calls
When you configure your MaxCommunicator to forward all calls, the
information is displayed in the status bar, for example if you choose to
forward all calls to an auto attendant,
is displayed in the status bar.
If you want to forward calls to an external number, select a trunk access
code in the drop-down list, then begin with the outside trunk or route access
digit and any long distance prefix digits such as 1 and area code.
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Note: Forwarding calls to a pager is possible but not recommended since
callers will only hear what is heard when calling a pager and might
not know to enter a return phone number unless instructed.
Do Not Disturb
If you check Enable Do Not Disturb, all incoming calls are forwarded
according to your Enable Busy Call Handling settings, described below.
Checking Enable Do Not Disturb here has the same effect as clicking the
DND button in the MaxCommunicator main window.
Busy Call Handling and No Answer Handling
You can use these options to specify how you want to handle incoming
calls when you’re already on the phone or when you can’t answer the
phone, for example, when you’ve checked Enable Do Not Disturb.
If you want to use the auto attendant and you don’t know the number of the
phrase or menu you want to use, check with your system administrator.
Place call in queue is available only if your system administrator has
enabled queuing for you.
Number of Rings Before Forwarding
The Number of Rings Before Forwarding setting pertains to almost all
the options in this screen. It is the number of times the phone rings before
the system forwards the call to an extension, voice mail, or the auto
To have MaxCommunicator automatically pick up the call, check the
Enable Automatic Answering after x Seconds check box and use the
arrow keys to choose the number of seconds.
Note: The default setting is 0 seconds. If the duration is set to 0, all
incoming calls will go to connect state right away. Neither caller
nor callee will hear a ring tone.
Call Waiting Options
Call waiting options are available only if the Enable Busy Call Handling
check box has been checked, but this option is available only for nonworkgroup calls.
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• Single Call Waiting—sets up single call waiting. This feature gives an
alert tone (audio beep) to indicate that a call is waiting. Single Call
Waiting must be selected in order to conference incoming calls.
• Multiple Call Waiting—enables a “non-workgroup queue” of
multiple calls waiting. You must also select the Place Call In Queue
option under Enable Busy Call Handling to enable this option. This
allows you to transfer or park the current call before picking up the
next call in queue.
• Live Call Handling—when enabled, allows a caller to hear a ringback
tone when the called party is in voice mail, paging, transfer, or
conference state.
One Number Access (ONA)
If you are expecting calls that you want to receive regardless of where you
are, you can have the system forward those calls to you. You must specify
the Caller IDs for the calls you want forwarded, and the numbers where you
can be reached.
When you answer an ONA call, you may be required to enter your
extension password, depending on the configuration for your extension set
by your system administrator
Before You Set Up ONA
• ONA must be enabled for your extension by your system
• The settings on your MaxCommunicator Call Handling tab must not
conflict with ONA. Specifically:
— Enable Do Not Disturb must not be checked. If it is, when your
line is busy, all calls will go into voice mail and not to the ONA
forwarding numbers you specify.
— Enable Forward to must not be checked. If it is, all calls will be
forwarded according to this setting.
See “Call Handling” on page 53 for details on these settings.
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If the system is unable to connect the call (can’t identify a Caller ID or can’t
reach you at any of the numbers you specify), the call is sent to your voice
Setting Up One Number Access
To set up one number access,
Click Extension > One Number Access in the Configuration window.
Select the times you want to be available to ONA callers.
If you choose Enable schedule based access, you can set up to four
different schedules in the dialog box that pops up:
Check a Schedule
box and choose the
times you want to be
available for ONA
from the drop-down
Check the Enable Call Screening check box if you want the system
to prompt the ONA caller to record a caller name to continue ONA.
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If you want, check the Verify Caller ID based on the following check
box and then specify the incoming phone numbers for ONA. If ONA
finds one of these numbers on an incoming call, it will forward the call
to you.
You can enter up to 10 phone numbers in the Caller ID Verification
fields. For local numbers, use 7 digits (5555555). For long distance
numbers, use 10 digits—area code + local number.
Note: If you enter no numbers in the Caller ID Verification fields and
ONA is enabled, ONA is made available to every caller.
Using a Password
You can use a Caller ID Verification field to enter a password number
such as “5555” so that a caller who knows this password can use
ONA to find you, regardless of where they are calling from. Tell the
caller to dial 1 during your personal greeting and then enter the password.
When ONA is active, the system dials the forwarding number(s) in
the order from Forwarding Number 1 through Forwarding Number 4.
Note that this number order does not correspond to the Schedule
order—for example, Forwarding Number 2 is not used first during
Schedule Number 2.
Note: If your system administrator has not configured your extension to
require you to enter your extension password when answering an
ONA call, then a call forwarded via ONA that is picked up by a
voice mail box, fax machine, or answering machine will connect,
and will not try any subsequent Forwarding Numbers. Therefore,
if you want ONA to use such an option as a last resort, it should be
Forwarding Number 4.
You can set the ONA ring duration from 5 to 45 seconds using the Ring
drop-down lists. Default value is 20 seconds. The system will ring the ONA
target during the specified time limit. If the ring time exceeds 30 seconds,
the system will play a phrase every 15 seconds (playing time is included in
ring time).
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Enter the Forwarding Numbers to be used by the system to find you
when ONA is active. You can set up to four different numbers—
extensions or outside numbers. For outside numbers, use the
drop-down list to select the trunk access code you want to use. Specify
whether the number is an extension or outside number and if a
password is required.
Message Notification
You can specify how and when you’d like to be alerted to new messages
when you’re away from your desk. Click Extension > Message
Notification in the Configuration window to display the Message
Notification configuration screen.
You can set these notification options:
• The types of messages about which you want to be alerted: none,
urgent voice messages only, or all voice messages.
• Schedule—Select during what hours you want to be alerted.
• How and where to notify you—Select an option in the Notification
or Reminder Message by calling section. If you want to use an
outside number, use the drop-down list to select the trunk access code,
and then type in the number.
• Voice Mail Groups—You can set up and edit voice mail groups.
Note: You can also configure Message Notification through the AltiGen
Voice Mail System.
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Working with Voice Mail Groups (Distribution Lists)
You can set up voice mail groups (distribution lists) to forward messages
to multiple recipients at the same time. You can set up to 100 personal voice
mail (VM) groups, each with 64 members. Group members can be any
extension or another voice mail group.
There are two types of voice mail groups you can use:
• System-based groups are set up by the system administrator. You can
use but not edit these lists in MaxCommunicator. You can, however,
add a comment that is displayed in your MaxCommunicator.
• Personal groups can be set up and modified in MaxCommunicator or
in your AltiGen Voice Mail System.
Working on Voice Mail Group Lists
To work on your personal voice mail groups, on the Message Notification
page, click the VMGroup Edit button. The following dialog box appears:
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To create a personal voice mail group
Click the New button in theVM Group Edit dialog box. The Create
Group dialog box opens.
Click the drop-down list to select a Group ID.
Enter the VM Group Name and any Comments. These are optional
but will help you identify the group.
Select the member extensions by selecting the check box next to each
When finished, click OK. Click the Clear button to deselect all
extensions or click Cancel to exit without saving your edits.
To change a personal voice mail group
Click the VM Group Edit button. The VM Group Edit dialog box
Select the group you want to change, and click the Change button.
Make any changes you need to make for the group name, comments,
or members. To add or remove a member, select or deselect the check
box next to the extension.
Click OK.
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Call Alert Options
If you want MaxCommunicator to inform you when you have a call,
specify your desired method(s) in the Configuration window’s Options >
Alert screen.
• Disable—Disables screen pop.
• Screen Pop—When a new call comes in, the MaxCommunicator main
window pops up. You can then answer the call or perform other
MaxCommunicator actions. For MaxCommunicator to pop up, you
cannot have closed the application entirely, but it can be shrunk or
• Inbound call alert—When a new call comes in, a window pops up
and gives you the option to answer the call or send it to voice mail:
Send to VM
• Audio Beep—Your PC beeps you when you have a call.
• Auto Close—The pop up window closes once you have finished with
the call.
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You can set these alert options:
Voice Mail Play Options
Choose Options > Play Voicemail in the Configuration screen to set voice
mail play options.
You can choose to play your messages on your phone set, or play them on
your sound card and speakers. If you choose to play them on your sound
card, you can have the message play as it downloads, or you can download
it completely and play it on an external media player.
CRM Integration
MaxCommunicator can access phone numbers from your Microsoft
Outlook, Outlook Express, ACT!, or GoldMine® database. During
installation, the install program reads which applications you have installed
on your PC.
You can also integrate MaxCommunicator with your Microsoft Office
Communications Server (OCS) account for instant messages. The OCS
contacts can be imported from Microsoft Outlook client.
Configure CRM integration in the Configuration window’s Integration
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Use Database Selector—Check this check box to allow integration of your
company’s CRM database with your MaxCommunicator, then select your
CRM program from the Select current database drop-down list.
Note: If you select Outlook, MAX Communication Server will load all
the subfolders and data in your main Contacts folder, which will
take a few moments. Once the data is loaded, you can close the
Configuration window, reopen it, and click the Select Folder
button that now appears to choose which Contacts subfolders you
want to use.
Match Digits—Select the number of digits to match for caller ID.
Matching starts from right and moves left. This option is for calls that go
through IP and for international calls that have a digit prepended, like 0. For
example, if you choose 7 (the default) in the Match Digits field, and the
number is 915102529712, MaxCommunicator would match
the last 7 digits, or 2529712, to identify the caller for you.
Enable OCS Client—Check this box to enable the Microsoft OCS client,
which allows you to initiate instant messaging from MaxCommunicator.
• Sign in URL—The URL of the Microsoft OCS client
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Update database when click “OK” button—When you check this check
box, MAX Communication Server refreshes the data MaxCommunicator
accesses from the database.
• Server—The IP address of the Microsoft OCS client
Use Windows default credentials—Either check this check box to use
Windows default credentials, or enter the OCS domain, account name, and
account password in the appropriate fields.
Note: The OCS needs to be in the same domain as MAXCS.
Tab Layout
You can choose which tabs you want to display in MaxCommunicator by
right-clicking in the space to the right of the tabs in the main window and
selecting the tabs you want to show. When no tabs are displayed in the main
window, you can click Voicemail (which displays the Voicemail tab). Or
you can configure the tabs in the Configuration window’s Customization
> Tab Layout screen.
Check the tabs you want to display in MaxCommunicator, and click OK.
To restore all call control buttons, tabs, and application window sizes to the
default settings, check Restore to default layout, and click OK.
Theme Selection
Choose the display theme of your MaxCommunicator in the Configuration
window’s Customization > Theme Selection screen.
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Select a theme and click Apply to see the change, or click OK to accept the
theme. The theme changes without restarting MaxCommunicator.
If you’re using IPTalk, set the options in the IPTalk configuration screen:
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• Echo Suppression—Check this check box if you are experiencing
• ToS(Hex)—The ToS byte indicates the type of service. For IPTalk,
you need high priority service, and the default of “0” set here indicates
high priority service. However, if your company router supports DSCP
EF, then set this field to “A0”. The ToS value is gateway-based. For
guidance, see your system administrator.
• 802.1—This setting is related to the priority given to voice packets
traversing your network. For guidance on setting this value, see your
system administrator.
• From the Voice Through drop-down list, choose the sound card that
will carry the incoming and outgoing voice. It could be a sound card in
your PC, or it could be a USB-based sound card in your headset
• From the Ring Through drop-down list, choose the device that will
carry the incoming ring. When you’re away from your desk, you may
prefer the ring to come through your PC speakers, rather than your
headset system.
If you want the system to keep error logs for troubleshooting, check the
appropriate box in the Log screen in the Configuration window. Logs are
stored in your \\Documents and Settings\username\Local
Settings\Application Data\AltiGen\MaxCommunicator folder.
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The Enable IPTalk Log check box is available only if you’re using
IPTalk. The Application log is for MaxCommunicator.
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Errors and Troubleshooting
The following errors may be displayed as login or connectivity errors.
Error Message
No license was found
OR more than allowed
number of MaxCommunicator users have
attempted to log on.
Maintain the number of MaxCommunicator license keys or
add additional session licensing.
Cannot connect to
You are not connected
AltiLink. Please check to MAX Communication
server name or network connection.
Check the server field (IP
address or DNS name) by:
1. Pinging the network server
address OR
2. Try using the IP address of
MAX Communication Server (if
using the DNS name in the
server field).
Cannot access voice
mail list while mail
box in use.
Mail box is in use by
Wait awhile, then try again.
the AltiGen Voice Mail
System and is temporarily unavailable.
Mail service is
unavailable. Please
check with your
Voice mail service is
not enabled on MAX
Make sure voice mail service
is started.
Please register
(regsver32 AlpInterface.dll).
uses this dll to communicate with MAX Communication Server. It
should be registered in
user system.
Re-register this file. Type in
DOS command window,
regsver32 AlpInterface.dll
Change directory to MaxCommunicator directory, type
regsver32 AlpInterface.dll
You have entered an
invalid password.
Please try again.
The password is incor- Enter your extension passrect.
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Errors and
MAX Communication Server connection limit has been
Error Message
Cannot use “IP Exten- You tried to log in with
sion integrated with
the IP extension option
without being assigned
an IPTalk License.
Confirm that your extension is
set up as an IP extension with
dynamic IP address and that an
IPTalk License has been
The version of MaxCommunicator on
your desktop is out of
Upgrade MaxCommunicator
to match the current running
version of MAX Communication Server.
The installed version of
does not match the version of MAX Communication Server on the
system server.
Troubleshooting IP Connectivity from a Remote
If problems occur connecting to your company’s MAX Communication
Server from a remote location, they may be due to a failure to connect to
your ISP or due to firewalls at your office preventing direct access to the
MAX Communication Server.
As a test, you can choose Run from the Windows Start menu, then enter
Ping <IP address> [ENTER]
where <IP address> is the MAX Communication Server system you
want to connect to. An example of the IP address format is
If you do not get a response, contact your LAN administrator for support.
Also, check to verify that the necessary ports are open.
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802.1 66
AA state 12
Account Codes 41
ACT 1, 62
all calls recorded 40
answer options 55
auto attendant 28
auto upgrade 4
databases 1
by name 24
by number 24
speed dial 25
dialtone 12
Directory tab 13
distribution lists 59
Do Not Disturb 54
downgrade procedure 5
drop from conference 31
broken connection 9
busy call handling 54
Busy state 12
call handling
configuration 53
call history 47
call holding 26
Call Pending state 12
call recording 42
call transfer 27
call waiting 27
multiple 55
conference call 29
Conference state 12
MeetMe 32
station 29
configuration 51
call handling 53
general 52
connected 12
Contacts tab 14
echo suppression 66
live call handling 55
multiple call waiting 55
single call waiting 55
Error call state 12
error messages 69
exit 17
external databases 1
flash button 26
forwarding all calls 53
forwarding voice mail 45
general configuration
GoldMine 1, 62
Greeting tab 14
history logs 47
History tab 14
history window 47
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hold 12
hold button 26
hold pending 12, 47
idle state 13
installation requirements 3
IP connectivity, troubleshooting 70
IP extension, troubleshooting 70
IPTalk License 2
pager, and forwarding 54
parking a call 14
One Number Access 57
phone icon 17
ping 70
Play state 13
pop-up windows 17
licenses 2
Line Park tab 14
live call handling 55
logs 66
configuration 51
creating 33
creating a meeting 33
MeetMe conference 32
MeetMe tab 14
Microsoft Outlook 1, 62
minimize 17
Monitor tab 14
monitor window 46
monitoring 46
multiple call waiting 55
no answer handling 54
ONA ring duration 57
One Number Access
password 57
One Number Access setup 56
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reconnecting 9
record state 13
recording calls 42
recording on demand 40
release link tie 52
ring through list 66
ringback state 13
ringing 13
saving changes 51
screen pop 17
session licensing 2
single call waiting 55
speed dial list 25
Speed Dial tab 14
station conferencing 29
system requirements 3
TCP socket 70
ToS(Hex) 66
transfer to auto attendant 28
transferring calls to voice mail 28
troubleshooting connectivity 69
troubleshooting IP connectivity 70
uninstall 4
upgrade 2
voice mail
forwarding 45
playing 43
voice mail group 59
voice recording 42
voice through list 66
Voicemail tab 14
Windows tray 17
workgroup 46
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