Polycom SoundPoint IP
Polycom SoundPoint
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Polycom SoundPoint IP
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Polycom desktop IP phones?
What phone models are available?
Polycom is a leading independent supplier of standards-based
Voice over IP endpoints. We are committed to a full-line of highquality, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop VoIP telephones. Our
SoundPoint IP line of desktop phones utilizes Polycom’s awardwinning sound quality and hands-free full-duplex speakerphone
technology (one-way, monitor speaker in the SoundPoint IP 300
and SoundPoint IP 301*) to enable natural, two-way conversations.
Polycom SoundPoint IP VoIP telephones provide an easy transition
from traditional PBX systems into the features and functionality of
the world of IP telephony. SoundPoint IP phones also offer
investment protection through in-the-field software upgradeability.
With support for multiple protocols running on the leading IP PBX
and Softswitch vendors’ (Technology Partners’) solutions, Power
over Ethernet, secure provisioning**, and access to the latest IP
services, including multiple call- and flexible line appearance**,
presence, and instant messaging, Polycom SoundPoint IP
telephones are your future-proof choice for business IP
communications.
There are five models in the SoundPoint IP family, including:
SoundPoint IP 30x encompassing:
- SoundPoint IP 301 (currently offered in North America,
Australia, and New Zealand only)
- SoundPoint IP 300 (ROW)
SoundPoint IP 50x encompassing:
- SoundPoint IP 501 (currently offered in North America,
Australia, and New Zealand only)
- SoundPoint IP 500 (ROW)
SoundPoint IP 600 (worldwide)
All SoundPoint IP phones support SIP and MGCP protocols.
What is a Technology Partner?
Polycom focuses on bringing to market standards-based VoIP
endpoints capable of delivering a complete suite of features as
well as the superb audio quality. Polycom Technology Partners
deliver VoIP telephony servers that provide both traditional
telephony functionality and more advanced features like unified
messaging, conference bridging, collaboration tools, and browsing
capabilities. Our strategy is to collaborate with Technology
Partners in order to offer industry-leading integrated VoIP solutions
to the user. For a current list of VoIP Technology Partners and the
Polycom IP phones that work on their platforms, please visit:
http://www.polycom.com and click on ‘Products & Services’, then
‘Voice Products’ - ‘IP Telephony’.
Why does Polycom work with Technology Partners?
Working with Technology Partners allows Polycom to offer end to
end IP telephony solutions. Technology Partners provide, either
directly or through their own partnerships, essential components
that complement Polycom VoIP endpoints to make up complete IP
telephony solutions. Because of the complex call signaling that
takes place, Polycom engages in most cases at a joint development
level to ensure that the combined solution integrates seamlessly.
For a current list of VoIP Technology Partners and the Polycom IP
phones that work on their platforms, please visit:
http://www.polycom.com and click on ‘Products & Services’, then
‘Voice Products’ - ‘IP Telephony’.
Can the phones be used independent of a Technology Partner’s
platform?
No. In order to support full business phone features, the
SoundPoint IP is required to operate in conjunction with Partners’
IP PBX (customer premise equipment similar to an existing PBX or
Key System) or Softswitch (hosted telephony similar to your current
home phone service.)
Which protocol is best?
There is no one protocol that is better than all the others. Each
protocol has different advantages over the others and the choice is
based on your business communication needs.
Does the phone have a different hardware design for each
protocol?
The hardware/software platform is designed to be flexible with
‘‘drop-in’’ protocol stack capabilities. As a result, SoundPoint IP can
support various standards-based protocols with a downloadable
firmware upgrade and no changes to the hardware.
What do the phones cost?
The SoundPoint IP 300 and 301* have a US MSRP of $180. The
SoundPoint IP 500 and 501* have a US MSRP of $270, and the
SoundPoint IP 600 has a US MSRP of $399 (prices may differ for
other regions and are subject to change.) Polycom itself does not
require you to purchase a seat license, but please check with your
reseller for any additional costs from the Technology Partner.
Where can the phones be purchased?
The SoundPoint IP phones are available through Polycom Certified
VARs and Service Providers that provide network communications
solutions. These VARs and Service Providers have met the
stringent requirements of becoming certified that include training
and technical support for their customers.
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* - The SoundPoint IP 301 and SoundPoint IP 501 are currently
offered in North America, Australia, and New Zealand only
** - Requires SIP version 1.5.x or higher
Polycom SoundPoint IP Frequently Asked Questions
What documentation is available?
How is the phone powered?
Please visit the Documentation section on the Polycom Web site
for a complete list of available documents including data sheets
and quick start guides. You should also check with your reseller for
any custom documents developed by the Technology Partner.
The SoundPoint IP 300 and SoundPoint IP 301* ship with a
standard CAT-5 cable and a wall adapter that plugs into a jack
located on the rear of the phone. For Power over Ethernet, an IEEE
802.3af version of the cable is available for purchase.
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Alternatively, for Cisco Inline Power, an optional network cable is
also available. In addition, SKUs with included PoE cable and
optional AC adapter are also available.
Does the phone come in any other colors?
No. The only color available is gray.
What features are available on the SoundPoint IP phones?
Features available on SoundPoint IP phones will vary depending on
the telephony server that the phone is operated with. Please check
with the Technology Platform provider to determine the list of
supported features.
What are the differences between the SoundPoint IP 300,
SoundPoint IP 301*, SoundPoint IP 500, SoundPoint IP 501*
and SoundPoint IP 600?
The SoundPoint IP 300 and SoundPoint IP 301* are capable of
accommodating up to two lines and supporting essential IP
telephony features. Both the models include a 10/100 Mbps
Ethernet switch and a monitor only speakerphone. Although the
SoundPoint IP 300 and SoundPoint IP 301 are similar products,
only the SoundPoint IP 301 with its expanded flash memory is
capable of supporting HTTPS secure provisioning**. The
SoundPoint IP 301 is currently available in North America,
Australia, and New Zealand, and the SoundPoint IP 300 is
marketed in all other countries.
The SoundPoint IP 500 and SoundPoint IP 501* support up to three
telephone lines and offer exceptional sound quality. Both the
models have a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch and a full-duplex
speaker phone. Although the SoundPoint IP 500 and SoundPoint
IP 501 are similar products, only the SoundPoint IP 501 with its
expanded flash memory is capable of supporting HTTPS secure
provisioning**. The SoundPoint IP 501 is currently available in
North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and the SoundPoint IP
500 is marketed in all other countries.
The SoundPoint IP 600 is a feature-rich desktop IP telephone,
designed for multi-line telephony usage found in
departments/work groups sharing lines, informal call centers, and
as pertains to administrative assistant duties. The SoundPoint IP
600 accommodates up to six lines, has a large graphical LCD
display, illuminated line state indicators and audio state indicators
as well as built-in PoE support. The SoundPoint IP 600 supports
HTTPS secure provisioning** and is available worldwide.
The SoundPoint IP 500 and SoundPoint IP 501 ship with a custom
network cable that contains a jack that applies power to the
unused pairs in a CAT-5 network cable from a supplied wall
adapter. For power over Ethernet, an IEEE 802.3af version of the
cable is available for purchase. Alternatively, for Cisco Inline
Power, an optional network cable is also available. In addition,
SKUs with included PoE cable and optional AC adapter are also
available.
SoundPoint IP 600 comes with a standard CAT-5 cable. The phone
ships with a wall adapter that plugs into a jack located on the rear
of the phone. Cisco Inline Power and IEEE 802.3af powering
options are both supported by hardware built into the phone (autodetect.)
Is there a hub or switch in the phone?
All SoundPoint IP phones contain a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch.
What types of headsets are supported
All SoundPoint IP phones are compatible with amplified headsets
REV E. and higher. Direct connect headsets are supported. Please
visit http://www.polycom.com for a list of tested headsets or refer
to your headset documentation for compatibility information.
What features does the phone provide for QoS?
All of the phones in the SoundPoint IP family support Layer 3 Type
of Service (TOS) tagging used in WANs. All phones also support
802.1 p/Q VLAN and Priority tagging used in LANs. Note: traffic
sent to the phone’s PC port will not have any QoS tagging applied,
but any tagging applied by the PC will pass through the phone
unaltered.
Can an additional phone be plugged into the second Ethernet
port?
Polycom recommends that in order to maintain voice quality, the
second Ethernet port should be used only with standard PC
applications. You should not ‘‘daisy chain’’ phones together.
Does SoundPoint IP work over broadband connections like
cable modems and DSL modems?
To ensure voice quality is maintained, proper network design rules
relating to items such as latency, firewalls, bandwidth, and QoS
should be applied at all times. As long as proper network design
guidelines are followed, SoundPoint IP will deliver exceptional
performance on networks with broadband connections such as
cable or DSL modems.
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* - The SoundPoint IP 301 and SoundPoint IP 501 are currently
offered in North America, Australia, and New Zealand only
** - Requires SIP version 1.5.x or higher
Polycom SoundPoint IP Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the handset and headset volume reset on every call?
Do FTP or TFTP servers need to be available at all times?
The handset and headset volumes both reset following each call to
comply with FCC requirements and with the recommendations of
the Americans with Disabilities Act. The hands free speaker phone
is unaffected by this feature. This feature can be disabled through
a modification to the configuration file.
An FTP or TFTP boot server must be available anytime a
configuration file change or firmware upgrade needs to be
performed. The phone will boot from a flash image if the boot
server is not available or if there are no new files located on the
boot server that need to be loaded to the phone. Polycom
recommends that the boot server be available at all times as the
phone does upload log files to the boot server that can be useful if
troubleshooting is required. To make use of the multi-lingual
support available on some versions of software, an FTP or TFTP
server must be available each time the phone boots so that the
language dictionary can be downloaded. If the requested language
file cannot be downloaded, the phone will default to the factory
configured language.
Is there a web browser built into the phone?
Polycom does not currently support this capability.
Will the SoundPoint IP work with existing PBX or Key Systems?
While many PBX and Key System vendors now provide optional
VoIP Gateways that are standards based, interoperability testing
must still be conducted between these systems and the
SoundPoint IP to ensure proper operation. Polycom cannot
guarantee interoperability with a system that is not provided by
one of our Technology Partners.
How do the phones place calls to the PSTN?
The IP phone call’s data packets are routed to a gateway, which
then transports that call over the Public Switched Telephone
Network (PSTN). This task is completely transparent to the user.
How do users get firmware updates?
Certified Polycom VoIP Resellers can access updates to the SIP
version of software on the Polycom Resource Network at
http://extranet.polycom.com. In the case of MGCP, firmware is
distributed by the Technology Partners through their reseller
channel base. Please contact the reseller you purchased your IP
telephony solution from if you have any software needs.
Do the phones support Custom Ring Tones?
What happens to the phones if there is a power failure during
the upgrade process?
Custom Ring Tones or Wave File Ring Tones can be downloaded on
some versions of software. Please refer to the Administrator
Documentation for the specific type and version of software you
have.
The SoundPoint IP phones incorporate a fail-safe upgrade process
where the phone does not delete the previous file image until a
new one is successfully saved. A power failure or server outage
during an upgrade will not damage the phone.
How are the phones configured?
How does an administrator manage large quantities of phones?
Phones are configured through a combination of local settings and
configuration files that are loaded to the phone from a boot server.
Currently, only the SIP version of the SoundPoint IP supports
configuration through a Web interface. Future releases of other
protocols will also support this capability.
The format and content of the configuration files are such that
these files can be customized by administrator tools and used to
provision phones upon boot up from an FTP or TFTP boot server. An
administrator for a large group of phones can modify the
configurations and push the new info to the phones by remotely
rebooting the phones. Remote reboot capabilities require the
support of the IP-PBX or IP Softswitch. Please contact your reseller
for details.
Does Polycom provide tools to configure the phones?
Can the phones support LDAP directories?
Polycom provides XML-structured configuration files as part of its
firmware releases that can be managed with partner supplied
administrative tools or manually edited. We are also working on
other methods of managing phones that are in the developmental
stages that can be used on a standalone basis or integrated into
the partner’s administrative tools.
Currently there is no support for directories like LDAP. These
protocols will likely be supported in the future though some type of
translation service to XML or XHTML.
Do the phones have a web server?
How are the phones upgraded?
One can upgrade phone software by placing new files onto the
boot server and rebooting the phones. The phones download all
the configuration files on every reboot and download a small chunk
of the .ld files to compare versions. If the version is the same the
file is not downloaded, if it is different, the file will be
downloaded.
What Codecs are supported?
All SoundPoint IP phones support G.711µ /A law and G.729a
(Annex B).
How is the time set on the phones?
SoundPoint IP phones uses Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
servers to provide accurate time. These servers can be located on
the local network or available from various sites on the Internet.
What is the Password to access the Set-up?
The User ID and Password will vary depending on what version of
software you are running. Please refer to the Administrator
Documentation for the specific type and version of software you
have.
Polycom SoundPoint IP Frequently Asked Questions
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