A Step on the Fantasy Side…

I’m artsy among all the other things I do and like (that I don’t often want to flaunt.)

Before the prices of office telephones went down (and yours truly moved to a larger living arraignments) I used to make office telephones out of cardboard. They evolved from cereal box quality to full corrugated  cardboard. And 3D mind you.

There were many reasons why I did, to create my own little world of fake technology, and secondly extend what the real world systems didn’t have or support, or what.

CLICKTEL 9170 IP TERMINAL

Clicktel is a fictional telephony vendor that believes that basic VOIP is sexy. Clicktel sells SIP phones, SIP systems, digital systems, and other types of systems too. The idea is that Clicktel sells mostly voice systems and any other systems can interoperate through SIP, known as the Session Initiation Protocol. While Clicktel sells hardware, they also sell integrated systems from other vendors. Clicktel has bought out many large PBX manufacturers like Figcent, Figicom (crossover of NEC and Nortel systems) and alike. The average port count of a Clicktel system is about 800, and the largest systems can support under 10,000 – because you know minifigs are much smaller scale than humans.

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The 9170 is similar to Avaya’s 9670’s line, just with some dedicated hardkeys and support for sidecars.

Most notable of the 9170 is its very strong hardware design of 2ply cardboard

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The software could use some improvements with the UI. On the left is the busy lamp field, and to the right is the indicators to it’s line appearances. (the buttons are also multi colored LEDs with the use dry erase marker.  The arrows resemble Nortels just with some color.

Callworks is the softswitch that runs the Clicktel systems. If Callworks existed in the real world it would be just another Asterisk rebranded as Callworks if moi had some skills in hacking and rebranding

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The Clicktel applications can be launched on the home screen or by dialing it’s feature access code. (the screen is touch based and runs on a special operating system and not an Android!)

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The back of the set has the data port, the wall port, a power injector, a headset and a handset jack. The sidecar port is not included.

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Clicktel’s web browser runs on an application server. So all requests do not necessarily go through the IP terminals for security purposes. Even if say a data port is getting WAN access on likely another VLAN, the web browser on a telephone can be dicey. A virtual appliance is installed in the datacenter, with a LAN connected to the outside world and the other LAN isolated to the Voice VLAN. Essentially it’s making a phone call to get some news on FoxNews.com from the HTTP services.

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This is designed for call center or attendant services. Indicators are limited. Maybe Clicktel will make some upgrades to the phones software as they have promised since 2012…

The “Red Ring of Authenticity” is a spoof off Lucent’s infamous red ring logo. I think you could consider the dots as Lego studs and it’s far better than another logo I had for this company. I love red, and I loved how it was created by a human with ether a marker or something like that. Lucent’s early start on human with a logo was a good one. Did I break copyright rules? Well I think there is a statute of limitations when it comes to fictional companies…

CLICKTEL i1300 SERIES

This design was based almost from the Nortel line, with actually some designs of a Comdial. (Long story, many of my sets I modeled off from Comdials…don’t ask why…) I must’ve had a crush on their systems years ago.

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This entry level i1320 is designed for the average user. This model looked like a Comdial with elements of a Nortel. This phone can access basic applications and can have up to 3 pages of call appearances, feature keys, etc. (Clicktel systems have up to 12 call appearances per line, and if so needed, the phones support bridged appearances. The phones can handle up to 50 lines, numbers, users, etc)

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The i1342 IP Terminal is a more app based set. The phone supports Bluetooth for wireless calling as well as web based applications. While some of this resembles of Nortel, there is some resemblance of Comdial and the line keys resemble the flat 1X2 Lego plate. (I actually made a Clicktel Lego set years ago, which I have a picture of.)

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I’ve designed sets using vector/raster drawing apps like OpenOffice, but I never made buttons or stuff on the apps, print them out and stick them on. Maybe I should.

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The back of the set. This set has USB, side car, handset, headset, an analog failback (like Mitels) and an AC in. I got a Dymo that prints barcodes and therefore I made my own labels. (Notice the no “ISDN” – some idiots think they can plug a VOIP set on digital circuits. The result? They fried the data pins (1&3, 4&5)

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Documentation is a key thing with these sets. Original licenses would come with the set with the technician’s signature (like an artist like moi) and such licenses have shelf life. This one expired last June…

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The Clicktel practices is a spoof on “interconnects” documentations. AT&T used to publish manuals in 2 column formats years ago.

AVAYA SPOOFS

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This set, resembled the Avaya 6408. There are some differences to the set, but this was around my desk for a while around 2008.

(It should also be known that my house where I previously lived had 2 telephone drops, one in my mothers bedroom and one in the kitchen.  For a while we split a line so I could have a desk phone in my bedroom.)

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This little concept of a set may remind you of an Avaya 4630 but on a larger scale. The fictional Figcent devloped a complete touch based console that would emulate a 302 on a large touch device. The customer could program to emulate a 302 and a 26B like set on screen. If the customer was too nervous for all touch, a customer could have 2 of these sets doing both. Pretty innovative for 2007? Now using an iPad for almost 4 years, I’m tired of being a touchy-feely user.

 

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Before Clicktel went and bought out the PBX market, they made generic POTS, ISDN and IP based telephones. This was one of them.

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Another single line Clicktel IP set (or ISDN, my fictional employer was nervous about the whole VOIP thing. In 2016, I still think they’re onto something!)

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This Clicktel 5604 was again a mix of an NEC/Nitsuko and a Nortel to be honest. This set was on the market for a long time. It was to be know that minifigs or people living in a minifig world could still get these parts new…