From my sister platform, The Clickford Zone (YES I’M THE MASTER OF MY EFFING DOMAIN! Some people think my domain isn’t “TLD” or it’s “generic” – stop bullshitting me!)
Anyways, here’s a synopsis
The Lies My NAB Show Speakers Tell Me
I attended a seminar on Session Initiation Protocol, Voice over IP and Audio over IP (SIP/VOIP/AOIP.) ITN, the British TV network apparently replaced their digital telephone system to VOIP as they replaced their hybrids from traditional to VOIP. From my recollection, they did some of this using Pi boxes (NOT RECOMMENDED for PBX uses over 40 ports.) But what do I know I am just a content creator…
But the speaker that did the intro did an outro and said 20 years ago a Philly area radio station, if a mayor wanted to get on the air, they had to call the right number because the newsroom and hybrid phones were not integrated and apparently with VOIP this is possible. The same lies that say you need to be on VOIP to get “Caller ID”. Apparently the opening/closing speaker has slept under a rock for the last 25 years and with ISDN, you could mix studio hybrids into newsroom (Norstars, Legends, Magixs, Definitys, etc.)
This was the laundry list of the many lies speakers think they could get away with in the world of cutting costs and going to IP and IT based solutions. It’s so awesome!
Back to me, myself and I: Why did I have to jump to consumer UC services?
Over the last couple of years, I have done more texting, chatting, emailing over voice; because the people I talk to have desk phones that are VOIP based. Of the few, they are using Allworx. They are just lousy phones! Once these cutover, the heartless IT admins who hate their users and get paid to hate, will not touch any of these phones. (Don’t get me started with security risks and reliability issues.) So as a result, I email. Until the email servers go down on the other end because the Exchange admins think patching a server at lunch time and not understanding customers emailing their to that organization while they are on their lunch is most likely occuring.
Unified Communications is pretty much a broad term now then it was a few years ago. Originally it was IP Telephony with SIP and other goodies; now this terminology and technology has evolved into multi media applications embedded in social networking and social media. In 2016, your Facebook Messenger is also a “phone”. And now you have more “professionals” at your local Starbucks using their VOIP app to make important “business” calls in a noisy environment and let’s assume Starbucks has QOS and say multimedia isn’t on priority in some locales. Some stores use AT&T, some like in my town uses Google, it depends of what their ISP is and how much data it can handle.
This was taken last fall at a local cable access facility whom I still have great rapport with. The story behind this image was bad luck hit the facility as they got flooded in a water main break last summer.
SIP is like a PC, it’s a great technology. It’s like “I wanna have a computer on my desk but I dunno what I really want out of it”. As the 1990s came along, these little things became a nightmare for network administrators. Not only that but PCs had too much power for what many people didn’t need. What I am talking about is enterprises not consumers.
No Good Hardware “upgrade” goes unpunished: I upgraded my Cisco C1760-V router to be beefed up to be residential core router, with the idea to route various types of traffic, WAN, LAN and hosting, plus VOIP. I also ordered a couple additional cards for voice trunking as well.
This was a recent photo of a Cisco 7961 taken at a local Walgreens. Once a Norstar shop, I’ve been told by someone familiar with the company had cutover to Cisco company wide. Apparently since the last time I visited (which could’ve been a couple years now) they are using them.
It appears to be a Cisco Unified Communications Manager tied to some corporate data center (notice the “system message” stating “Your current options”) and if an event it can’t get through to the data center, then you get some different message such as a fallback warning on that same screen. The paging does loudspeakers, but I’m not so sure on the sets, because the larger CM does not support set paging. (I could do a post on the lack of features in UCM 10, but then I’d start a religious war and be framed as a Cisco hater, and stuff like that.)
This post will be a little raunchy, I should’ve posted this on my personal site, but I couldn’t help to resist when I got a couple off-site feedback from people defending my first one, so “the hits keep on coming!” I hope.
This same site had another post from some dude that can’t tell ISDN from T1 or that anything that supports TDM telephony because afterall TDM is automatically native to VOIP technology. The practices of torture, lies and manipulation from S&M (now did you get the innuendo?) is just getting complex now. Anyone that wants to push SIP as a be-all-end-all solution is now getting pushed to customers who can’t a) fight back or b) they don’t know anything about telecom/telephony so they’ll take a solution and in many VOIP setups w/out telecom support, they leave the system abandoned and most often the VOIP system plus the S&M types push and torture, will often be unsupported, phones crashing, users wanting assistance to then be denied by the heartless IT administrators… (why am I writing this during the holidays when this should be more of a Halloween themed post?)
In honor of Mother’s Day, I took a picture of my mother’s desk set, an Avaya 9608 IP telephone. I visited her workplace the other day (shh, don’t tell anyone!) I woke up the phone to see what kind of goodies the set has. Not so much. Her set can handle up to 24 call appearances or feature keys and as I was scrolling up and down I kept landing on the same 3 call appearances.
Unlike the 4600s, the 9600’s scrollable screen also features dual LED lamps. As you scroll down, the LED lamp moves as a way to assist where you are on the virtual keys. But get this, my mother is funny with her OCD – after I messed around with it, she scrolled back to the first button but accidentally picked up the handset, which automatically goes to the first available call appearance!
This setup is interesting as well as she has dual ethernet cables, one for her dockable laptop, and the other for the phone. It could be because it doesn’t use POE or maybe it is on a separate LAN (defeats the purpose of converged networks – but there’s a method to a customer’s madness I suppose.)