I have been to many hotels, but this place and the Mirage is the only two I’ve been to where I have seen sets in the hallway. Of course this isn’t a VOIP set.
I follow Joe The UCX Guy’s blog, he posted yesterday a picture featuring his father working in a federal office from the early 1990s. The phone pictured is a Nortel SL-1 telephone from the mid 1970s. It’s quite interesting in Avaya Blue, legacy sets lasted much longer than say Avaya Red. Any Dimension or Horizon telephone was scrapped off many desktops by that same time, and yet the original “wedge” SL1 sets were common place even into the 90s.
Apparently in the same post, his father passed away on Wednesday. In some of his posts in recent months of Nortel sets at area hospitals, he mentioned about his sick father. I typically wouldn’t go this far in discussing other sites and the people involved, but I have had off-web communications with Joe and therefore I feel its worth sharing and giving a tribute.
So out of tribute and to go along with the Avaya Blue theme, here is a video I made last winter showing an analog set similar to the one linked. Basically this is a repost from another one back at that same time.
This was taken by a friend of mine. The picture is blurry enough for me to post it so it doesn’t show any proprietary information.
This telephone is VOIP based, the company has had mostly digital and analog environments (6200 series analog and 6400 series DCP terminals.) The system is a Definity/CM based, likely a G700/G650 Gateways with a CM/Aura software based PBX. The VOIP installment occurred during office upgrades throughout the NH branch in 2012 and 2013.
My mother works for the same company too, and she also has a 9608. She barely uses it because she doesn’t like being bothered. She even has used the Ring Off feature key, or even has the volume all the way down. She stands out of the office crowd because co workers wonder how she can answer the phone without noticing the rings! The red lamp can be an attention grabber even without the ring.
They also have a Massachusetts office that’s likely tied to an IP fiber link where employees can call their Mass facility by using 4 digit dialing. This plant likely has an LSP or a Local Survivable Processor, because over a year ago some idiot in Boston hit a Verizon fiber ring that knocked out a bunch of businesses up and down the New England coast (including NH even when we have FairPoint). Emails within the NH and Mass facilities could be sent, people could make local calls, but couldn’t intercommunicate to each other.
Despite its pretty looks, it’s a hit or miss for some. Some use phones, some don’t.
This was taken nearly 3 years to the day at the Boston Harbor Hotel. I had surgery done on this week 3 years ago. I never had any serious surgery done one me, no overnights, and not in the largest city in the area. My mother was kind to reserve a few nights, as a way to keep me relaxed the night before and the day and half after. It was nice to say the least.
The room phones were cool. Rough, solid and bullet proof – not that anyone would want to damage, but you know many hotels not only cheap by putting analogs in the rooms, but many are very cheap like made in China hopefully without lead paint being used. You would think that these places would have entitlements to use TDM phones while the front desks would have IP phones.
This phone IIRC was a Telematrix analog phone. It sat on the desk in the room. I believe there are two lines. In the bathroom there was a 2554, very nice. This 5 star hotel seemed to have a 3 or 2 star type of phone system. I saw a Comdial phone in the front desk, which I find funny because the Mount Washington Hotel, a 3 star (IIRC) has a 5 star PBX now given the new owners have modernized that place.
This picture shows a phone in my own collection. This is an Avaya 4424 Digital Telephone. This phone was originally used in the Merlin Magix series of KSUs. They look like their other digital phones, the difference is the form factor, where the built in microphone is located (on the lower right where there is two holes), and its ring tones. The “menu” keys may appear to use a similar TUI like in the larger systems, but it works differently.
That’s if you have it tied into an IP Office system, and then it works just like the larger PBXs.
The console on the IP Office claims this is a “DCP” (Digital Communications Protocol the proprietary signaling of their TDM) telephone, which I find it very interesting because the Merlin Magix uses another proprietary protocol. This is common with all the major vendors, where they don’t use backwards compatibility with their KSU or PBX switches.
These models were made just a year before Avaya would become a spinoff of Lucent. On the back of this phone it says Lucent Technologies Made in the USA. Well not too long after that Avaya was spun off and they outsourced the manufacturing to another company and later made these phones in Mexico before they would make them in Asia and kill sales of these phones including some of the 4600s and most of the 6400s.
I suspect that when they were developing the 4400s, that there might had been future plans to make this phone be compatible with the mid line class of systems, and maybe that was why they put a model number on these phones, the other Merlin phones like the MLX didn’t have model number.
This picture was taken in 2008, where I got this phone at a flea market at $3. 3 or so years later, I would acquire a system that this phone would be compatible with. It is sitting in my “datacenter”.