Summer Reading

While the East Coast is still sweltering with 90° heat for this week into next, summer isn’t going away anytime soon. (Sucks for the haters of hot weather.) School may not be out for summer for much longer, but if you are a working adult, you still have time to cool down at the beach with a wifi connection and check out some must reads for the remainder of the season.

Guest Thoughts: Avaya Strikes Out with SIP

An interesting read from a follower of mine who lives in a remote area of the country were SIP trunking is not the norm yet, and some still like their TDM trunking (and telephone sets)

Avaya: Hip Outside; Still Old Fashioned Inside

This refers to a recent run-in with Avaya techs (and unintentionally brought lawyers) into this story. This narrative is different from my “relationship status” blaming Avaya for being marketing-heavy of a company. The experience confirmed the stubbornness of an old fashioned company. (Not saying its right or wrong ether.)

Setting up Cisco IPT At Home

If you got a Cisco Voice-enabled IOS router, you could have the ability to run Call Manager Express (CME) on your network. By doing this you can run voice over IP and other telephony applications on your router. The directions for the initial setup are shown here, but DHCP discussions is still a work in progress.

Versions of CME 4.1 and under didn’t support ring groups or hunt groups the way other systems did it. To get an analog trunk to ring all sets, I found out creating a dummy extension was the way to do it. I documented it here on my personal/professional site.


Books: The Idea Machine: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

I’m in the process of reading this book, but in the first couple of chapters, the book describes the history of the telephone, a little on the Bell System and mostly on the history of Bell Labs. What was one of the most innovative research and development labs of any American company, the unique funding source was on the monopoly. From early reading, the book focuses on the people who took Bell Labs into it’s different directions. You can get this book at Barnes and Noble Amazon, Borders (wait they are gone), Books a Million, etc.

200th Post!

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Today marks the 200th post to be published on The Museum of Telephony. I want to make this special not for me, but for all the people who have accessed this over the 3 years since it went online.

I wasn’t sure I’d make it to 100 posts, or 200 for that matter. Originally this site was going to include images I had from my Flickr account, then I thought there could be more content to put up.

It was hard to keep The Museum up and running and feed the machine with new stuff to get people interested. I spent more time on WordPress on blogging on some subjects that people loved so much that the only feedback was to click on the “like” button. The Museum of Telephony has had more comments than any of the other sites I had combined, and those blogs had over 500 posts!

So I thank you, the reader, the follower, the person on the search engines searching for a niche topic. In 2014, I’ve realized I got to a point where I had enough people interested, that I’d spend more time and resources to keep the site up to date and by the fall I would create new connections on the Internet that I’ve ever wished to have! This is the reason why I used that tagline for making this site the best accomplishment for me in 2014! It was you that helped the cause!

With that said, I’d to give a little Oscar speech to the following people in less than a few seconds; Joe Sus, aka Joe the UCX Guy who has frequently commented on pictures I take in public (in fact thank you for giving me the idea of grabbing pictures of phones in such places.) Jason, who originally responded on the post of the Avaya 8434 (who then offered me his company’s old Avaya G3 PBX – which will be a permeant part of the museum.) He will be a guest writer once we finish the editing process on a subject matter on SIP.

I also have to thank Laura at the NH Telephone Museum who allowed me to take pictures with my fancy DSLR camera and also allowed me to hold the pre 1960 sets since there is a no touch policy for the vintage sets. Also Rebecca S. at the NH State Library in Concord, who had assisted me in the search for the AT&T/Bell Labs Technical Journal on the tell all on the System 75 PBX, and sent me some sample pages I missed when I went there in April. This assistance from, her helped to get the history of the Avaya Red PBX easier to access.

Again it’s really about you, the readers, the people who know how to “dial zero” and send emails. If I’ve done a service to you, then that’s all the gratification I need. (Ok, maybe a $10 donation here and there would help too.) I hope to be more active on the site and well it’s better late than never to stay on top. (Now seeing referral traffic from Wikipedia – I gotta stay on my A-game for quality information!)  I see there is a niche and I would like to be partially a facilitator of information online because as I said before, I created this site because there was lack of information easily accessible.

As I stated in late June, I’m taking time away to deal with personal health issues and until things stabilize, the site will be somewhat dormant, with a few new posts here and there..

Good Day!




When finding resources to power up the ITT 564 Rotary multiline, I found some great sites I forgot to re-bookmark them.

Without further ado, here is some additional links to check out (that will be updated on the Links page soon)

The Bell System Memorial, one of the oldest sites dedicated to the old AT&T. Some pictures that I’ve used came from their content, when I had the Flickr page for sure. is another site that it’s worth checking out for telecom people out there. I’ve never seen this site until I was searching around for the schematics of the said phone. Tons of PDFs and images to fix an old set like mine. is another good resource, since they made cloned telephone sets and PBX systems and alike.

A sister site, for Kellogg and ITT brand sets, can be seen here. This company made clones of the 500 and 2500 sets for independent telco companies as well as people who wanted to buy sets themselves. Catalogs, schematics, etc can be seen on this site as well.

For the West Coast readers, if you are in the Seattle area, check out The Museum of Communications. They have tons of switching, telephone equipment and even UNIX systems. Unlike the local telephone museum I’ve featured, this seems to have more switching and geekery

This will be updated more often as I find more information. There is more to telephony than this site, I just try to gather it as a single place to make it easier for you to find the niche subjects.

Hello World, part two!

That isn’t the default first post on WordPress.

This is a Hello World, part two.

As you were aware, the site was down on Sunday to renovate behind the scenes to make the user experience more user friendly. Images had been compressed, and pages had been relocated. My Collection is now its own vExhibit. Same with my Former Collection, and the March visit to the NH Telephone museum. Features has been reassigned to be a permanent page from blog posts that I posted in the past on the subject of pay phones, videos, office telephones alike.

The sections that featured how to get a Cisco 1760 to do both voice and WAN data on a modern broadband network; rants on e911; and thoughts about Avaya for an example has been renamed Topicals.

Videos, which are often embeds from other YouTube accounts, has its own page.

The introduction of the Tag Cloud reminds me how much I post the same subject over and over.

Additional features such as the AT&T Technical Journal on the System 75 PBX will be posted with readable and searchable text. Each section will be posted over time.

I’ll be posting some more interesting pictures and features as time goes on. My idea is a few posts a week, a few paragraphs and tons of pictures to upload and share in the next few months.



Scheduled Site Outage – April 26th


Expect The Museum of Telephony to go offline for about 8 hours from about 9:00 am to 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, April 26th. Give or take an hour if I get up late.

The site’s layout won’t change, nor will the mission change. It’s just to refine tags, decompress some very large pictures taken by my DSLR camera that even compressing it to less than a megabyte won’t ruin awesomeness of my collection of phones and related technologies. This will make pages load faster if you are a mobile phone user, on a metered broadband connection (I feel your pain if you use AT&T’s uVerse.) Some pages may be redirected to new categories.

I understand how people do not like change, and especially change for the sake of change. Rest assured it’s just under the hood work to improve your experience at The Museum of Telephony, open around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Kids, this is why you need to Search for Yourself…









I learned first hand how people likely get to my site. These two search terms showed my blog within the first couple of results. Apparently this type of search terms has caught attention to the robots at Bing, and probably Google (don’t know for sure.)

No fear, I will try to gather more information on the Dimension or Horizon PBX at some point. I was hoping that Bell Labs or AT&T did articles on these two PBX systems while I was at the library earlier today so I wouldn’t have to go back. But I will once I saw the article on the 5ESS…



Scheduled Site Outage



There will be a scheduled site outage in the coming weeks, the timing is not yet planned.

This is routine site maintenance (such as reorganizing tags, links, pages, posts and adding new JPEGs that will be faster to load on slower broadband connections and more mobile friendly for users with metered Internet connections.) I’d say about 95% all high resolution images came from my DSLR camera where for the web, you do not need that high resolution that takes about 10 million lines of code to see such prettiness.

The date of the outage hasn’t  been announced yet

The outage will occur for about 8 hours from about 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

This will likely occur on a weekend (and that’s the day I get the most traffic lately)

If you land on the (or any) URL, you will be locked out requiring a login to enter the site

No loss of pictures or other multimedia should occur, and if so the backups will be reverted. 

The theme will not be changed, and pages will be refined to have structured formatting. 

Stay tuned, and pay attention to the tag Update for more information.



Coming Soon: The Warner, NH Telephone Museum

Your humble curator yesterday went to Warner, NH Telephone Museum. I was quite surprised of what collection and information they have. I was lost for nearly 3+ hours! I’ve taken dozens of pictures and will post a sample of them in the coming days and weeks. They just opened for the public this week, open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 to 4, and in the summer time open Tuesdays thru Saturdays same time till the fall.

If you are not familiar to the area, it’s about 15 miles northwest of Concord; from there its nearly an hour and a half from Boston, Massachusetts. They got collections of switchboards, cord boards, telephones from the early ages to mobile and office phones.

…If this wasn’t a good tease to start following, I don’t know what is!