Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendationfor restaurantkitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Danny Nicholas
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Subject: Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendationfor
restaurantkitchens

 Polycom 501's are pretty good and relatively inexpensive.



Danny,
Should I be worried that the Polycom 501 has been discontinued?  What 
does this even imply... that they won't be putting out any BIOS updates 
(if there even is a BIOS on phones...)

Sounds like they'd be cheap to get on ebay though :)

-Andy

It is already a relative PITA to get BIOS updates - that being said, when
you are able to get them, there are plenty and Polycom is pretty good about
updating BIOS for discontinued phones.


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Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendationfor restaurantkitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Steve Edwards
On Wed, 6 Oct 2010, Danny Nicholas wrote:

 Polycom 501's are pretty good and relatively inexpensive.

 [mailto:asterisk-users-boun...@lists.digium.com] On Behalf Of Andy 
 Graybeal

 Should I be worried that the Polycom 501 has been discontinued?  What 
 does this even imply... that they won't be putting out any BIOS updates 
 (if there even is a BIOS on phones...)

 Sounds like they'd be cheap to get on ebay though :)

On Wed, 6 Oct 2010, Danny Nicholas wrote:

 It is already a relative PITA to get BIOS updates - that being said, 
 when you are able to get them, there are plenty and Polycom is pretty 
 good about updating BIOS for discontinued phones.

It has been my experience that it is easier to get Polycom firmware 
updates (just download off their web site) than just about anybody 
coughcisco suckscough else.

Polycom even has PDFs on how to set up TFTP, FTP, or HTTP servers and 
guides on configuring their gear to work with Asterisk.

In a restaurant environment, I'd be looking for some sort of faceplate 
overlay to make cleanup easier.

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Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendationfor restaurantkitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Andy Graybeal
 It is already a relative PITA to get BIOS updates - that being said,
 when you are able to get them, there are plenty and Polycom is pretty
 good about updating BIOS for discontinued phones.

 It has been my experience that it is easier to get Polycom firmware
 updates (just download off their web site) than just about anybody
 coughcisco suckscough  else.

 Polycom even has PDFs on how to set up TFTP, FTP, or HTTP servers and
 guides on configuring their gear to work with Asterisk.

 In a restaurant environment, I'd be looking for some sort of faceplate
 overlay to make cleanup easier.


Okay great, Polycom it is then.

The 501, does it have a good speakerphone?
Something loud and clear, no distortion?
Something that would be good with quite a bit of background noise.
Do I need to lift the handset to hear the speakerphone better?  From 
pictures online it looks like the speaker is under the handset which 
doesn't look very intuitive.

I'm hoping the cooks only have to hit one button and be able to reach 
the other kitchen, no fumbling with the handset.  I guess I can remove 
the handset.

Faceplates.. interesting, a quick search on 'polycom 501 faceplate' or 
'polycom 501 stainless steel faceplate' in google doesn't come back very 
enthusiastic.  Is there such a thing?

Thank you so far for the feedback.  It's made me feel more confident and 
excited.

-Andy

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