[asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendation for restaurant kitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Andy Graybeal
Greetings, I need a 2 way intercom for separate kitchens to communicate without having to walk back and forth. The speaker has to be loud but clear, not distorted. Sometimes the kitchens can be noisy. It needs to be easy to use. It needs to be easy to clean. It would be nice if it used POE.

Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendation for restaurantkitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Andy Graybeal
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

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

Re: [asterisk-users] 2 way intercom recommendationforrestaurantkitchens

2010-10-06 Thread Andy Graybeal
In my experience, the 501 has very good speakerphone quality. It has 4 programmable buttons so the cooks can hit one button and connect. We have one mounted on the wall in our computer room. Yes, the speaker is under the handset, but you could take the handset off and tape down the switch

[asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant

2011-01-03 Thread Andy Graybeal
Greetings, I mailed the list regarding an intercom system some months ago and we came to the conclusion that I should purchase a Polycom 501 phone. I'm now considering the purchase for this year, and I'm now wondering between the Polycom 501 and the 320 for the intercom. I don't need the

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant

2011-01-04 Thread Andy Graybeal
On 01/03/2011 07:53 PM, cjwstudios wrote: Andy, The 501 and 320 are EOL. I'd go for the IP335 and a 2626-PWR, since the 2626 can support vlans you can isolate data and voice. Make sure to spec a UPS on the PoE switch. CJW, Awesome. Thanks for the input. For some reason or another I

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-04 Thread Andy Graybeal
The Polycom 321 has not been EOL'd and supports VLAN. It is, however, lacking a 2nd ethernet port if you were to go that route. -M Thanks for the response Mark. I see the 331 has two ports and the same features as the 321. I'm wondering what phone would be best being used as an intercom in

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
It is indeed possible (quite common, actually) to run the wiring as you describe. If you want to keep the data and voice traffic separate, you can use VLANs to do so. Your switches will need to support VLANS, and you will need to configure VLANs to separate the voice and data traffic. As I

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
I'd definitely look into a phone mounted to the wall that has no actual handset, but merely buttons and a speaker grille. It should probably additionally be stainless steel, as I suspect it will need a good cleaning at least daily. The Polycom phones look great on a desk, but they are not

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
On 01/04/2011 09:02 PM, mgra...@mstvp.com wrote: IMHO G.722 beats Clarity By Polycom every time. I had an IP335 for review before they launched. The audio quality is the same as the better models (IP450/550/650) only the user interface is different. Very good speakerphone, too. Review here:

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
I would. The whole Polycom line seems designed for desktop use, and the speakers just don't get very loud. I have especially had this complaint about the ring volume, even at some desktops! In the hotels where we have installations that include busy kitchen extensions there seems to be no

Re: [asterisk-users] [tech] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
On 01/05/2011 07:50 AM, Andy Graybeal wrote: I'd definitely look into a phone mounted to the wall that has no actual handset, but merely buttons and a speaker grille. It should probably additionally be stainless steel, as I suspect it will need a good cleaning at least daily. The Polycom

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-05 Thread Andy Graybeal
Top link on Google for stainless steel SIP intercom: http://www.adamtelco.com/valcom-vip-172l-st-stainless-steel-sip-intercom- doorphone.html Cyberdata appears to have another, too: http://www.alloy.com.au/010935.htm Yet another:

Re: [asterisk-users] VoIP PoE phones for restaurant (kitchen)

2011-01-06 Thread Andy Graybeal
On 01/05/2011 01:51 PM, Tom Rymes wrote: On 01/05/2011 7:50 AM, Andy Graybeal wrote: We've got two noisy kitchens that need to talk back and forth. Andy, Why, exactly, are you trying to combine an inter-kitchen intercom and your phone system? Might it make more sense to have a non-phone