SMC’s New IP Telephony Products Make VoIP Easy

SMC Networks has announced the launch of its new line of IP telephony solutions for the office and the road. The new SIP-based IP-PBX (SMCPBX10), desktop phones (SMCDSP-200/205) and ultra-portable 802.11g wireless SIP phone (SMCWSP-100) make the transition to VoIP, according to the vendor, both low in effort and in cost.

SMC Network’s new VoIP solutions enables the latest in IP telephony to co-exist with traditional analogue technology. The company’s new SMCPBX10 IP-PBX bridges the gap between the telephony network and the data network for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), creating a manageable converged infrastructure.

As an embedded private branch exchange device that communicates with client stations via SIP, the SMC IP-PBX works with various IP phones (desktop, Wi-Fi, DECT), voice-over-IP (VoIP) gateways and analogue telephone adapters to route calls among client phones, analogue phones and the PSTN network. Additional voice features such as conferencing, auto attendant and voicemail are seamlessly enabled to all phones.

Each of the four LAN ports on the SMC IP-PBX can be used to connect a laptop or a desktop computer, a wireless access point, and/or a SIP device. Its WAN port provides the connection to an external Ethernet source (e.g. the Internet through ADSL or Cable modem). The unit’s two-line (FXO) ports support PSTN lines for outbound calls, while its two Phone (FXS) ports provide connect points for traditional analogue phones. Features such as on-board 256MB voicemail storage and an external USB port that facilitates storage backup make the SMC IP-PBX a robust communications manager for the office.

The SMCDSP-200 and SMCDSP-205, two new SIP-based IP phones for the desktop, combine advanced features with ease-of-use for corporations and end users. Based on the SIP v.1/2 standard (RFC 2543 and RFC 3261), the phones support all the latest audio codecs, including G.711, G.723, G.726, and G.729A/B. Configuration is made simple through auto-provisioning with the SMCPBX10 IP-PBX, either accessed directly from the phone’s keypad or via the built-in Web interface.

Each desktop phone has two 100base-T Ethernet ports on the back: one for the LAN connection and one for a local PC. When a PC is connected, the NAT-enabled phone provides the IP address via its built-in DHCP server. Both SMC Desktop SIP phones support all of the calling features to which users are accustomed, including call forwarding, 3-way calling, call hold, call waiting, call transfer and speakerphone. The SMCDSP-200 even incorporates PoE to eliminate the need for local AC power and to simplify installation.

The SMCWSP-100 SIP Wi-Fi phone offers both mobile, cost-effective voice calling over the Internet, whilst also realising the savings of IP-calling from home, work or campus, compared to the more costly traditional mobile phones or landlines. The SMCWSP-100 is based on the 802.11b/g standard, making it compatible with almost all standard Wi-Fi access points or wireless routers on the market. In addition, the SMCWSP-100 has a 1.8” CSTN LCD screen with 65K colors and supports the latest encryption standards to protect calls and privacy. SMC’s SIP Wi-Fi Phone gives users access to both PSTN and VoIP networks (a SIP account with the relevant service is required). Once configured, users will not have to remember the SSID (Service Set Identifier) or security of each AP as the SMCWSP-100 can store this information and will connect automatically to the closest of your preferred wireless networks at startup.

“SMC Networks understands the quality and value of VoIP through our daily use of the tools and their prototypes to communicate with colleagues around the world,” explained said SMC product manager James Harris. “We are delighted to now launch these products so that others can fully enjoy the benefits of VoIP.”

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