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#472574 10/03/08 07:42 AM
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I need help!! I am trying to compare some different VoIP systems and I can not find any helpful info.

The systems that I interested in are:

toshiba ip telephones
allworx VoIP Phone system
altigen max1000 VoIP phone system
comdial mp5000 media platform

If anybody has any feedback on these systems, I would greatly appreciate it!

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#472575 10/03/08 08:52 AM
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I've installed one Allworx and it seems to just fine. Of course, it's a basic system with no special apps other than 1 remote phone. I used to work on Altigen systems a few years ago and hated them. I'm not sure how much they may have improved on them since. As for Toshiba and Comdial, I have no exposure.
Why Voip? Are you networking 2 or more sites? Do you want remote phones. What bells and whistles are you looking for that have you interested in Voip.


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#472576 10/03/08 08:58 AM
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yes.. I am networking 3 locations locally with a 4th one out of state. the people that i am workig for are requesting the VoIP. We need to be able to transfer calls between locations, intercom between locations, have our security cameras broadcast from all locations to one central location. Is there a different way to go about doing this? We are proposals for systems that tie into our computers and systems that dont... i just dont what makes one better than another...

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please excuse the typos!!! its been a frustrating friday!!

#472578 10/03/08 11:28 AM
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All Voip systems, provided they are set up properly, should be able to transfer calls to other sites as well as intercom, along with email integration, which sends voice mail messages to you inbox. The set up can be very expensive on your network as all voip phones have to belong on the network. Another option (and perhaps less expensive) may be a hybrid system, meaning the phones themselves are the tried and true digital keysets while the system itself is a part of your network, allowing for voice traffic to pass between sites.
As for the security cameras, I ve had no experience with them although I've seen such an application in banks where the video feed was transmitted to one central location. Again, that was a separate app.
Perhaps some else can chime in with some opinions on other equipment.


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I sell and install/service the Comdial MP5000 product line. The IP networking between sites works well. You would end up with a standard digital TDM system that is tried and true and the individual sites but would communicate between the locations via the IP networking functions. Very feature rich.


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Thank you for your help. Any and all info is greatly appreciated. We have a quote for a hybrid system which, honestly, isn't any cheaper. Which is why I am having such difficulities trying to determine how and why one is better than the other.

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Guess it boils down to ...is your decision based on price or dependability. Going for low price is often false economy if the system is as unstable as Amy Winehouse.


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out of those ive only worked on Toshiba, its super easy to admin and the voip is very flexable,
Some systems require a vpn for remote ip phones and for qsig networking, the Toshiba will work with public or internal ip addresses and ive seen it work really well on both...


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Let's not forget to check the references of the companies bidding. Find out how many other jobs like yours they've done and find out from those customers how the job went.


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