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Cisco IP & SIP Speakers for VoIP Paging With Cisco Call Manager

Adding VoIP based Public Address endpoints to your Cisco architecture, is a very easy and simple add on. Cisco IP Speakers are becoming an essential part of an IP driven, event and emergency overhead paging platform.

In this post we are going to look at the top features of the Cisco SIP and IP speaker. We will advise on how you install the Speaker and more importantly, how it integrates with Cisco CUCM.

CyberData is the manufacturer of the Cisco Ceiling SIP & IP speaker. Part of iEntry Systems, we are the Authorized CyberData distributor. Although CyberData works with 36 VoIP Phone Systems, Cisco is the best example. A technology partner since 2008, embedded Cisco fail-over features and very easy integration to Cisco Call Manager.

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There is no great technical expertise required to install the IP Speaker. The best way to look at it: Its a SIP enabled IP endpoint, it forms part of your IP phone system and easily connects to your Local Area Network. VLan set-up is also achievable.

The first time you take a look at the Paging IP Speaker, you will immediately notice its robust and strong build. Its compact in size and made from a Galvanized Steel. There are various mounting options. We will cover these towards the end of the article.

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Cisco IP Speakers: How to Page

Let’s first of all take a look at how we page to the device. The Speaker connects to the Physical Network as an IP endpoint. You can then make live PA announcements. You can also trigger stores audio files to the endpoint. You can page out to one or many Cisco IP Speakers.

The device is set up through its IP address and web-page. Within the web-page you can store your own audio call out messages and ring-tones. In its most natural and common mode of operation, it would be used for live PA announcements. This would be direct from a SIP call and Cisco IP Phone (or 3rd party).

The SIP Ceiling Speaker features a dual SIP Line (extension). This is optional to use. SIP extension number 1 forms part of your PA system. SIP extension number 2, can be assigned to a ring group. This could be used as a Loud Phone Ringer.

Let’s explain that in a little more detail: If you had an office location that required an IP speaker to integrate to it’s Cisco VoIP platform. At night time, there was a skeleton staff in place and they could not afford to miss phone calls. Therefore a loud notification device that would alert staff a phone was ringing, would be very beneficial.

The 2nd SIP extension could form part of a hunt group. You could assign the SIP extension an uploaded ring-tone. This would be stored within its web-page. When the ring or hunt group was called, the ring tone would play over the SIP Speaker.

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^Compact and made from Galvanized Steel

LAN, PoE and Integrate to CUCM

Cisco IP Speakers are made by CyberData Corporation (we are the Authorized Distributor). It was back in 2008 that CyberData became a technology partner to CyberData. Interoperability is guaranteed, this is a certified solution, manufacturer and SIP endpoint.

Plug a network cable into the RJ45 port. This is on the rear of the SIP Speaker, you can see this in the image below. Plug the other end of the network cable into your networking switch. Hopefully your switch will offer PoE out, if not you can use a simple 1 port PoE Injector.

That is your hardware installation complete. This is quite an easy solution to install. The device has an RTMF button on the front. Press this in for 2-3 seconds and the IP Speaker will announce its IP address. This is also an excellent way to conduct an audio test.

Type the IP address into your web-browser. Now you are faced with the easy to navigate configuration settings. Click on “SIP” and register the endpoint to your Cisco Call Manager Server (IP-PBX/SIP Server). From your Cisco UC administration control panel, add the Speaker as a certified 3rd party SIP endpoint.

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Tip on how to save money

Let’s say you had 2 x Cisco IP Speakers in a school corridor. You could quickly turn the speaker coverage into x 4. You could do this without buying 2 x more IP speakers and 2 x more SIP endpoint licenses (if required).

Each SIP speaker has an integrated relay board, this is also known as an I/O board. Cyberdata manufacturer an analogue Ceiling Speaker. You can see that on this product page here. You can connect this to the on-board relay for extra coverage. The analogue equivalent is around £50. Only the main IP speaker that is the driving device, will require a SIP license.

* You can only run the analogue speaker a maximum of 20 feet from the SIP speaker

Cisco Ceiling SIP Speaker

Accessories and Mounting Options

Cisco SIP enabled IP Speakers are sometimes bought as a stand alone unit. They feature 3 x screw holes for installation. However, there are various mounting options. This adds flexibility and choice to your own specific application.

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The first 3 are self explanatory. The IP Clock kit is made specifically for the SIP Ceiling Speaker. You would mount the SIP endpoint into the IP Clock kit. Together, the IP Clock and IP speaker make a visual clock and mass notification system.

The IP clock does not need a power supply, its driven directly by the Speaker.

Recap: Cisco IP Speakers are an absolute breeze to install. No great technical expertise is required. Get a patch lead, or make a cable run, plug once end into the Speakers RJ45 port. Then plug the other end into a PoE port.

The device is certified by Cisco. Easy integration to call Call Manager. The endpoint forms part of your Public Address Systems. Make live calls or trigger stores audio files. The IP Speaker is a loud 96DB’s with remote volume control.

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