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Cisco Loudspeaker Outdoor IP Paging System for External Use

IP Phone Systems deployment is growing at a rapid rate. Cisco is one of the most popular platforms in the world. What do we implement, when the End User requires a Cisco IP based Loudspeaker system ?

If we take a look at an old external analogue PA set up. Then lets compare that to an Outdoor Cisco Loudspeaker System. In this post we will cover the setup and connections. We will also cover how you register the Cisco IP Loudspeaker to the Cisco Call Manager.

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The single most best feature of this SIP based system, is the ease of set up. This is a very straight forward external PA (Tannoy) system to install. Its configured through SIP and set up through its IP address. Let’s cover this in more detail below.

Cisco Loudspeaker System Benefits

  1. Certified Directly by Cisco

When installing any 3rd party device onto your Cisco Unified communication system, ideally you want a device that is certified. We see lots of SIP based devices that state they work with Cisco. However, you need to look closely. A lot of the time, this is just 1-way interoperability. In other words, only the 3rd part manufacturer has carried out testing.

CyberData, who build this Cisco External Loudspeaker system, is directly certified by Cisco. We are the authorized Global distributor for CyberData Corporation. Anyhow, back to the certification. CyberData have been a technology partner to Cisco since 2008. You can see CyberData featured in the Cisco product catalogue here.

Interoperability and feature number 1 recap: A proven solution, directly certified by Cisco. The product and its maker have been a technology partner to Cisco for 7-8 years. The Cisco Loudspeaker simply adds onto Call Manager. It does this as a SIP enabled IP endpoint.

image of the Cisco IP Phone Loudspeaker Paging

Easy Installation to the Networking Infrastructure

If we look at older analogue PA systems, ones outdoors for example. You would need to run your 2 wire electrical cables. The Amplifier would require connecting. The Loudspeakers would need connecting. You would need a power supply and power supply unit for each.

With the Cisco certified IP based external Loudspeaker system, one Ethernet cable completes the hardware installation. Most End User sites and especially Cisco networks will run PoE connectivity. Typically the enterprise would have a Cisco network switch, with PoE (Power Over Ethernet) connectivity.

You run a cat5e or cat6 Ethernet cable into the SIP Amplifier. The driving power from the POE switch will power the AMP and Cisco Loudspeakers. Each Amplifier can drive a maximum of 2 x 40W bull horn loudspeakers. All 3 devices ( SIP AMP & 2 Bull Horns) run from a single LAN cable. This simplifies the installation and using LAN extenders, you could run the system up to 1000 feet.

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Simple Configuration to Cisco Call Manager

So far, we have briefly learned an overview of the product. This is a Cisco certified outdoor (and indoor) SIP Loudspeaker system. The installation (physical) is very simple. A network cable to a Power Over Ethernet switch finishes the installation. Now, lets look at how we integrate this to the Cisco UC system.

The great news is, this is all really simple and straightforward. We need to look at this from 2 angles. One, is registering the Cisco Loudspeaker Amplifier to Call Manager. Then, form the Cisco UC administration, we add the Loudspeaker Amplifier as a certified SIP extension. This is no different than adding a new Telephone and user/extension.

The Amplifier has an RTMF button, if you press this in for around 2-3 seconds, the device will announce its IP address. Take a quick note of this and then type it into any web-browser. You can use Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari or Chrome. Then type in your user-name and password. Now you are faced with the configuration settings.

Step 1: Register the SIP enabled IP amplifier to Cisco Call (as shown below). The image below is the web-page of the Cisco Amplifier. Through the “SIP Config”, you enter your Cisco Call Manager (SIP Server) details. Click and save, job done, you have now registered the device to the Cisco IP Phone System.

cisco amplifier sip config image

Step 2: Set the SIP Amplifier up as a new user and SIP extension. You log into your UC administration control panel, then set the AMP up as a SIP endpoint. Thats it, its as simple as that.

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As you can see from the above image, the SIP Amplifier is quite small. Its a little smaller than an old VHS cassette. You will see the cat5e cable plugged into its RJ45 port. This is running back to a router. The router is not a POE out device, therefore we are using a 1 port POE injector.

You will see the Loudspeaker (also known as a Bull Horn) plugged into the I/O board (relay). This cable can run a maximum of 25 feet. You can run no more than 2 x 40W speakers per Amplifier. However, for most external Paging applications, this will suffice.

Functionality, Paging out from your Cisco IP Phone

In its most popular application, the Cisco Loudspeaker system is set to “auto answer.” As the SIP endpoint is effectively a telephone, you can call it direct. You can then make live event and emergency paging announcements. Simply pick up your Cisco IP Phone, dial the AMP’s extension number, and make a live page. You can also call the endpoint over PSTN. You could be 100’s of miles away.

Alternatively, you can trigger stored audio files. Within the devices web-page, you can store audio files. These could be pre-recorded messages or ring tones. With a sense input port, you could have a window or door reed connected. If a security breach occurred, a stored audio file could play over the 40W speakers. For example….”intruder, the local authorities have been notified, please leave the premises now”.

Lets Recap:

We are the Authorized distributor for CyberData Corporation. They are certified (directly) by Cisco. A technology partner since 2008. This product is the SIP amplifier and Cisco Loudspeaker System.

This device is a breeze to set up. One Ethernet cable and a spare POE port is required. You then register the AMP to Cisco Call Manager. Then from your UC administration, set the endpoint up as a new user and extension number.

The Single cat5e cable and POE drives the AMP and Loudspeakers (Bull Horns). If you are powering two, you need a POE+ Injector or switch.

Once installed, you can make live calls or trigger stored audio files.

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