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POE and IP based Speakers for Cisco Networks – And Others

Cisco IP based speaker systems are certainly becoming more and more popular. More and more End users are deploying Cisco IP based Phone systems. Naturally those End Users are looking for IP based speakers that integrate to their network.

Think about it, the End User is having a new build. lets say an office building or new high school. They have IP based surveillance systems, voice over IP and everything else IP. Is installing an analogue system the best path to take.

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Most End users and installers alike, may not even be aware of none analogue equivalents. In this post we are going to look at the different options available. We are going to look at:

  • Ceiling IP Speakers
  • Ceiling Tile IP Speakers
  • Talk back IP Speakers

We are also going to go over the installation. In particular we are going to show you how they connect to the SIP server. We will explain how easy they integrate to the IP phone system.

Above right, is an image of the most popular IP speaker we sell. This is the SIP enabled IP Ceiling speaker. It’s approved to integrate with 36 IP Phone systems. 

If you would like to jump straight to the product page. See this link here 

Cisco IP Speakers: 3 x Options

Ceiling IP Speaker

The Ceiling Tile IP speaker, which powers on POE, is the most popular we sell. Its made from a robust Galvanized Steel. Ideally it would be installed indoors and used as a paging endpoint. Typically, the End User has a Cisco IP Phone System installed. They are now looking for IP speakers to mount in their ceiling.

Ceiling Tile IP Speaker 

This model is not as popular as the above, it is more expensive than the standard ceiling speaker. This is bought when the End user wants a nice finish. The IP speaker looks just like a Ceiling tile.

Talk back IP Speaker

The talk-back ip speaker looks the same as the standard IP speaker. The talk back speaker comes with a push to talk button. This is more a specialist device and used in medical and educational applications. The network based speaker features a monitor mode. This can be used to “listen in” to the surrounding area. With the use of the push to talk button, the end uses can press the button and this will place a call to a pre set IP Phone. A 2 way conversation can then take place.

poe and network ip speakers cisco

The above image is the Talk-back IP speaker with the call button.

Cisco IP Speaker: How to Install

The single most best piece of news is: That these Cisco Ceiling IP speakers are an absolute breeze to install. They are called a “SIP enabled IP endpoint”. This explains the set up very well. They are SIP enabled for IP Phone systems. They are an IP endpoint on the Physical network.

The first thing you need to do, is consider is where you are mounting the IP speaker ? If your ceiling is not strong enough, you may need a mounting bracket which we also supply.

Mount the IP speaker into the End Users ceiling. Then connect a Cat5e or Cat6 cable into the RJ45 port on the rear of the device. Run the other end back to your networking switch. All Cisco end user sites have PoE and structured cabling. The parts you need to make the system work, have already been installed.

image to the show the cisco ip speaker installation

The above images shows a typical installation. Plug the IP speaker into a POE switch. Integrate the network device to the on-site or hosted Cisco IP Phone System. Your product is now converged on the network as a SIP enabled IP endpoint. 

Integrate to Cisco Call Manager

Once the network based IP speaker is connected to the networking infrastructure, you then need to register the SIP endpoint to the Phone system. From the Cisco end, you would log into your Cisco Call Manager administration. Then you follow the same procedure as adding a new extension onto the Phone system.

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In matter of minutes you have integrated to the ceiling IP speaker to the networking infrastructure. You have also (within minutes) integrated the SIP speaker to Cisco Unified Communications System.

Now for the features and making announcements

The network based IP speaker pages out event and emergency announcements. These messages can be direct and live SIP call or part of a multicast announcement.

The live SIP call
You can set the IP speaker up to “auto answer”. It is sitting on the IP phone system as a SIP extension. Simple dial its extension number and make an announcement.

Multicast endpoint
Multicast is a fantastic bit of technology. However, not many people know what multicast is. lets try and explain this as best we can.

With an older more traditional analogue Public Address system, when we make an announcement the page goes out to everyone. They may not of needed to hear the message.

With Multicast, only people who are “monitoring” the IP address of the Multicast group will receive the page. An IP Phone can be a multicast IP endpoint. A SIP enabled door entry phone can be a Multicast endpoint. Also these paging POE IP speakers are Multicast IP endpoints.

cisco ip speaker is a Multicast endpoint

The Multicast set up will go something like this: From your IP-PBX or Phone System GUI, you will have access and the functionality to create Multicast groups. You create a group of extension numbers and give it an IP address. Each group or IP address will have its own extension number. When paged, only those listening in to the IP address will receive the message.

All IP speakers and SIP enabled IP Secure Entry phones receive Multicast in a priority based fashion. The most important page group (multicast IP address) will be entered as number 1 and so on.

To recap: There are 3 types of IP speakers, Ceiling, Ceiling Tile and talk-back speaker. All connect on a single cat5e cable back to a POE switch.

In a Cisco environment, they register to Cisco Call Manager, as a SIP enabled IP endpoint. In a none Cisco architecture, they register to another SIP server.

You can directly call the Speaker to make a live announcement. You can trigger a pre-recorded announcement. Alternatively, you can use IP based speaker as a Multicast endpoint.

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