SIP Desk – Grandstream Adds Skype to SIP Desk Phone
The most recent beta software program program for the Grandstream GXV3140 IP Multimedia Telephone effectively integrates a Skype shopper immediately into the desk cellphone, together with one other communication channel for voice and video calling to an already characteristic-packed gadget. Nonetheless, the cellphone and its choices suffered from some unsurprising instability resulting from its beta firmware, though this instability didn’t come inside the anticipated locations.
With their mobile-device rivals continuously together with more and more extra options to what was as quickly as merely a cellphone, desk cellphone producers have constructed up their merchandise in an effort to raised match current communication practices. Others, just like Alcatel Lucent and its My IC Phone platform, have additional emulated the smartphone trade, creating an open software program enchancment framework meant to spur third-social gathering ISV growth.
Grandstream Networks has taken the first route, as confirmed by the 2009 introduction of the GXV3140. The GXV3140 was stuffed with choices increasingly widespread to SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) desk telephones: help for 3 concurrent SIP extensions and fairly fairly a little bit of audio codecs, twin 10/100 Ethernet ports (with power-over-Ethernet help), a full duplex speakerphone, a 4.three-inch TFT (skinny-film transistor) LCD show display, an OpenVPN shopper and 18 function keys with 5 additional programmable easy keys.
To that customary fare, nevertheless, Grandstream added some novel twists-Net-prepared shopper functions for social networking (Fb, Twitter, Yahoo/MSN/Google Instantaneous Messaging); media sharing (Yahoo Flickr pictures, Net radio and Final.FM for music); a constructed-in calendar that syncs with Google Calendar; and a Web browser and RSS reader.
With its constructed-in 1.three-megapixel nonetheless and video digicam and a preconfigured free video conferencing neighborhood amongst related telephones, the GXV3140 was already an fascinating and fairly priced desktop resolution at solely $249.
This yr, Grandstream is extending the phone further, including a Skype shopper software by means of a brand new beta firmware bundle. I examined beta software program variations 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 on the GXV3140 and situated I used to be able to easily log in to my Skype account to synchronize my Skype contact lists and presence standing. I discovered Skype voice and video calls straightforward to place and obtain. Nevertheless, name prime quality was satisfactory at finest. The acquired video, particularly, was beneath expectation, marred by an amazing blue hue. In opposition to this, dispatched video appeared comparatively sharp and color-correct, given the comparatively restricted capabilities of the GSX3140’s built-in digicam.
I skilled many hiccups throughout my time using the cellphone’s different options, nevertheless. Whereas bugs and crashes are to be anticipated with beta code, I used to be shocked the issues exhibited themselves in present options comparatively than inside the new Skype software. Utilizing Beta 188.8.131.52, I discovered the GSX3140 crashed dozens of situations when exhibiting video content material material-video both from a provide hooked as much as the machine through the built-in SD slot or downloaded from the RSS data feed engine.
The GXV3140 helps three SIP extensions, with the first line robotically registered as an extension on Grandstream’s free IPVideoTalk voice and video chat community (made up of different GXV3140 fashions). I simply registered a second line to my Trixbox Asterisk server. Switching between the traces was easy, utilizing the Line/Account selection carry out key-although with Firmware 184.108.40.206, I typically found I could not reconnect to an in-progress SIP identify if I briefly switched to a second extension for another name.
RSS feeds labored properly to tug in CNN data feeds, as correctly as local weather, inventory quotes, horoscopes and a quote of the day. Customers may enter their very personal feeds into the RSS reader.
System configuration will likely be achieved each by means of the cellphone’s entrance panel and LCD show or by technique of the constructed-in Web server. Typing may be tedious using the doorway panel-downright not potential if software program passwords use particular characters-but customers can connect an exterior keyboard or mouse to the cellphone using the included USB port in an effort to ease data entry or navigation.
The GXV3140 moreover comes with a 3.5-millimeter headset jack, in addition to RCA audio video outputs to hook up with exterior units akin to headphones or a tv.