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FTTH - Fiber and VoIP

December 16, 2004

FTTH Integrated Voice, Video and Data IP Gateway GW-282

I haven't seen any news about FTTH (Fiber To The Home) and VoIP solutions. If you think about it, most of the news about VoIP has been about VoIP over cable broadband or DSL broadband connections, not fiber. So I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Telco Systems, which has an Outdoor/Indoor IP Media Gateway for Voice, Video and Data services convergence and FTTH applications.

They claim that "the BATM/Telco Systems GW-282 series Integrated IP media gateway is the most efficient, flexible, and powerful device in its class." According to Telco Systems, it’s capable of supporting various combinations of 2, 4 and 8 analog voice lines (VoIP FXS ports), 8 or 16 10/100BaseTX Ethernet ports and optical Fast/ Gigabit Ethernet uplink.

Avaya and Verizon

December 7, 2004

Release to share regarding Avaya and Verizon. I actually recently tested and did a review of Avaya's IP Office for the November issue of Internet Telephony Magazine, which Verizon will now be reselling. Avaya IP Office is a very good product for the small office/home office.

here's the release:

Avaya (NYSE: AV) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) have agreed to collaborate in offering to small and medium sized businesses a suite of communications solutions that include systems, applications and services from both companies.

Streaming Live TV

November 17, 2004

Streaming Live TV has been a dream of mine. I'd love to have access to streaming TV from anywhere - wouldn't you? Well, last week I redeemed 170,000 Sony points to get a Sony VAIO RA920G PC running Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005 operating system. I was curious if I could figure out a way to "stream" my home PC's multimedia content, including My Videos (.AVI, .Divx, etc), as well as stream live TV to my PC at work by accessing the TV tuner capture card.

GoldMine 6.7

November 3, 2004

Gee, FrontRange just sent me a demo copy of GoldMine v6.5 a few weeks ago for a product review and already Goldmine v6.7 is out! I feel so outdated...

I spoke with FrontRange a week or so ago and they are really pushing their developers hard to crank out new features. More importantly, they told me they truly value customer feedback (such as feature requests) and try hard to add them into the next release.

Cisco ATA-186 firmware and other VoIP stuff

November 3, 2004

There is a popular thread in the VoIP Forums that discusses the need for users of the popular Cisco ATA-186 to be able to download H.323 or SIP firmware for the Cisco ATA-186. Coincidentally, I was Googling ATA 186 SIP Firmware and I came across a past Internet Telephony article of mine written in July 2003 titled "The Amazing Cisco ATA-186 And Top ITSPs Compared" where I discussed how to "hack" the Cisco ATA-186 so you can download SIP or H.323 firmware. Well, it wasn't a true hack in the sense of the word, but let's not split hairs. I thought I would share this article from 2003 since it still may be of benefit to readers of my blog.

Super Fast Samsung SATA Hard Drive

October 19, 2004

Spaceballs - "Ludicrous Speed!"

Wow, check out this news release! A super fast, ludicrous speed, whopping 3.0 GB/s Serial ATA hard drive for a desktop PC using SATA? Damn, I want one of those! Hey Samsung, can I have a review unit.

Popular Telephony and Global IP Sound

October 13, 2004

Popular Telephony and Global IP Sound have announced a partnernership to provide best-in-class voice quality on Peerio 444 serverless softphone. I've used Global IP Sound's GIPS codecs and they are very impressive. I gave Global IP Sound a glowing review in a TMC Labs writeup last year, which you can see here: Global IP Sound TMC Labs Review

We found that the Global IP Sound codec had some pretty interesting positive effects under high packet loss conditions, which we tested using the Shunra Cloud 4.0 network emulator tool which can inject latency and packet loss. I should note that we used an older/slower PocketPC with a softphone client containing the GIPS codec engine, so the latency numbers are much higher than a PC or hardphone would have.

Plantronics CS50-USB headset

October 6, 2004

Plantronics CS50-USB

Plantronics has unveiled the CS50-USB wireless headset at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo today in Los Angeles. The headset will allow users to roam up to 200 feet from their PC. They're marketing it as a VoIP headset working in conjunction with major softphones. It will begin shipping to retailers in North America this December, and will cost about $300 USD.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and VoIP

October 4, 2004

I know the news about the California report recommending VoIP is a couple of weeks old, but it is worth blogging nevertheless. Johanne Torres wrote an excellent article about this here: http://www.tmcnet.com/tmcnet/articles/2004/081604jt.htm

I decided to read the rather lengthy report myself. The California Performance Review was orderd by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to perform "a focused examination and assessment of California state government." The review report lists many suggested ways to improve government, cut costs, and become more efficient. One of the best suggestions for cost savings in California is to deploy VoIP.

VoIP plug and play box for traditional PBXs

September 14, 2004

I've said for years that there should be a turnkey "box" that you can simply plug into a PBX and turn it into a PBX with VoIP trunks (or IP Centrex if you prefer.) The box would "simulate" analog or T1/E1 trunk lines so the PBX simply sees the box as the Central Office (CO) providing trunk lines. Then an Ethernet connection on the box would hook up to some sort of broadband IP connection. All voice traffic would get packetized and sent across this IP connection and terminating on an ITSP's (Intenet Telephony Service Provider) network, such as Level3 or Global Crossing. Maybe the box would have expansion ports for a 2nd or 3rd T1/E1.

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