Recently, my parents decided to pay us a visit. It was their way to escape the Canadian winter for a short while, and see how their most distant son lives. Amongst the many things that we did was they were here was to tour the The Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History. It was something that I had been meaning to do ever since I learned of its location some years ago.
Originally published July 1, 2008 at Small Net Builder
|Product||Polycom SpectraLink Wireless Telephone (8002)|
|Summary||Wi-Fi SIP phone designed for small business use|
|Pros||• Durable construction|
|• Supports strong Wi-Fi encryption|
|• Centrally managed provisioning|
|• Good voice quality|
|• Reasonable battery life|
|• WMM works as promised|
|Cons||• Fiddly initial network configuration|
|• No support for compressed codecs like G.729|
|• Relatively expensive|
Polycom is a leader in the IP communications space. Not only are their longstanding SoundPoint series of desktop IP phones class leaders, but their voice technology can be found in many products under many names.
Seeing a need to expand their product offering to include cordless mobility, Polycom recently acquired SpectraLink, a leading maker of Wi-Fi-based telephony systems, and Kirk Telecom, a leader in DECT-based cordless telephony systems. These acquisitions, now consolidated under the Polycom name, give the company a comprehensive product suite addressing the mobile IP communications needs of various vertical markets.