Smart switches are usually two times the cost of a normal switch. If your network switches are physically in a different room, a different building or a different city, its essential that you use smart switches. Here's why:
1) Web Interface and Ip: You can ping the switch remotely to make sure it is on and responding. In addition you can use a web browser to log onto the switch and see which ports have cables plugged into them, what data volumes are and much more
2) Auto Loop Detection: It will automatically turn off ports that have cables plugged in wrong and are causing network loops that can take down your network.
3) VLAN: Allows you to secure your network by segmenting traffic by port and device so that some devices like phones have no access to (for instance) internet or computer servers.
4) PoE: Powered ethernet is not standard but provides power to devices like phones, ip cameras and wifi access points. With a smart switch, power can be cycled to remotely reboot equipment.
5) SNMP: Smart switches report operational data back to your central network server so you can see how long the switch has been running, how much data is passing through and other useful data.
6) QoS: Voice and video data can be given priority over things like file downloads so that they don't have quality issues.
7) Spanning Tree: Allows redundant links to your network backbone so that if one link fails, the second on takes over. If you try this without Spanning Tree, you will generate network loops that will take down your network.
8) Port Mirroring: Allows you to duplicate traffic on another port so it can be captured an analysed. Its a great support tool that's super useful and impossible without port mirroring.
To purchase a network smart switch, visit www.buyphonesonline.ca/smart-switches
Nortel Phone Systems were prolific 20 years ago. Here in Alberta practically all offices used them. They're still very common and today people want cordless phone options.
Here are three ways to go cordless with your old Nortel phone system.
1) Use the Nortel cordless phone designed for the system. This is the T7406. We don't recommend this option as it has bad review. People that use this phone, don't like it. Primarily because wireless technology has changed in the last 20 years an this is old technology with bad reception and poor battery life.
2) Use a Nortel ATA with a current generation Analog cordless phone. The standard analog cordless phone can be bought at Staples, Bestbuy or any other store. All cordless phones now use DECT 6.0 technology which is wireless and gives good range and better battery life.
3) Use a Plantronics or Jabra headset with your Nortel desk phone. There is a headset jack on the back of your Nortel phone. Simply plug in a commercial headset and handset lifter into your current Nortel desk phone and enjoy hands free working.
Video Building Security allows employees to enter a building with their FOB by holding it to the door. Visitors simply dial a unit and have their identity confirmed with a video call before remotely releasing the door.
The Paxton Access Net2 Entry system also controls elevators so floor security can be ensured and only the proper floors related to the authorization are granted.
All access has a audit trail so that entry can be reviewed at a later date. Entry can be immediated denied by cancelling access to any FOB given to an individual employee or resident.
This integrates with 3CX Phone System or other SIP based phone system to provide the video call or by using video monitors from Paxton.
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