Unboxing the PFSense SG-2440 Commercial Firewall and Router Appliance

The PFSEnse SG-2440 Commercial Firewall Appliance is a high end router, firewall and security appliance  that can support a small to medium sized office.

We really like it because its the best firewall for VoIP.  We have headache free voip with this router.  If we have VoIP problems at a site, replacing it with a PFSense router is one of the first things we do. 

PFSense uses plugins and there is a plethora of plugins for many complex and abstract network tasks.  Need to restrict facebook or make your network child safe?  PFSense can do that.  Need to report traffic by user?  PFsense can do that.  Need to access your network remotely with VPN?  PFsense can do that.  Need to troubleshooting tools for a WAN? PFSense can do that.

This 4 port advanced router allows for dual wan and port based vlanning allowing you to route traffic based on physical port in addition to tagged VLans

Find out more about the PFSense SG2440 at:
PFSense SG2440 Firewall and Security Gateway Appliance

Find out more at:  https://www.buyphonesonline.ca/products/pfsense-sg2440-firewall-and-security-gateway-appliance

Unboxing the Netgear GS108PE PoE Network Switch

The Netgear GS108PE Network Switch our favorite switch for small offices and power user offices.  It has 4 ports of PoE which powers phones, cameras, access points and other devices.   With 4 ports it can power an office with 4 phones or less.

This is a smart switch which we find incredibly useful.   When there are network problems, smart switches make it very easy for us to diagnose problems remotely.   We can connect to the network and then ping the ip address of the switch and access the web interface on the switch.  

It has a number of advanced features beyond the IP address and web interface.  VLan support means it allows the network to be segmented and data traffic can be separated from phone or video traffic.   The loop detection feature allows us to quickly diganose whether there is a loop between switches in the network which will bring your network speeds to a crawl.  The switch also supports QoS for packet prioritization.  This means that on a busy network your voice and video traffic can take priority over data and maintain quality.

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Unboxing the Snom PA1 Audio Adapter for Phone Systems

The Versitle Hardware Integration Adapter for SIP Phone Systems


This is a great award winning product that allows easy custom hardware integration with your SIP based phone system.

At HELIA we use them for paging system, door phones and broadcasting event audio over the phone system.  They can be used to drive relays and automate processes.  With their strong focus on Snom.io, this device can be a primary IoT interface to initiate both point to point and multicast network traffic as well as webservices.


(TMC’s 2014 Internet Telephony Product of the Year award for its PA1 public address system. – See more at: http://sip-trunking.tmcnet.com/topics/sip-trunking/articles/370213-snom-pa1-wins-internet-telephony-product-the-year.htm#sthash.24UT6sls.dpuf)

the Snom PA one argue adapter is easily installed. Once it's mounted in place, simply attach a network cable that includes the PoE or power over ethernet and the Snom PA one will be powered directly from your ethernet cable.

The IP Reset button can be pressed once the device is powered and the Saddam PA one will read out the IP address over the speaker or line out jack. This makes it easy to navigate and configure the device.  Simple open a web browser on your computer that is on the same network and navigate to the IP address you heard.  

By default the Snom PA1 does not have a username or password assigned to the web interface.  If your device is prompting for a password,  simply hold down the IP/Reset button for 10+ seconds while there is power and the PA1 will factory reset itself and clear the password.



This is what we use for broadcast events over the phone system at public venues.  See: http://www.businessphonescalgary.ca/broadcasting-church-over-your-phone-system/


Find out more about the Snom PA1 at: https://www.buyphonesonline.ca/products/snom-pa1-paging-device