[asterisk-users] Which SIP phones to buy?

C F shmaltz at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 20:34:56 MST 2007

On 4/12/07, J. Oquendo <sil at infiltrated.net> wrote:
>  > Drew Gibson wrote:
>  >> The Aastra 480i is a good quality phone, on par with Cisco and probably
>  >> with Polycom (though I've never used them). Voice quality is good,
> phone
>  >> feels robust. Config is well documented and contained in two text files
>  >> (one global, one MAC specific). Good web interface on the phone. Aastra
>  >> support have been very responsive.
> I've programmed who knows how many phones so far, so let me focus on this
> year... Cisco ... Overrated. I have one on my desk right now specifically
> being used for me to test security on it (writing an exploit against it
> to be specific). I don't even bother using it...
> Aastra 480i's. I can take a picture of my desk for verification for those
> who'd want it of two I have sitting here collecting dust. They're horribly
> documented. Their web interface is full of errors (Username/CallerID/Auth)
> of which unless you're used to doing it you will have issues programming
> these.
> Polycoms... The bane of my existence. If you plan on doing NAT, passing
> through Netscreens, Sonicwalls, etc., and you don't mind miserably wasting
> time, then these are for you! If you're a glutton for XML nonsense, waiting
> 2 minutes for a reboot after EVERY SINGLE CHANGE. This phone is for you! If
> you don't mind explaining the Americans with Disabilities ACT and how
> Polycom is the only vendor resetting volumes then this is for you! And yes
> I am aware I could make that static via xml so please don't bother with a
> "but you can fix that this way..." response.

J, Sorry didn't see this email when I wrote the other one (gmail sorts
them on a LIFO order). I can agree with you on everything even with
the terrible pain of getting Polycoms up and running, but once it is
up dont you have less problems with them then with other phones? Isn't
the sound quality of the Polycoms better than any of the other phones?

> Snom, although not the greatest, within the past year I've had to deal with
> well over I would guesstimate 200 or so. Easiest to deal with.

I did not have that good of an experience with Snoms. I guess I should
try again, since it's well over 18 months since I tried last.

> Grandstream... Sorry, there is only so much garbage I'm willing to keep
> around my desk. GXP 2000? Fisher Price toy looking phone I wouldn't
> bother with.

Couldn't agree more with you on this.

> Robert Greene wrote:
>  > I have Cisco 7960G, Polycom SP 501, Aastra 480i, Grandstream GXP2000 and
>  > Budgetone 200 desk phones in my test lab.  Overall, I like the Cisco
>  > best.  I even bought one for home use.  Configuration was no more
>  > difficult than any other.
> This is what is within two feet of me right now. 2 Cisco 7960's, 3
> Polycruds,
> 2 Aasta 480i's, Welltech piece of garbage, 1 Snom 360, 2 320's, unlimited
> 190's. Guess which one I used on a daily basis... Snom 360.
> @Home ... http://www.infiltrated.net/Mar2520074.jpg I have about 3 7960's
> for my CCVP lab studies... I have a Hitachi WiFi and a Snom 320. Guess
> which I use most... Hitachi so I could walk around, followed by Snom. I
> don't even want to bother with the Cisco phones.

Awesome photo, arn't you having too much fun working?

>  > The Cisco, Aastra and Polycom have similar voice quality.  They're all
>  > very good handsets and speakerphones.
> The 480iCT is questionable. The base is alright, nothing to boast about,
> the handset... Depends on the environment.
>  > As for price, Drew is right about the high cost of Cisco.  If I hadn't
>  > found one on eBay, my personal phone would likely be Aastra.
> I could care less about pricing. I'd be more concerned with
> quality and ease of use for both the admin, and the user.
> Cisco would rank low on my list, so here goes mine in order...

Again I think the Polycom once configure right is quite easy for both
the admin and the user.

> 1) Snom
> 2) none! (they're all pretty much the same to me)
> 3) none! (they all have their pros and cons)
> 4) Cisco
> 5) ASStra
> 6) Polycrud
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