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We can now offer native cordless DECT phones on the University phone system. The system comprises of two components: A DECT base station and a DECT handset. There is no need for an ATA or a VG224 port.
DECT Base Station
The DECT base stations are quite small (3" x 3" x 1") units designed for wall mounting. They connect into the voice network and can be powered either through their network port or via a separate power unit. It is preferred if the voice VLAN is supplied untagged to the base station. If a tagged connection is required, this must be stated at the time of ordering.
The base station provides coverage across a large area. In trials, the coverage has been much greater than that of consumer DECT base stations. Just like a WiFi access point, the exact coverage range will depend on the nature of the building. A single base station can support multiple handsets at once.
You can deploy multiple base stations across a location, and providing there is sufficient signal overlap, a user can roam across base stations with no loss of call. If the two adjacent base stations can not communicate via radio (but there is enough signal overlap for a phone to work), then the network needs to support multicast for seamless roaming to work. The voice subnets are being enabled for multicast.
We support three DECT handsets:
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Handset Phone Book Size
Ad-Hoc Conference Initiate
We do not support using consumer (Or other manufacturer's) DECT handsets on the system.
Handsets come with a desktop charger by default. Leather cases, belt clips, extra batteries and multi handset chargers are all available as options.
Handset prices include charging base station and power supply.
Two DECT handsets cannot share the same phone number. But a DECT handset can share a number with another Cisco handset (IP Phone, ATA, etc)