Wireless Networking (WLAN/WiFi) Standards

802.11: In 1997, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the first WLAN standard; 802.11 Unfortunately, 802.11 only supported a maximum network bandwidth of 2 Mbps, too slow for most applications. For this reason, ordinary 802.11 wireless products are no longer manufactured.

802.11b: IEEE expanded on the original 802.11 standard in July 1999, creating the 802.11b specification. 802.11b supports bandwidth up to 11 Mbps, comparable to traditional Ethernet.

802.11b uses the same unregulated radio signaling frequency (2.4 GHz) as the original 802.11 standard. Manufacturers often prefer using these frequencies to lower their production costs. Being unregulated, 802.11b gear can incur interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones, and other appliances using the same 2.4 GHz range. However, by installing 802.11b gear a reasonable distance from other appliances, interference can easily be avoided.

Pros of 802.11b – Lowest cost; signal range is good and not easily obstructed

Cons of 802.11b – Slowest maximum speed; home appliances may interfere on the unregulated frequency band

802.11a: While 802.11b was in development, IEEE created a second extension to the original 802.11 standard called 802.11a.

802.11b gained in popularity much faster than 802.11a so some people think that 802.11a was created after 802.11b. However, 802.11a was created at the same time. Due to its higher cost, 802.11a is usually found on business networks whereas 802.11b better serves the home market.

802.11a supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps and signals in a regulated frequency spectrum around 5 GHz. This higher frequency compared to 802.11b shortens the range of 802.11a networks. The higher frequency also means 802.11a signals have more difficulty penetrating walls and other obstructions.

Because 802.11a and 802.11b utilize different frequencies, the two technologies are incompatible with each other. Some vendors offer hybrid 802.11a/b network gear, but these products merely implement the two standards side by side (each connected devices must use one or the other).

Pros of 802.11a – Fast maximum speed; regulated frequencies prevent signal interference from other devices.

Cons of 802.11a – Highest cost; shorter range signal that is more easily obstructed.

802.11g: In 2002 and 2003, WLAN products supporting a newer standard called 802.11g emerged on the market. 802.11g attempts to combine the best of both 802.11a and 802.11b.

802.11g supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps, and it uses the 2.4 GHz frequency for greater range. 802.11g is backward compatible with 802.11b, meaning that 802.11g access points will work with 802.11b wireless network adapters and vice versa.

Pros of 802.11g – Fast maximum speed; signal range is good and not easily obstructed.

Cons of 802.11g – Costs more than 802.11b; appliances may interfere on the unregulated signal frequency.

802.11n: 802.11n was designed to improve on 802.11g in the amount of bandwidth supported by utilizing multiple wireless signals and antennas (called MIMO technology) instead of one.

Industry standards groups ratified 802.11n in 2009 with specifications providing for up to 300 Mbps of network bandwidth. 802.11n also offers somewhat better range over earlier Wi-Fi standards due to its increased signal intensity, and it is backward-compatible with 802.11b/g gear.

Pros of 802.11n – Fastest maximum speed and best signal range; more resistant to signal interference from outside sources.

Cons of 802.11n – Standard is not yet finalized; costs more than 802.11g; the use of multiple signals may greatly interfere with nearby 802.11b/g based networks.

802.11ac: The newest generation of Wi-Fi signaling in popular use, 802.11ac utilizes dual-band wireless technology, supporting simultaneous connections on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands. 802.11ac offers backward compatibility to 802.11b/g/n and bandwidth rated up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band plus up to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz.

ECS is a Voice/Data Communications Contractor located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

AVAYA J129 IP Phone

Cost-effective IP Phone that provides Secure, Reliable, Basic Voice Communications

The Avaya J129 IP Phone packs all the essential call handling features you’d expect in an affordable, yet highly functional SIP phone.

The Avaya J129 IP Phone is a Single Line phone that can support Two Concurrent Calls.

The Avaya J129 has 3 context-sensitive soft keys and shows display prompts that enables the user to quickly access and confidently use many standard features including:

♦ Call Transfer

♦ Call Forward

♦ Hold

♦ Initiate Conference call

♦ Access Recent Call History

♦ Dial from Directory

♦ Dial from Recent Call History

♦ Access Voicemail

♦ Park calls

♦ Pick-Up Parked calls

Benefits & Specifications:

♦ Dual 10/100 Ethernet ports to support co-located PC

♦ Handset has built in volume boost for hearing impaired

♦ Full Duplex Speakerphone

♦ 3 Context-Sensitive Soft Keys

♦ Monochrome 128×32 pixel display

♦ Status indicators

♦ Standards-based codec support: G.711a/u, G.722, G.726A, G.729, G.729A, G.729AB

♦ Optional AC adapter available

♦ Minimum Platform Support – Avaya Aura & Avaya IP Office

About Avaya: Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As a global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications, offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya.

ECS is an AVAYA Edge Emerald Level Business Partner located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

AVAYA J169 IP Phone

Give your Everyday Users Enhanced Communications Capabilities

The Avaya J169 IP Phone is an 8-line phone ideally suited for everyday users who consider the phone to be a useful communication tool and who rely on common functions like directory and speed-dial to enhance productivity and collaboration.

The Avaya J169 IP Phone features a grayscale display, 4 soft keys, high definition audio quality, integrated Gigabit Ethernet interface, headset support, and will support up to three 24-button Expansion Modules.

The Avaya J169 IP Phone is tightly integrated with the Avaya Aura and IP Office platforms and optimizes communications through flexible architecture that leverages existing investments and accommodates changing business needs.

Benefits & Specifications:

♦ High Definition audio through the wideband audio codec in the handset and headset

♦ Secondary Gigabit Ethernet port for a PC.

♦ Supports optional J100 Wireless Module for Wi-Fi connectivity and/or Bluetooth headsets

♦ Handset has built in volume boost for hearing impaired

♦ Supports reduced energy consumption through PoE Class 1 design with “sleep mode”.

♦ 8 buttons with dual LEDs (red, green)

♦ 4 softkeys

♦ Hard buttons for phone, messages, contacts, history, home, headset, speaker, volume, mute

♦ 24 administrative buttons

♦ SIP protocol support

♦ Standards-based codec support: G.711, G.726, G.729A/B, G.722, Opus

♦ Wideband audio in handset and headset

♦ Full duplex speakerphone

♦ Ergonomic hearing aid compatible handset supports TTD acoustic coupler

♦ Rich, classic, alternate, and downloadable ringtones

♦ Optional AC to 5-Volt adapter

Minimum Platform Support – Avaya Aura Platform 6.3 FP4 & Avaya IP Office 11.0

About Avaya: Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As a global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications, offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya.

ECS is an AVAYA Edge Emerald Level Business Partner located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

AVAYA J179 IP Phone

Give your Power Users Enhanced Communications Capabilities

The Avaya J179 IP Phone is an 8-line phone ideally suited for power users who consider the phone to be a useful communication tool and rely on common functions like directory and speed dial to enhance productivity and collaboration.

The Avaya J179 IP Phone features a color display, 4 softkeys, high definition audio quality, integrated Gigabit Ethernet interface, headset support, up to three 24-button Expansion Modules, and optional Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

The Avaya J179 IP Phone is tightly integrated with the Avaya Aura and IP Office platforms and optimizes communications through flexible architecture that leverages existing investments and accommodates changing business needs.

Benefits & Specifications:

♦ High Definition audio through the wideband audio codec in the handset and headset

♦ Secondary Gigabit Ethernet port for a PC.

♦ Supports optional J100 Wireless Module for Wi-Fi connectivity and/or Bluetooth headsets

♦ Handset has built in volume boost for hearing impaired

♦ Supports reduced energy consumption through PoE Class 1 design with “sleep mode”.

♦ 8 buttons with dual LEDs (red, green)

♦ 4 softkeys

♦ Hard buttons for phone, messages, contacts, history, home, headset, speaker, volume, mute

♦ 24 administrative buttons

♦ SIP protocol support

♦ Standards-based codec support: G.711, G.726, G.729A/B, G.722, Opus

♦ Wideband audio in handset and headset

♦ Full duplex speakerphone

♦ Ergonomic hearing aid compatible handset supports TTD acoustic coupler

♦ Rich, classic, alternate, and downloadable ringtones

♦ Optional AC to 5-Volt adapter

♦ Minimum Platform Support – Avaya Aura Platform 6.3 FP4 & Avaya IP Office 11.0

About Avaya: Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As a global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications, offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today’s digital world requires communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya.

ECS is an AVAYA Edge Emerald Level Business Partner located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.

 

Xima Web Chat is now available!

Xima Web Chat is now available!

Xima Software just announced the general availability of their Multimedia Web Chat.

Xima Multimedia Web Chat software is designed to add another channel to their Skills Based Routing solution. It can be used in conjunction with Xima’s Voice Skills Based Routing, but can also run stand alone, along side customers using IP Office Hunt Groups.

It has a wide variety of features including:

♦ Skills Based Routing

♦ Detailed Historical Reporting

♦ Agent Chat Log

♦ Agent Desktop

♦ Pre-defined Canned Responses

♦ Customizable Chat Interface

♦ URL to Skill Group Mapping

The Xima IP Office Sales Team is available to provide customer webinar demo’s or provide one on one training upon request.

You can arrange a webinar or training session through ECS by calling 253-886-5402/503-342-7700 or emailing sales@goecs.com

Web Chat Brochure: Download Chronicall Multimedia Chat Brochure to learn more about the rich feature set of Chronicall Web Chat. https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/docs.ximasoftware.com/mailers/pardot_documents/xima_chat_brochure.pdf

Server Specs: Download Chronicall Multimedia Server Specs here. https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/docs.ximasoftware.com/mailers/pardot_documents/multimedia_ipo_whitepaper.pdf

Xima Software Support Staff will assist you with the installation of Chronicall Multimedia and will help provide the code snippet that is required to be entered onto your website.

ECS is an Authorized Xima Reseller located in Seattle, WA & Portland, OR.

ECS provides local technicians for on-site work installing and servicing a variety of voice/data equipment, ie; Low Voltage Cabling, CAT5e/CAT6, Fiber Optic, IP Office Telephone Systems, Voicemail, Telephones, Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Circuit Extensions, Wireless Networking, Video Surveillance, Point of Sale, Overhead Paging, Avaya Aura Servers, Gateways, etc. 

ECS provides services in Washington & Oregon, primarily in the greater Seattle & Portland areas.