2 way intercom recommendationfor restaurantkitchens

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On Wed, 6 Oct 2010, Danny Nicholas wrote:

>> Polycom 501’s are pretty good and relatively inexpensive.

> [mailto:asterisk-users-bounces@lists.digium.com] On Behalf Of Andy
> Graybeal

> Should I be worried that the Polycom 501 has been discontinued? What
> does this even imply… that they won’t be putting out any BIOS updates
> (if there even is a BIOS on phones…)
>
> Sounds like they’d be cheap to get on ebay though 🙂

On Wed, 6 Oct 2010, Danny Nicholas wrote:

> It is already a relative PITA to get BIOS updates – that being said,
> when you are able to get them, there are plenty and Polycom is pretty
> good about updating BIOS for “discontinued” phones.

It has been my experience that it is easier to get Polycom firmware
updates (just download off their web site) than just about anybody
cisco sucks else.

Polycom even has PDFs on how to set up TFTP, FTP, or HTTP servers and
guides on configuring their gear to work with Asterisk.

In a “restaurant” environment, I’d be looking for some sort of faceplate
overlay to make cleanup easier.

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  • Okay great, Polycom it is then.

    The 501, does it have a good speakerphone?
    Something loud and clear, no distortion?
    Something that would be good with quite a bit of background noise.
    Do I need to lift the handset to hear the speakerphone better? From
    pictures online it looks like the speaker is under the handset which
    doesn’t look very intuitive.

    I’m hoping the cooks only have to hit one button and be able to reach
    the other kitchen, no fumbling with the handset. I guess I can remove
    the handset.

    Faceplates.. interesting, a quick search on ‘polycom 501 faceplate’ or
    ‘polycom 501 stainless steel faceplate’ in google doesn’t come back very
    enthusiastic. Is there such a thing?

    Thank you so far for the feedback. It’s made me feel more confident and
    excited.

    -Andy