In the continuing march to make VOIP inexpensive enough for any small business, D-Link released a Microsoft Response Point phone system. I have dealt with an early release Response Point from Syspine. It was neat and well suited to a small company that needed a basic phone system. What let me down before was the lack of programmability and expansion. It was along the lines of do you want voicemail? Yes or No? There were really no other options. We have now entered the second release and I have high hopes.
I was just handed a D-LINK DVX-2000MS Response Point phone system bundle to play with. (GOODY!) I started opening boxes and this is what I found: A D-link switch, a Business D-link router, 5 D-Link phones, an analog gateway, and the phone system.
To start with the phone system is very small. (4″X9″X8″ approx) It looks like a micro PC that has most of the connectors blocked off. USB, audio out, a 12v barrel connector, and a NIC are the only ports available. I can see that if limited space is an issue this will be a good option.
The switch (DES-1228) and router (DIR-130) are from D-Links business line. I do not have much experience with these but I am pleased they did not include the Best Buy consumer models as they are not all that great. It also had a wireless router (DIR-330) with it that I will not use in this test.
The phones (DPH-125MS) are small with few buttons. They have a basic LCD and use a menu system for some features. I am very happy to see hold, mute, and voicemail have physical buttons. I have dealt with soft buttons and such for those and that makes it a pain to use so good job there. It has a speaker phone as well. They are also nice looking to boot.
The Analog Gateway is something I am happy to see for several reasons. First is expansion. The Old system was what you see is what you get. With the migration to gateway devices you can “stack” the units to add lines as you need them within reason. The second reason is that you can have your analog gateways near the dmark which is generally speaking a hostile environment. This leaves the system to be placed next to a managers desk or next to the server if you have one. That way if you damage the gateway you can just buy a new one as opposed to having to replace the whole system. Very nice!
Now we have the hardware listed I will start the setup but that is the next post.