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Choosing the Right Polycom Phone

Posted by Chessie Skates on Jun 19, 2014 9:58:00 AM

How do you choose the right phone for your conferencing desires?  With so many options available, it can be hard to decide which one is the right product for your company. Polycom offers a variety of audio conferencing options that are sure to fit your needs. 

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to quickly find the perfect solution for you.

How large is your room? This is more about making sure that anywhere in the room participants can hear (i.e., speaker size) and can be heard (microphone pickup).  To simplify things, imagine your room size as a “small” room- such as a personal office, an “average” conference room- seating 8-20, or a “large” auditorium or boardroom- seating 20 or more. 

Stationary or wireless? You can decide if a stationary phone that you can move around your office will work or if you don’t want the hassle of wires, a wireless product might be right for you. Polycom offers a SoundStation2W wireless conference phone that provides stress free mobility.

IP or analog? If you are connecting to a new enterprise-grade system from Microsoft, Avaya, Cisco, Alcatel, Siemens (Unify), Shoretel, etc. then you need an IP conference phone like one of Polycom’s SoundStation IP conference phones.  If you are connecting to a traditional plain old telephone service line, like you might have at home, then you’ll need an analog conference phone like Polycoms SoundStation2.  

Connecting to video? Today you may only prefer a conference phone for audio calls, but with video in such a demand, you may be needing a video room solution in the near future.  With that said, you may want to consider a conference phone that integrates speakers, microphones and a control system to operate your video system like Polycom’s SoundStation VTX1000.

If you still can’t decide, choose the Polycom SoundStation Duo. It is the ultimate mid-range phone and supports both IP and analog connections.

Topics: Polycom Video Conferencing, teleconference


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