The Mediatrix 1204 is a gateway product for Talkswitch and other PBX Systems. Much of the text here is specific to Talkswitch, but, the product works equally well in other environments. This product has been integrated and thoroughly tested by Centrepoint with their Talkswitch systems. It also works with other PBX systems, though not with all of the same features described here. The Mediatrix 1204 uses FXO (foreign exchange office) to connect analog CO lines, and the local extension side of the Talkswitch or other PBX system to a VOIP network. The 1204 can be remotely managed and maintained using the included software.
Use the Mediatrix 1204 to link 2 or more offices. As an example, say you have an office in Dallas, and an office in Los Angeles, both with Talkswitch systems. By purchasing a 1204 in Dallas, and an 1102 in Los Angeles, you can connect a local extension port in Dallas with a remote phone in Los Angeles. Using this type of connection, you will not get a remote voice mail light in Los Angeles as you would using a FXS device. One advantage though is you get to keep all of your incoming phone company lines using the 1204. Also, calls from the Los Angeles location are very easy, you pick up the phone, and it works just as if you were in Dallas. To call Los Angeles from Dallas works as easy as calling any other local extension. The Mediatrix 1204 connects to the internet via an existing internet connection your company probably already has, broadband is preferable.
A different use for the 1204 is to utilize VOIP services from analog lines. So, for example, put a 1204 in Los Angeles, and a 1102 in Dallas. Connect the 1204 in Los Angeles to a few phone company lines. Now, when someone in the Los Angeles area dials the phone number that connects to the 1204, they have VOIP service and can connect to Dallas! So, in plain English, you can provide a "local presence" in a different city.
One final use of the 1204 is to provide IP phones and devices access to PSTN services.
Connection of more than 3 ports may require using SIP, which is a call manager that routes calls to the correct place. There are internet sites that can provide SIP services to you (though then you are back to paying perhaps), or, you can run your own SIP server with software we sell from Centrepoint.
What is the advantage of using Voice over IP (VOIP)? Well, you probably are already paying for a broadband internet connection. So, by using voice over IP, you can now place local calls to the other office, no long distance charges! And using Call Bridge, you can place local calls in the other office local dialing area. So, other than equipment cost, it then becomes free. If you use a lot of hours each month in calls to your other office(s), then VOIP can make very good business sense with a quick payback, perhaps measured in months.
A quick rundown of the Mediatrix 1204 features:
- IP connectivity for analog phone lines or extensions
- PSTN-quality voice over IP networks
- Deployable in SIP networks
- Auto configurable, remotely manageable and upgradeable
- Interoperable with equipment from leading industry vendors
- Fax over IP support, including T.38
- Multiple codec support (G.711, G.723.1, G.729)
- Ideal desktop solution
- IEEE 802.3af compliant for Power over LAN
- Ideal for enterprise or carrier based applications
- 4 RJ11 Phone Connectors, and 1 RJ45 10/100 Lan Connector
- Measures 10.2" X 7" X 2.2".
- Typical data rate for voice calls yielding excellent quality is only 14k BPS. But, bandwidth is only used when actually talking! In a typical call, callers are silent 60% of the duration.