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  • External Ringers for loud enviorments

    I have a user that on their old analog system had a external ringer / strobe in their very loud environment. It comes to our attention now after installing the ShoreTel system (i.e. IP 230 & 560 phones) that more requests for external ringers are being voiced. I have looked around on the web for any ringers for VoIP systems and cannot find any. Any help with this or as this forum is for, a future request? Thanks.

  • #2
    We had this problem where I worked, I couldnt find anything so I dedicated some of the ports on the switch to analog and hooked up the old phone. It worked fine, just don't have all the cool features of the IP phones. I would be interested to know if there is something out there though. Good Luck.

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    • #3
      One thing you can do, would be to use an analog port that would go up to the analog ringer, then point the DID to it. You can then ring monitor that analog station from the ipphone. This eats up some ports and another license.

      But it should work for you if your in a tuff spot.

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      • #4
        These work well

        Look for these Doro RingPlus is a sound and light amplifier, they work really well dont take a license and just listen for the phone to ring, works really well

        Hope this helps

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        • #5
          The-P-Unit,
          I dont think we can get those here in the States. I like the solution if we can get them.
          Last edited by BIGDOG3c; 04-16-2008, 04:19 AM.

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          • #6
            I was just looking for a solution to this, but in a setting where i have a CAT 5 out to a shop with ONE phone and no analog lines, I cant wire up an analog phone to a port for a ringer.

            would be cool to have a box that is jsut a bell with a cat5 connection that you could hook to a phone for power for those loud environments. "attach" that unit to the phone in the director (similar to attaching a button box), and off you go.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BIGDOG3c View Post
              One thing you can do, would be to use an analog port that would go up to the analog ringer, then point the DID to it. You can then ring monitor that analog station from the ipphone. This eats up some ports and another license.

              But it should work for you if your in a tuff spot.
              An analog port may or may not solve this for him.

              We have a user in a noisy area who already has an analog port/ phone.
              The ringer is not loud enough, so I used an old "Bell System" aux ringer ('bout the size of 1/2 a cd case) that was laying around.
              Worked, but also quiet - like the phone.
              I found another Aux ringer, a "Tandy". It's a lot bigger, like 2 video tapes stacked up, and with much larger amps inside. Hooked it up, same thing... quiet. Both amps are passive, they use whatever voltage is already present on the line to function.

              I'm actually a computer/ networking guy, so I don't have lots of phone knowledge - particularly POTS/ legacy phone systems.
              My theory here is that the shoretel system is putting out LESS amps/volts to initiate a ring than the old legacy system did.

              We used to hear the bells & he's using the same phone.

              Could that actually be the problem?
              Would a "powered (plugged-into 120v) amp" be the solution here?

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              • #8
                Stinger Ringer - Outside Outdoor Loud Phone Ringer - Model 196 & 198
                We used two of the non powered versions at a grain dump they are loud enough that they scare the guys when they ring. They don't care for the type of tone (it doesn't sound like a phoe ringing) but they don't complain about not being able to here the phone any more. They were already using analog phone so it was easy to wire up.

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                • #9
                  How we did it.

                  Might be odd, but us with a telephone background look for a simple way to do stuff. We cut the speaker wires and scotch locked a Viking Electronics loud station ringer unit there. The plus is when you page the station they hear it.

                  I know the warranty. Can't have it all.

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                  • #10
                    In the past, I have used a unit called a Viking M2W. You will have to open the phone up, but that is only a few screws. Once it is open, connect the input of the M2W to the speaker wires. there is even a volume adjustment.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The-P-Unit View Post
                      Look for these Doro RingPlus is a sound and light amplifier, they work really well dont take a license and just listen for the phone to ring, works really well

                      Hope this helps
                      These look to be the same concept as the Plantronics ring detectors. Looks to be a great idea. Simple to install. Can easily stick on on a desk phone in a plant with no extra wiring or interfacing with the shoretel system. Seems that they are limited to the UK... Anyone find these in the US ?

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                      • #12
                        ShoreTel, can you hear me NOW?

                        I contacted the folks (blokes) in England and they said "sorry old chap, we don't ship outside the UK"

                        I have family in the UK. I'm thinking about having them purchase some, and ship to me.

                        Cool, my company would be the only company in the US to have them.

                        But seriously, SHORETEL ARE YOU LISTENING? This is apparently a big enough problem for enough people that you NEED to ADRESS IT

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                        • #13
                          What we've done here is to add an analogue extension and place it along with the IPphone extension in a hunt group set to simultaneous ring. The analogue extension is connected to an analogue bell or ringer device.

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                          • #14
                            yes that's what we did too. BUT, that uses up extra resources and creates issues with the phone dir, etc.

                            I would just like to see Shoretel actually address this problem from the factory as it seems a lot of people need loud ringers

                            thanks for your reply

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                            • #15
                              Has anyone setup an analogue ringer on a switch with a 4-wire port? ie. 2 tip pins and 2 ring pins.

                              I am currently trying to setup an Algo Duet plus and cannot get it to work on a SG90. Although it works perfectly on a SG60/12

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