Turnkey Network Solutions with LTE Failover

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When the health of the network is on the line, the last thing any business needs is a complicated solution.

With a turnkey wireless solution for failover and Out-of-Band Management, your organization has total uptime.
Are you ready for the next generation of business continuity for forward-thinking voice and data solutions?

Netcom Enterprises has the total solution.  Contact us at info@netcomcloud.com

Windows 10 arrives in about 6 weeks! (July 29th)

All of us here at Netcom are excited about the OS for it’s new features and of course the free price tag.

There are lots of appealing new additions in Windows 10 and unless you’ve been reading the articles, you might have missed a few.

Here are 10 things to know about Windows 10:

 

  1. Free OS upgrade to Windows 10

The big news…  the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users (except for those with Windows Enterprise Edition) for one year after the launch date (July 29th, 2016). And to make things easier, you can upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update if your OS is up to date. This enticing offer will surely speed up adoption, For more information on whether your systems qualify for a free upgrade, check out the following Windows 10 licensing guide and Upgrade Paths article.

 

  1. The Return Of The Start Button

The one thing that everyone disliked about Windows 8, it was the removal of the start button in favor of the Metro / Modern UI. This drastic change to the interface was the top complaint of the otherwise very robust operating system. Microsoft listened to the feedback and they brought a semi-start button back in Windows 8.1… but not the same one that everyone was used to. So, the return of a more familiar start button experience in Windows 10 is highly anticipated indeed.

 

  1. Universal OS and apps + doc syncing

Microsoft “promises” that Windows 10 will be the same OS across PCs, supported tablets, and smartphones – all of which can run the same (select) universal applications. On top of that, Windows 10 device integration with OneDrive and Azure active directory should produce a consistent, seamless experience to users by providing the same access to files, apps and preferences no matter where they are or what Windows 10 device they’re using. That’s a big promise but it could be amazing.

 

  1. Enhanced Security

In this time of seemingly endless security breaches, Microsoft wants to better protect us against these threats. With Windows 10, Microsoft will deliver security features including multi-factor authentication built into the OS, secure containers based on Hyper-V, integrated data loss prevention solutions, automatic encryption of sensitive data, improved policy based access control to specific information even after it’s left the network, better ways to separate personal and work data, granular control over which apps are allowed VPN access and improved controls over which applications users can install.

 

  1. Faster update cycle + more options for delivery

With Windows 10, it’s time to say goodbye to Patch Tuesday. Updates and new features will be available more frequently than once a month, and patches will be pushed to home users as soon as they’re ready. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users will have more control over when updates are applied through either Windows Update, WSUS, or System Center. You can choose to keep pace with the latest through the current branch for business (CBB) program or wait longer for less frequent roll ups using the long-term servicing branch (LTSB) option.

 

  1. Multiple Desktops (Virtual Desktops)

If you’re like me and are always looking for ways to be more organized, Windows 10 offers a built-in way to separate your running applications into multiple virtual desktop views.

For example, you can set up one virtual desktop for emails, another for productivity software and yet another for web browsers. You can then arrange windows in each view and the OS will remember their position within each desktop. This feature is especially handy if you don’t have multiple monitors, if you are a big multi-tasker, or if you’re using a device with limited screen real estate. While this sounds very innovative, Mac and Linux users have had this feature available for years…

 

  1. Facial, biometric, and voice recognition

Microsoft has stated that they are on a “journey to eliminate the use of single factor identity options like passwords. One big part of this strategy is Microsoft Hello, which can recognize your face, iris, or fingerprint as an authentication factor. Of course, a supported fingerprint reader or an infrared camera are required to use Hello. Windows 10 can also recognize your voice through Microsoft Cortana, a personal assistant that can do things like answer questions, set reminders and appointments, and take notes. Cortana has been on Windows Phones for a while now, and she’s now making the jump to PCs with Windows 10 (not to mention Android and iOS devices too).

 

  1. New Web browser – Microsoft Edge

After many years with Internet Explorer (the first release came out in 1995), Microsoft will launch with a brand new default web browser called Edge (formerly known as project Spartan) with Windows 10. Characteristics of Edge include a new rendering engine, dropping of legacy support that arguably held IE back, better adherence to HTML standards, faster page load times, support for 3rd party extensions and the ability to write shareable notes on top of web pages.

 

  1. This is the “last” version of Windows, and it’s going to be huge

Microsoft has indicated that Windows 10 will be the last numbered version of the OS. Windows 10 will see a move towards an OS model that will provide more frequent, incremental feature rollouts to the same OS instead of the periodic OS launch cycle that we’ve become accustomed to for more than two decades. Microsoft expects that most Windows users will upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year of launch. Their goal is to reach 1 billion devices running Windows 10.

 

  1. Many questions around the operating system still remain

While Microsoft has made many things about Windows 10 clear, many questions are still unanswered. For example, Microsoft has not clearly defined what their stated “Windows as a Service” model will look like in the future, so IT pros (such as us) are struggling to fill in the blanks and figure out what the implications are for customers. For example, “as a service” implies a monthly fee for using a product to many, but at the same time, Microsoft employees have stated that Windows 10 will not require an annual fee. Also, Microsoft also muddied the waters when they said that they’ll continue to update Windows 10 for free for the “supported life” of a device, implying that updates might potentially stop at some point. Still more questions about OEM and volume licenses remain as well.

Mini PC—Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH – Shipping in April

intel.web.480.270Product Overview

Equipped with a 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7-5557U processor, NUC5i7RYH is the highest performing Intel® NUC ever. Iris™ graphics 6100 delivers amazing multimedia experiences and makes NUC5i7RYH perfect for immersive gaming. A replaceable lidprovides plenty of options to extend system capabilities or add personal style. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.01 delivers performance that adapts to your needs. Add a 2.5-inch HDD or an M.2 SSD for more storage. Complete with Wi-Fi* 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth*, and 7.1 surround sound, NUC5i7RYH is ideal for home theater PCs, media server PCs, and home hubs.

Here are the specs for i7 NUC.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc5i7ryh.html

Acer Ultrabook U14: A Versatile Hybrid notebook with Windows 7 at an SMB Price!

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Even with hybrid functionality, Acer hits the price sweet spot for small businesses.

Acer focuses on the Intel i5 CPU power with 8GB RAM, in a flexible portable package with SSD (Solid State Drives).

This configuration provides exceptional performance and battery life.

 

Prices starting at $1199 robustly configured with 2 year manufacturer warranty!

 

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NPBX Netcom PBX – VoIP/SIP/Analog Hybrid Phone System r10.14

Netcom PBX – VoIP/SIP/Analog Hybrid Phone System r10.14

NPBX1 ENTERPRISE 1U Dell Hardware with 5 Year Next Business Day Warranty

Intel Xeon Multi Core Processor, 32GB RAM, Dual Gigabit LAN Ports

LSI Hardware RAID Controller Card with 2TB Enterprise RAID 1 Hot Swap SATA Drive Volume

Integrated Asterisk/Securus Telecom 64 Bit Enterprise PBX Software

Includes Secure Live Bare Metal Recovery and Secure Recovery USB/LAN/WAN Backup & Restore

Netcom NPBX1 Platform Has Unlimited Extensions and is Capable of 200 Simultaneous Calls

 

NPBX2 ENTERPRISE 1U Dell Hardware with 5 Year Next Business Day Warranty

Intel Xeon Multi Core Processor, 64GB RAM, Dual Gigabit LAN Ports

LSI Hardware RAID Controller Card with 2TB Enterprise RAID 1 Hot Swap SATA Drive Volume with Hot Spare

Integrated Asterisk/Securus Telecom 64 Bit Enterprise PBX Software

Includes Secure Live Bare Metal Recovery and Secure Recovery USB/LAN/WAN Backup & Restore

Netcom NPBX2 Platform Has Unlimited Extensions and is Capable of 400 Simultaneous Calls


Based on the Asterisk platform, Netcom PBX with integrated Securus Telecom software incorporates the following at no extra cost, including:

Feature Description
Analog Phone Support Supports integrated analog ports to connect standard analog telephones, fax machines or credit card machines.
Analog/Digital Ready Not ready to go 100% VoIP? Netcom PBX platform allows you to add options such as analog line modules or T1/E1 PRI or R2 protocol interface modules for additional connections to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
ANI Routing Routes calls to certain departments or certain locations based on the incoming Caller ID or Automatic Number Identification.
Announcement Interface Create customized auto attendant announcements in two methods:
a) Upload .wav files
b) Record them through a telephone handset
Auto Provisioning Complete interoperability with phone manufacturers like Yealink, Asstra, Polycom, Linksys, Snom and others allow the Netcom PBX platform to automatically discover a phone on site. Input a few settings into your Netcom PBX, plug your phone into the network, and let the system do the work for you. Complete configuration files are downloaded to your phone saving both time and money.
Blacklists Create a list of persons or organizations that have incurred disapproval or suspicion and regulate the telephone system behavior accordingly. For example, the Caller ID of these persons or organizations can be programmed in the Netcom PBX platform so when they call they would hear a message that says: “The party you are trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time.”
Blind Transfer Transfer a call to another extension without the need to wait for the other person to pick up. This type of transfer will also send the CID of the outside caller to the extension where the call is transferred.
Call Detail Record (CDR) A log of all calls made including: source number; destination number; call duration, date and time. Full graphic reporting included as standard.
Call Forward on Busy Calls are automatically forwarded to another extension or phone number if the phone is busy.
Call Forward on No Answer Calls are automatically forwarded to another extension or phone number if not answered after a defined number of rings.
Call Monitoring Allows a supervisor to listen in on a phone conversation.
Call Parking Allows a call to be ‘parked’ on a virtual extension and then picked up by a third party by dialing to that extension.
Call Pickup Answer a phone that is ringing across the office by dialing a code such as 9* and the extension number.
Call Queuing Allows multiple calls to be placed in a queue and answered by the next available operator.
Call Recording (Extension) Set up recording of every call made or received on an extension-by-extension basis.
Call Recording (On-the-Fly Recording) Create a rule that dialing a particular sequence in the course of a call (such as *1) will result in the call being recorded.
Call Return Users can access their Call Detail Records through a Web-based User Interface. Missed calls can be viewed and returned directly from the interface, regardless of the IP telephone being used.
Call Screening Want to know who is calling you when a call is being transferred from the office to your cell phone? Enable Call Screening within your User Profile and the caller will be prompted to record their name and then the system will call you. When you answer, the system will speak the caller’s name and give you have the option of accepting or rejecting the call.
Call Whisper The Securus Telecom IP-PBX can whisper to the user taking the call who or where the call is coming from when they answer.
Caller ID Displays the caller’s phone number on the phone’s screen.
Caller ID Blocking Block a call based on the caller’s phone number.
Caller ID Customization Allows you to customize your outbound caller ID extension. Note: Some restrictions by carrier may apply.
Caller ID on Call Waiting See the phone number of a second caller while talking to the first caller.
Cell Phone Integration Find Me/Follow Me interface forwards calls to your cell phone and all the functions of the Securus Telecom PBX are available for you to use.
Conference Bridge Create a conference call between multiple parties at multiple locations using different phone types; e.g., connect a local extension, remote fixed line, mobile and VoIP connection – all in one conference.
Conference Rooms Bring your customers and employees together by sending an option from your auto attendant or pointing one of your inbound phone numbers to a conference bridge. You can have an unlimited number of callers dialed into the conference bridge from within your phone system. Your only limitation to external callers is based on the amount of phone lines you have set up and available in the phone system. Internal users or remote extensions can access the conference bridge without tying up any of your available phone lines.
Database Integration The Asterisk Programmable Interface is kept wide open for the IT staff to integrate the telephone system functions with their database for the purposes of screen pops and other functions.
Database Store/Retrieval Store call information in a database for later retrieval.
Dial by Name Directory Send callers to a dial-by-name directory where they can dial the first or last name to reach any extension in your phone system.
Direct Inward Dial Numbers (DIDs) Support for Direct Inward Dialing (phone numbers provided by your VoIP or E1/T1 provider) which allows each person in the company to have their own unique phone number that rings directly to their extension. A number may also be directly dialed to an extension group, auto attendant or custom routing rule. Take this integration a step further by adding a description to each DID that will be displayed as part of the inbound caller ID for users answering the phone.
Direct Inward System Access (DISA) The DISA feature can be activated to allow specific employees to dial a pre-configured phone number and provide a pass code. Once entered properly the person calling would have the ability of making an outside call.
DNIS Routing Route calls to certain departments or certain locations based on the number the caller dialed.
Do Not Disturb Incoming calls are automatically routed to voicemail, reception or an alternate extension.
E911 Special handling for Emergency Services Number, for example, the ability to place an emergency call when phone is locked, etc.
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) / Auto Attendants An unlimited number of auto attendant messages and rules are easy to create and manage. An unlimited number of auto attendant messages and rules are easy to create and manage.
Echo Cancellation – OSLEC (Open Source Line Echo Cancellation) Integrated, field-tested software-based echo canceller.
Extensions (Unlimited) You can add an extension at any time, with no limits and no need to contact your telephone provider. There are no per user license fees to create an extension.
Extension Range Flexibility Configure extension numbers with between 2 and 10 digits.
Extension Groups (a.k.a. Ring Groups) Create and name an unlimited number of extension groups on-the-fly to ring in unison. Choose to ring that group as an option from an auto attendant or choose to have the group rung directly from inbound numbers. All extensions in the group will ring simultaneously while the caller hears either the standard ring tones or your ‘on-hold’ music. The first person to pick up will receive the call.
Fax Support Connect your current fax machine to the PBX. Netcom PBX guarantees the delivery of the Fax with integrated Phase Lock Loop (PLL) technology. VoIP faxing is supported as a best effort service.
Fax to Email Built-in Fax-to-Email engine converts inbound faxes to PDF documents and sends them to a pre-determined email address, whether the source be the company’s main fax number destined for the receptionist, or configured based on DID for employees who require their own individual fax number. Fax software for sending faxes from your computer is also available.
Find Me – Follow Me Not working at your desk today? Out of town? Working from home? Your customers will never know. Simply login to the user interface and the system will look for you at up to four different phone numbers or extensions and then send the voicemail back to your original voicemail box.
Hot Dial (a.k.a. Ring Down Phone) When the handset is lifted on an analog or IP Telephone it will automatically ring a pre-determined extension or outside number. This feature is commonly used in hotels, elevators and airport terminals. The dial pad can be disabled for this application.
Inbound Call Description Place a label or description on the inbound call in order to identify the type of call being received.
Interactive Directory Listing Allows inbound callers to lookup a person’s extension by their name.
Least Cost Routing (LCR, a.k.a. Outbound Dial Map) he complete outbound dial map allows you to prioritize how local, long distance, international and 911 calls are routed. For example, you may want to use the standard telephone lines for local calls and when those are unavailable, move to another provider. Or you may want to route your long distance or international calls through a specific provider.
Local and Remote Call Agents Staff can log onto the PBX from any phone using a login ID, allowing them to make and take calls as if they were in their office.
Multiple Music on Hold For each department, group or company using the PBX you can create an Extension Group and assign each group custom Music On Hold.
Music on Hold No external device is required. Securus Telecomm IP-PBX comes standard with a varied selection of message on hold and music tracks.
Music on Transfer Plays music when transferring calls between extensions.
OSLEC (Open Source Line Echo Cancellation) Supported
Outbound Dial Map (a.k.a. Least Cost Routing) Supported
Paging (Integrated) Page any phone or all phones on the phone system by dialing a paging code.
Paging (Overhead) Integrate with your existing overhead paging system using the Netcom PBX PA connector.
Privacy Manager If a remote caller ID is blocked against automatic display, the Privacy Manager prompts the caller to manually enter their phone number, which is then checked against a blacklist or whitelist. The call will then be blocked or permitted as appropriate.
PSTN or Digital Failover Augment your VoIP strategy with a failover solution. The administrator can easily set outbound dial maps that will automatically allow your E1/T1 PRI or analog lines to take over in the case that your Internet connection or VoIP provider is down.
Remote Call Pickup Calls can be picked up at a remote location.
Remote Office Support Connect phones located in a remote office to the office PBX as local extensions.
Remote Phones There is no limit to the amount of Remote Phones you can set up and no toll charges for extension-to-extension calls, anywhere you have a high speed Internet Connection, so take your IP phone with you when you travel.
Remote Linked Servers Easily link two or more offices together enabling extensions to dial each other as though they were in the next room on the same network (using 3- or 4-digit extension numbers). All traffic is routed over the Internet via IAX or/and SIP protocol.
Ring Down Phone (a.k.a. Hot Dial) Supported
Ring Groups Supported – Unlimited
Roaming Extensions Individuals are given an extension number rather than phones having an extension. A person logs into the phone in the morning (using a PIN) and all calls to their extension are then routed through to that phone. Single sign-in is also available, so that logging into Windows will also log you into the phone next to the computer.
Route by Caller ID Connect a call to a given extension, call queue, or group of extensions based on the caller’s phone number.
Skills-Based Routing Minimize customer hold time by sending the caller to the agent that is properly trained to handle their query. Transfer callers who require specific handling in a certain area, such as technical support or sales, directly to those agents. Keep the callers in queue if all agents are busy and provide choices to go to another group, supervisor or even have the system call them back.
Speed Dial Numbers Creates a speed dial code so that when any phone on the system dials this code, the phone number that you have programmed is automatically dialed.
System Diagnostics Provides the administrator with a snapshot view of vitally important system status and usage information.
Talk Detection Detects when a person is talking. Useful for detection of answering machines.
Three-Way Calling Connects three people into a mini conference call.
Time and Date Announces the time and date to the caller.
Time of Day Routing Route incoming calls to a separate auto attendant or call routing rule during off hours (nights, weekends, holidays).
Transcoding Conversion between the different voice compression methods.
Trunking Connection to PSTN, ITSP or other PBXs via analog or digital lines or via SIP or IAX2 VoIP communication channels.
Unified Messaging Define a single DID number to:
a) Receive a Fax that can be sent to you as a PDF document via email
b) Locate you at the phone number of your choice
c) Leave you a Voicemail message that can be sent to you as a .wav file to your favorite email client.In addition, you can have a dedicated Fax DID number and a separate DID number to receive voice calls to provide the same functionality at no additional cost.
User Interface Every user is provided a unique Web portal interface to manage specific functions relative to their call preferences. Find Me/Follow Me, Unified Messaging, Call Recording, Voicemail .wav files, and personal call history logs. Supports different languages.
Voicemail Blast Groups Distribute a single voicemail message to multiple extensions by creating a group of voicemail boxes from any group of extensions on the phone system.
Voicemail Boxes (Unlimited) Voicemail boxes are automatically set up for a user when an extension is created. In addition, you can create a voicemail box without attaching an endpoint to the extension.
Voicemail Bypass The receptionist on the Netcom PBX can transfer the outside caller directly to the voicemail box without forcing him to wait while the extension is rung, saving the outside caller time and frustration.
Voicemail Callback Caller ID information of the person leaving a voicemail is recorded, allowing the user to choose to call the person back directly from the voicemail box. This comes in very handy when retrieving messages from your cell phone as you can return the call and the person you are calling receives the caller ID of your office extension, and not your cell phone.
Voicemail Web Access Access voicemail messages through the Web-based user interface, both from within the office or outside the office.
Voicemail to E-mail Sends voicemail messages as .wav files to the email client of your choosing.
Voicemail Notification via SMS Sends an SMS message to your cell phone to notify you that you have a new voicemail message in your Netcom PBX mailbox. Details include caller ID, length of the message and the time and date that the message arrived. Note: Requires external SMS server, and development resources for integration.
Voicemail Call Out Program the voicemail system to Call Out to your cell phone when a voicemail message is left in your mailbox. Upon answering you can:

  • listen to the message
  • call back the party that left the message using a few keystrokes
VoIP Compression The bandwidth required for VoIP connections depends on the method used to transport it. The standard G.711(u) that ships with Netcom PBX is sufficient in most installations. This method uses 80 – 100Kbps per simultaneous phone call. The G.729(a) codec is an industry standard that supports placement of more calls in limited bandwidth to utilize IP voice in more cost effective ways. G.729(a) reduces the call to 25-40Kbps. This compression eliminates the need to replace or upgrade your Internet connection without sacrificing call quality. G.729(a) compression can be installed for a one time license fee of $100 per the number of simultaneous calls you wish to place. Contact your sales representative for more details.