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Phone System Manuals & User Guide Links: Nortel Meridian Norstar, Avaya IP Office, and NEC SV8100

We get TONS of calls each week for technical assistance with Nortel Norstar and Meridian phone systems. Ditto for Avaya IP Office and NEC SV8100 telephone system platforms.

While we DO supply limited technical support to clients that purchased their business phone equipment from Telephone Magic Inc., there is no way for us to be on site or offer no-cost help to non-clients. In a nutshell, how would we stay in business if we gave away the farm (time and technical staff) to callers that never purchased their telephone system from us directly?

That out of the way, Telephone Magic DOES have a wealth of information readily available on our website that is FREE for visitors to access and/or download to assist them with minor technical issues or for educational purposes related to their business phone system.

Telephone Magic’s main phone system manuals page contains user guides, brochures and information related to the Nortel Norstar and Merdian telephone systems, Avaya IP office IP 500 platform, NEC Univerge SV8100 IP phone system and much more. We encourage everyone to utilize this vast resource as a means to help with minor programming issues, etc.

Telephone Magic has long since been a leading source for wholesale business phones, telephone system parts, cards, equipment, etc.. On the other hand, when it comes to actual service related to major problems with your telephone system, we always recommend that you contact a authorized dealer in your local area.

While local telecom dealers not always competitive when it comes to pricing for wholesale system phones and hardware, they usually offer prompt and efficient service on the brand they specialize in. They can keep your business telephone system running efficiently and handle any adds/moves/changes you may require.

Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls!

Way to #WalkTheWire, Nik!

Just a few blocks from our offices at Telephone Magic and Hotel Telecom, Nik Wallenda made history tonight, walking across a high wire over Niagara falls!

Wire walking over Niagara Falls was outlawed in 1890, and many thought this day would never come, but a couple of months ago Nik Wallenda received permission to attempt the feat.

This was the first time in history that a wire walk was actually performed over the Falls. Previous attempts were made farther down the lower Niagara River or lower in the Niagara gorge. Wallenda had his wire about 20 stories above the Niagara River and walked right over the American Falls and all the way to the Niagara Parkway on the Canadian side.

Nik Wallenda is from the famous first family of funambulists. The signature performance of the group in the 1940’s was the seven-person chair pyramid in which two pairs of performers walk the wire, each supporting another aerielist on a pole. Those two aerialists, in turn, carry a pole upon which the seventh member of the troupe balances in a chair.

Wire walking danger is not unfamiliar to Nik Wallenda. The family patriarch and Nik’s great-grandfather Karl Wallenda fell to his death in 1978 while attempting to walk between two hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tonight the biggest challenge was the thick mist rising up from the water below Niagara Falls and pushed by a swirling wind, drenching the wire and causing visibility problems for Nik Wallenda. The water literally POURED off the wire as Nik carefully put one foot in front of another in what was termed “The Wet Zone”.

Congrats to Nik Wallenda on his historic walk across Niagara Falls… in a world where we have become jaded to the spectacular, this was truly an amazing thing to watch… All of us at Telephone Magic feel truly lucky to have our offices located just a short walk from this tremendous event.

Protect Your Nortel Investment By Migrating to Avaya IP Office Version 7.0 for IP500 V2

Avaya’s acquisition of Nortel in 2009 has resulted in the expected cancellation of BCM telephone systems in 2011, with migration into IP Office being the only stated way forward. As experienced IP Office dealers for over 5 years, Telephone Magic Inc. is in a unique position to help you transition to an Avaya IP Office IP500 phone system with the minimum of fuss.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Security
Phone systems can and do go wrong; vendors may not like to admit this but issues do occur. As a company critically dependant on communication with the outside world through your phone system, the last situation that you want to be in is being out of support on an end of life telephone system, with no facility for spares, repairs, vendor issue support etc. This is why we recommend to users that you should be no more than 2 versions behind the latest software and absolutely not on end-of-life hardware.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Handsets

With handsets being typically between 40 and 60% of the value of your existing handset, the ability to re-use these and gradually upgrade your BCM system at a steady pace avoids the rip and replace scenario which will inevitably ensue once it is end of life and spares/repairs become completely unavailable and critical issues start to occur.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Training

All extensions will be converted with one click, including voicemails brought over, and your users will need no additional training. Your users will then start to become acquanted with the IP Office software at a gradual pace, giving you scope to enlarge or upgrade further to, for example, IP Office IP telephony, when the time suits you, rather than as a response to issues.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Data Migration Manager Tool

Avaya have developed a special centralized migration tool which transfers your handsets and voicemail over to IP Office 7.0. “Data Migration Manager”. Using a three step process namely Extract, Convert and Apply, all announcements, greetings and voicemail messages can easily be transferred, resulting in a significant reduction in installation times and cost. The tool supports Norstar v7, BCM200/400/1000 R4, BCM50 R3/R5/R6 and BCM450 R1/R5/R6 as source system, and it is expected that the tool will evolve to handle the extraction, conversion and transfer of Auto-Attendant customer announcements in the future.

How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Wiring

If your business has traditional phone system wiring, you can continue using it with your Avaya IP Office solution. If you have a Local Area Network (LAN) to connect your PCs/servers, you can use that instead. Avaya IP Office works with either kind of wiring—the choice is yours and the savings of using existing wiring are significant. Common wiring interfaces available with Avaya IP Office reduce the re-wiring often associated with replacement of a communication system—making the upgrade fast and easy.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Growing

As your business grows, Avaya IP Office easily grows with you. There won’t be a need for another upgrade anytime soon. Avaya IP Office can handle hundreds of extensions.
How Your Nortel Upgrade Protects You: Gradual Replacement of Your BCM

When you upgrade to Avaya IP Office, you can keep using your Nortel phones and replace them on an as needed basis. Or, make plans to equip select employees—executives, receptionists, sales and customer service reps, etc.—who can really benefit from the added features of the new Avaya IP phones or Avaya digital phones. Either way, by being smart and managing the use of your existing phones you can protect up to 60 percent of your initial investment and still gain the benefits of a new solution.

Businesses Have Their Own Private Social Network!

Most people probably don’t realize that long before the explosion of Social Networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn (for business networking) every business to some extent already had their OWN social network – their business phone system.

Indeed, the business phone system links together everyone in a business and allows for communication between all members of this “community” via intercom. Furthermore, every time a speed dial number to a client or supplier is added to the business phone system, this private and very much unique social network grows by extension. As with a Facebook type social network, each of these added contacts to a phone system directory has their own set of unique contacts (both internally and externally), that may or may not eventually impact your own phone system network.

When you think of your business phone system in these terms you really start to understand the true importance of this key component of business equipment. Whether it be an IP capable system such as the Avaya IP Office phone platform or a more basic line such as the Nortel Norstar phone system, As your “social” network grows so does your business!

Enjoy your day and take full advantage of YOUR private business social network. 😉

Avaya IP Office IP500 Phone System

If there’s one thing a large company needs to keep in business, it’s a reputation for quality. With today’s global marketplace relying on telecommunication, quality is even more essential. Fortunately an Avaya IP Office 500 PABX specializes in quality, reliability and scalability for large businesses.

The challenges of running a business with 100 or more employees aren’t simply issues of size. Big business needs quality technology, but at a scale that’s both economical and functional. That’s where an Avaya IP Office 500 PABX can be an excellent telephone solution.

In addition, Avaya’s IP Office 500 PABX gives senior executives of large companies an effective method for managing the total cost of ownership (TOC) of a computer-integrated telephone system.

Perhaps this high level of administrative control offers a good reason why Avaya phone systems are found in some 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

Furthermore, the Avaya IP 500 PABX offers multiple options for integrating business functions through the telephone system.

{The IP 500’s ease of use and administration means that the company has control of its telephone system. This feature alone can save a business thousands of dollars through life of the phone system. The IP 500’s software also can be updated to incorporate new technology.}

The IP 500 can link a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database into the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for easier customer calling. It can connect multiple work sites through a Virtual Phone Network (VPN) or provide remote computer access, sometimes known as “hotdesking” to staff that travel or telecommute.

{Sharp business executives recognize that a telephone system’s costs associated over its life cycle can easily get out of hand, given the speed of technology changes these days. Avaya’s system is designed to be easily and economically upgradable from the outset, giving the company total control of its telephone operations. With this level of administrative control, a large company can save thousands of dollars on maintenance and upgrade throughout the life of the telephone system.}

Among the Avaya IP 500 PABX’s other features are* Easy-to-use handsets. * A computer-telephone integration interface that’s considered one of the most user-friendly on the market.* A computer-telephone integration interface that’s considered one of the most user-friendly ones.

While the precise configuration need by a business will govern the cost of an Avaya IP 500 PABX installation, the short-term expense will quickly be recovered through the savings on administration, maintenance and upgrades.

Consider this list of customizable features:
* Call Accounting
* Multi-site IP networking
* Multiple options for voicemail
* Teleconferencing for up to 64 parties on line at once
* Teleconferencing for up to 64 parties on line at once
* IP Handsets and IP soft phones

The Avaya IP 500 PABX also guards a business against the added expense of having to toss out an old system in order to get improved technology. Avaya’s software can be easily updated to new improvements in telecommunications. The Avaya IP500 phone system, its data cards , and phones are covered by a 12-month warranty. Training and technical support are also available.

An Avaya IP500 PABX telephone system helps business be big and beautiful.

(edited reprint from True Tips and Facts)

Avaya’s IP Office "Best Kept Secret"!

If your company is considering a new phone system or has already purchased and settled in on the Avaya IP Office phone system platform, you need to know about the best kept secret in the telecom industry – the “Avaya Knowledgebase“. Actually, it’s not a secret at all but the average Avaya IP Office customer does not know it even exists. We, on the other hand, actively encourage our clients to use the Avaya Knowledgebase for all it’s worth.

The Avaya Knowledgebase is a truly phenomenal information source for all Avaya IP Office products. The detailed information available shows you the powerful capabilities of the IP Office platform, inclusive of the Avaya IP 500 and the previous Avaya IP 412 which will be discontinued with the new IP 500 5.0 firmware release.

All of the IP 500 expansion modules are described in amazing detail in the Knowledgebase, along with the various series of phones – both digital and VoIP Avaya IP Office phones.

If you are considering purchasing a new business phone system, are upgrading from an Avaya Partner ACS, or are already utilizing the Avaya IP Office phone system platform, I highly recommend that you bookmark the Avaya Knowledgebase as it is a one-stop source for anything related to the IP Office platform.

Hotel phones – why do we take them for granted?

It’s funny how we check into a hotel or motel, go to our rooms, unpack our bags, take a shower, get dressed for dinner or a night on the town or just hunker down for the night, we make a few phone calls – home, for business, or simply to call for a cab – maybe even just to call the front desk to find out where the nearest ice machine is – and yet, despite the fact we recognize the distinctly different design of a hotel phone, we just kind of take the poor thing for granted!

When you want a pizza haven’t you ever taken the time to notice how the hotel has already taken the time to label your room phone faceplate with a pizza button (or at least room service key)? Tsk, tsk!

The fact is that hotel/motel guest room phones are very different from your average business phone system extension – despite the fact the main system control unit of the phone system may be the same (i.e. Avaya IP Office, Avaya Definity, Nortel Norstar, Nortel Meridian 1 PBX for larger hospitality properties). The hotel room phone is very much it’s own breed and major manufacturers include Teledex hotel phones, Scitec hotel phones, and Telematrix hotel phones.

HOTELtelecom specializes in offering hotel and motel chains and individual hotels and motels direct online hotel phones at wholesale prices. Today hotel phone stretch into the VoIP category and many lines are now far more stylish than the traditional looking phones that have always been very functional for it’s designed purpose but packaged in a plain rectangle shape.

The new iPhone A line from Teledex is a very good example of the new euro styling being employed by hotel phone manufacturers. While traditional hotel phones were usually beige (cream) color, the iPhone A line base color is charcoal (black) color. Personally I think this is a huge improvement over the older stying of guest room phones. In case you didn’t know (as we all chose to simply ignore the phones in all the hotel or motel rooms we have stayed in – lol) Teledex is considered the world’s leading manufacturer of hospitality phones.

Another major development over the past 10-12 years are short range cordless phones that are specifically made for hotel rooms. The short range feature of these phones means no interference or cross-talk between the cordless phones between each of the rooms in a property. These phones also have come a long way in styling as evident with the new Telematrix cordless hotel phones which feature single line and 2-line versions.

One thing is for sure the technology behind guest room phones has come a long way and even those most brand lines remain analog phones, the digital improvements to set features are vastly improved. Improvements in the cordless versions of these phones include DECT 6.0 technology and use of the newer 1.9 GHz bandwidth.

Has the time come where we will now revere hotel/motel room phones instead of simply taking them for granted? Probably not. But it does occur to me that me may finally take more notice of them and understand that they have very unique qualities when compared to the average business phone. Maybe we will even come to appreciate these phones as the really marvelous sector of the telephony industry they represent – even if only because the “Pizza” button saved you an ill-fated trip through the local phone book in a city you know nothing about. Cheers all!