It’s a new world, it’s a new model, SIP is king and Unified Communications has supplanted standalone telephony. We are always connected, we have endless choice for effective communication, we can start large video conferences from a disposable device in our pockets, we live in the future. So why am I so excited about this new high density analog gateway from AudioCodes?
In a perfect world, analog would be dead, but we live in the real world with legacy processes
and systems that need to be brought forward. Large enterprises, higher education, healthcare, and other organizations still have analog needs that need to be filled in a UC world. Imagine a university campus filled with emergency blue light call boxes, press a button and you’re on the line with police. That’s analog. Imagine rooms upon rooms filled with hospitality phones that are extremely costly to replace or have no good SIP equivalent. More analog. Until now, the high density analog options for Skype for Business or Lync were rough. The biggest supported gateway had a mere 24 ports. Sure, you could maintain many gateways but the complexity multiplies. It sadly came up that maintaining a trunk to a legacy TDM system was often a reasonable answer.
But finally we have a new option, the AudioCodes MediaPack 1288. This 3U device can start with 144 analog FXS ports and scale to 216 or 288 depending on the number of line-cards (up to 4) added. Each of those line cards has three 50-pin champ connectors which can connect to a punch down block or an RJ11 adaptor. For those emergency phones, it supports long haul connections over 4 and a half miles (your ethernet cable won’t make it). When you’re used to stacking gateways and maintaining multiple routes, this unit means the world.
For fun, here’s a sneak peek at the unit below with a single line-card. I have to make this clear, this picture is unofficial and the look may change by GA, meaning yours might look a bit different.