Saturday, May 02, 2009 ≡ Mario Stocco
Recently, Aastra sent me their 6757i model to demo; a really nice VoIP telephone. The 6757i is the next evolution to Aastra's former 57i model. The name Aastra may, or may not be the most familiar, but do not dismiss it out of hand. The Canadian-based manufacturer builds high-quality telephone gear and has earned a significant share of the European enterprise telephony market.
With the Aastra 6757i out of its box and sitting on my desk, I decided to write a quick review of my impressions of this phone.
If you do not have experience with SIP phones or you just want to configure a few options, you will definitely need more information than the included installation guide. That would entail downloading Aastra's Administrator Guide and the User Guide.
The 602 page Admin Guide is a wealth of knowledge but is remiss to explain which ones are most likely be to be necessary for connecting to your Asterisk IP-PBX or OpenSIPS proxy server. Of course, your business would most likely have your telephone system vendor install the system and provide the essential training to your own system administrators.
Whether one uses the phone's LCD interface or its built-in web interface, it can take minutes to get the phone up and running on your SIP network. All the phone really needs to know is IP settings for itself and the SIP server (and any proxies which might be in place) plus a phone number, password and username. The short-cut keys are assigned default values including Save, Directory and Conference; these be changed via the Web user interface. The configuration menu is not hard to use, but the Web interface is preferable and provides for more options. If you have this phone set up by your vendor, they will more likely use a TFTP server to configure your Aastra SIP phones.
This telephone is not only functional, but also attractively styled and priced. It has many useful features, flexibility through configuration of short-cut keys and other items, plus it displays above average sound quality. Also of note is that Aastra provides a full one year warranty on this product.
Overall the Aastra 6757i is a great VoIP telephone worthy of your consideration. Are you looking for a new IP phone for your office? Aastra's 6757i is an attractive and very usable telephone without the shocking price tag.
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With nearly a decade of in-the-trenches computer telephony experience, Mario Stocco writes this weblog to articulate his thoughts on topics like VoIP, Open Source and life in general.
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