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You ordered a DS3 circuit to replace 20 T-1 lines you have. it is cheaper on the network side and everybody at the local long distance carrier said it will work exactly the same as T-1′s. Now you’re being told told it will not (big surprise) and it is due to be installed in a few days.
The signaling you need is d4-AMI. The carrier wants to know if it will be either ss7 or PRI. Your equipment is too old for both.
How do you make this work?
You’ve heard about using a multiplexor or a mux. But how do you know if you are getting the right one and if it will work? Your equipment is based off of the D240sc t-1 rev1 dialogic boards. plus you also use a 1980′s phone system (again.no surprise for many businesses unfortunately). Ultimately, you need to have 28 T-1 lines from the DS3 circuit.
What equipment do you need? how should the carrier set up the DS3 circuit for you?
The first thing you need is to get the proper equipment.
Any M13 mux will break out the individual T1 lines from the DS3 circuit. The Adtran MX2800 should be okay but it will need the proper configuration. Unless you have a DC power plant you will want the AC power model. I would suggest you put it on an UPS also. plus you’ll want to get the M13 control card not the STS-1.
You will be using M13 framing on the DS3 circuit not C-bit. The DS3 bandwidth side of the circuit is referred to as the high-speed side. The T1 bandwidth side is referred to as the low-speed side. on the T1 side you will need to physically breakout the T1 lines.
For the MX2800 it appears you will need a couple of accessories. it looks like you will want to get the 64-pin amp cable to the RJ48 patch panel. Your T1 lines will appear on the patch panel in order, DSX-1 channels 1-28.
The T1 lines are individuals and need their framing and coding set for the type of T1 on a particular channel. for instance; channel 1 on the DS3 circuit is an SF/AMI T1 so you set the mux channel 1 for SF/AMI. Channel 2 is ESF/B8ZS so you set channel 2 for ESF/B8ZS, etc.
TL1 commands are pretty basic but can get complicated very quickly. Not all mux’s use TL1 but it looks like the MX2800 does. The Manual with the mux should have the commands in it for you to follow for set up..
Basically it’s fairly simple. you have a DS3 signal on two coax cables, TX and RX. Those cables will plug in to the DS3 mux. The mux will break out the T1?s respectively to the DSX-1 panel.
In general…the T1 configuration is separate from the DS3 configuration. you can order a Muxed DS3 and request the T1s be optioned as ESF/B8ZS or D4/AMI.
The company you order the circuit from should be able to configure the T1s either way.
DPC is short for Destination Point Code. it identifies your switch from other SS7 switches and is used to route calls to you as well as establish SS7 service to your switch.
One very simplistic way to think of SS7 is as if you were looking right at a person, face to face.
You see the person (T1 circuit) and you can talk to the person (SS7). If SS7 goes down you can still see each other, but you can’t communicate with each other.
In most cases ISDN service or even standard T1E&M is the way to go, unless you are running a Central Office type switch (Lucent 5E or Nortel DMS-100).
If the provider can give you ISDN (PRI) service and your equipment has the capability to work with ISDN service, that would be the way to go only if your equipment can handle ESF/B8ZS circuits.
Afterall this is a DS3 not a bunch of T1 lines. Remember, your T1 orders are ordered to arrive to you on the DS3. when you order a T1, it’s CFA (carrier facility assignment) is ordered on your DS3 and mapped on the DLR (design layout record).
Now you have a plan to follow that makes both technical and business sense. I strongly suggest that if you are ever faced with a similar situation… that you make use of the free consultant services of someone like DS3-Bandwidth.com to map a solution BEFORE you choose a provider and place your order. this will eliminate most of the frustrations encountered in this scenario.
July of last year Kerio launched a new Asterisk-based distribution and now almost exactly one year later Kerio Operator 2.0 is being announced with support for integration with popular CRM solutions, including SugarCRM and Salesforce.com. Kerio Operator 2.0 now enables access to the Asterisk Management Interface (AMI). the open API allows 3rd party applications, like customer relationship management (CRM) systems and desktop-based dialers, to be integrated with Kerio Operator. CRM integration means sales professionals can dial their customers directly within their CRM interface, and their calls are automatically logged within the system.
I spoke with James Gudeli, vice president of business development, Kerio Technologies about this news. James told me that just one year later they now have approximately 60,000 deployments of their 4 products (Kerio Connect, Kerio Control, Kerio Operator, Kerio Workspace). I asked whether the CRM integration was for outbound (click-to-dial) and inbound dialing (screenpop CRM record based on CallerID) and he said that although the technology to do screenpop is there and they are working on screenpop-type integration, currently they are launching outbound integration with CRM systems.
“As an IT solutions provider with quite a few clients and potential customers, I need to make a lot of phone calls each day,” said Walter Huff, owner, Huff Technologies, a Kerio Preferred Partner in Jacksonville, Florida. “Kerio Operator 2.0, with its CRM integration tools, really speeds up that process and helps me get in touch with more leads.”
Kerio Operator 2.0 is available as a software appliance, with its own security-hardened operating system for deployments on custom hardware. Additionally, it comes in two hardware appliance configurations for customers who prefer rapid deployment. Additional new features include:
- Call Parking – allows a user to put a call on hold at one telephone set and continue the conversation from any other telephone handset.
- Improved Extension Handling – If the same extension number is used on a desk phone and a smartphone, Kerio Operator can still provide each device with its own settings and they can be a members of ring group, call queues, or a call pickup room.
- Auto-provisioning – Automatic “plug-and-play” phone setup eliminates the hassle of configuring new phones to the network. Many popular phones are supported, including Cisco, Linksys, Polycom and Snom. They also just added support for Yealink phones.
They also added call recording and encrypted calls (TLS & SRTP).
The other interesting bit of news is the pricing has changed to be more competitive. In version v1.1, Kerio Operator 1.1 pricing started at $600 for a 5-user server license, where now in 2.0 it’s only $150. the Kerio Operator Box 1210 appliance with a 20-user license in v1.1 was priced at $2,000 USD where now in v2.0 it’s priced at $900. the Operator Box 3210 appliance with a 40-user license in v1.1 was priced at $3,000 USD and now in v2.0 it’s $1,400. They did however bump up the cost slightly for additional user licenses. In v1.1 it was $24 each and now in v2.0 it’s $30 each – $6 more.
Press Release Source: Research and Markets On Thursday September 1, 2011, 5:30 am EDT
DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Research and Markets (researchandmarkets.com/research/096599/germany_broadban) has announced the addition of the “Germany – Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts” report to their offering.
Germany has the second largest broadband market in Europe. The dominant DSL platform is led by Deutsche Telekom which has invested in ADSL2+ and VDSL upgrades serving many urban areas. The greatly consolidated cable sector has responded with extensive DOCSIS 3.0 based 120Mb/s services which DSL cannot match. faster broadband is creating demand for new bundled services while intense competition has seen prices fall dramatically. Lower charges for local loop unbundling imposed by the regulator should also help increase competition and lower prices further. this report profiles Germany’s fixed and wireless broadband markets in 2011, together with forecasts to 2020 and an analysis of developments with related technologies such as fibre-to-the-home, powerline broadband, wireless broadband, WiFi and internet via satellite. It also examines Deutsche Telekom’s Next Generation Network and the regulatory issues relating to competitor access to new networks.
- German NGA Forum adopts framework policy on the interoperability of broadband networks
- EC closes infringement case against German government for former legislation protecting DT in VDSL market
- KDG extends 100Mb/s DOCSIS 3.0 network to 6.9 million homes
- Kabel BW to complete 200 fibre projects by end-2011
- VATM market data for 2010
- Operator data for H1 2011.
Companies covered in this report include:
Key Topics Covered:
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
5. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
6. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Wireless broadband
8. Forecasts – broadband subscribers 2010-2012; 2020
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In light of a study showing most Americans are overconfident in their security after an emergency, OnlineAutoInsurance.com is recommending auto owners review their policies to see if they are covered for such incidents.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2011
More than half of American families have no emergency preparedness plan for surviving a natural disaster or terrorist attack, according to a survey released this week by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
The survey paints an alarming picture of what could happen in the event of a storm of greater destructiveness than Tropical Storm Irene, which struck the U.S. late last month. It also reveals a lack of readiness on the part of many Americans who could face medical emergencies or have to file damage claims on their cheap car insurance or homeowner policies in the wake of such an event.
The Insurance Information Institute (III) said Irene should have served as “a wake-up” call for millions of residents along the East Coast, and another hurricane may strike in the next few months.
“Those who take the time to prepare for a disaster are in the best position to survive a catastrophe and recover as quickly as possible,” Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president at III, said in a statement issued this week.
Irene swept across the East Coast late last month, killing more than 40 people and inflicting losses that could climb as high as $5 billion, the III has stated.
Irene started off as a hurricane—the first in a season that began in June and lasts through November. And the 2011 hurricane season is expected to be more active than usual, according to III.
Safety experts and insurance industry officials say proper preparation can be crucial to surviving—and minimizing losses from—natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises residents of hurricane-prone regions to expect to have to evacuate and to review and stick to emergency plans when disaster strikes.
While the percentage of families nationwide who lack preparedness plans has decreased from nearly two-thirds in 2003, 51 percent of families still lack a plan, according to the Columbia survey of 1,000 adult phone respondents. And 30 percent are missing key items such as flashlights, water and designated areas for relatives to meet up.
OnlineAutoInsurance.com advises residents to check their policies to see if they are protected by comprehensive coverage. This is the only type of car insurance that protects against weather-related damages, and it is not required by law in any state.
In places like North Carolina, for example, about 3 in 10 policies did not include comprehensive coverage in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available.
To learn more about this and other insurance issues, readers can go to http://www.onlineautoinsurance.com/cheap/ where they will find informative resource pages and a rate-comparison generator that can help users quickly evaluate their coverage options.
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The new Premium N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit WNDR3800 router from Netgear
Netgear announced today the availability of its top-of-the-line true dual-band router, the N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Premium Edition (model WNDR3800).
Introduced at CES 2011, the WNDR3800 is an upgrade to the company’s existing WNDR3700. Netgear says it’s the first home router to offer the Clear Channel Selector feature and also the first that’s capable of creating private cloud file sharing through Netgear’s new ReadyShare Cloud service.
Clear Channel Selector, which the company says is generally available only in expensive wireless routers for businesses, “automatically detects when the Wi-Fi channel currently in use becomes overcrowded and switches to another, less crowded channel.” this helps maintain good throughput speeds between the router and connected clients.
Netgear says the WNDR3800 is equipped with a powerful 680MHz processor, 16MB of flash storage, and 120MB of RAM so it can deliver fast network storage when coupled with an external hard drive via its USB port.
On top of that, the router offers other premium features such as the easy-to-use Netgear Genie software, Web-based Parental Control, DLNA streaming, and an Automatic Quality of Service feature. however, it seems that as a dual-band router the new WNDR3800 doesn’t offer the new 450Mbps speed on either of its bands, a new feature found in other high-end routers such as the Cisco Linksys E4200 and even the Netgear N750 WNDR4000. instead, the WNDR3800 is a standard true dual-band N router that offers 300Mbps Wi-Fi throughput speed on both bands.
The new Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Premium Edition (WNDR3800) router is now available at an estimated price of $180. if you want to use the ReadyShare Cloud service with your mobile device, there’s also an app for both iOS andAndroid that costs another $3.
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Every computer user can hopefully identify their mouse and the importance it plays in the daily operation of their computer. Mice are nothing new and for the most part are nothing overly complex, but the average user may not be familiar with all of the options and technologies that may go into these little devices. This Tech Tip will take a look at some of the features of mice that people may take for granted, or may otherwise be unaware of.
Mechanical mice – Mechanical mice were the first ones used on computers, and can still be found for sale, despite the advances of tracking technologies. these mice feature a hard ball on the underside that rolls as the mouse is moved, and rollers inside the mouse allow the physical motion to be translated to the pointer on the screen. some ball mice are a bit more advanced and replace the internal rollers with optical sensors, but the same principle applies.
Mechanical mice require occasional maintenance to keep the ball and rollers free of lint and other debris, and with numerous moving parts there is always a potential for problems. the use of a mouse pad is recommended for these mice as they not only provide a clean surface to work on, but also provide the needed resistance for the ball to roll smoothly.
The precision of mechanical mice is not particularly good, and although they may be fine for typical desktop work, they were never quite up to the task of detailed graphics work or serious game playing.
Optical mice – Optical mice replace the whole ball/roller assembly of mechanical mice with a beam of a light and an optical sensor. the beam of light shines down on the surface below the mouse and the sensor uses the light to track the movement. the images included with the listing for this optical mouse (geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HTM-39GWT&cat=MOU) provide a glimpse at the bottom of the mouse, where the light and sensor can be seen.
Optical mice have several advantages over mechanical mice. There are no moving parts to break or otherwise cause problems. the need for maintenance is greatly reduced as the bottoms have no openings or rollers to collect lint. Although mice generally aren’t heavy, the elimination of the ball and roller mechanism allows an optical mouse to be much lighter than a comparable mechanical mouse. the precision of optical mice is also much greater than mechanical mice, and the resolution can go from the low hundreds to the high hundreds (as measured in dpi, dots per inch).
Another advantage is that the need for a mouse pad may be eliminated with an optical mouse, as they do best while tracking on any smooth, flat surface. A clean desktop is generally good enough, but those looking to take the precision of optical mice to the highest level may opt for a performance mousing surface. There are several precision mousing surface manufacturers, such as XRay Pads (xraypad.com/) and FUNC Industries (func.net/), that design pads to appeal to game players and others who demand the best performance.
Laser mice – Laser technology is the latest and greatest in computer mice tracking, and takes the advantages of optical to a new level. most of the attributes of a laser mouse have been described in the optical mouse section, except for one. Instead of a fairly wide beam of light, it uses an extremely narrow beam of laser light.
The Logitech MX1000 laser mouse may be the mouse for you if you are looking for extreme precision. according to Logitech, the laser technology used in the MX1000 provides up to 20x more sensitivity to surface detail–or tracking power–than optical.
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Serial – Serial mice are fairly difficult to come by these days, as are the ports they need in order to operate. This technology is quite old and slow, and the popularity and convenience of USB has all but eliminated the need for this interface on your typical PC. but, there were mice that sported the 9-pin connection needed to connect to a serial port, and many PS2 mice used to include an adaptor for Serial ports.
PS2 – PS2 mice were the standard for a long time, as all motherboards provided two PS2 ports for connecting a keyboard and a mouse. USB technology has become so widely used that the slower and less convenient PS2 ports are on the verge of extinction with the Serial port. That said, not many mice are still sold that only support a PS2 connection, but there are still some available.
USB – most mice can now connect via USB, and include an adaptor to be used on a PS2 port, as well. It seems that just about any mouse now uses USB to connect, whether it is a wired mouse, or any variety of wireless mice that we are about to look at.
Wireless Connection Technologies
Radio Frequency – the most common type of wireless mouse uses radio frequencies to communicate motion to a receiver that is connected to the PC. This generic wireless mouse (geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=RF-M308-RC-USB&cat=MOU) operates on the 27MHz frequency and the mouse itself is powered by AAA batteries which are not included. As you move up the price scale of RF (Radio Frequency) wireless mice, the packages will generally include an integrated rechargeable battery, as does the Logitech MX1000 discussed previously. Other features of higher end RF wireless mice include extended range, greater precision, and a receiver that doubles as a battery charger.
Bluetooth – the Tech Tip on Bluetooth discussed the basics of this wireless technology, and how it was a good fit for ‘lower speed’ devices, like a mouse. Logitech and IOGear are two manufacturers offering products for Bluetooth users, in addition to more traditional mice. the Bluetooth mice are also battery powered, and use the 2.4GHz radio frequency to communicate with an included receiver/charger or other Bluetooth adaptor.
RFID – A truly unique approach to wireless mice has been developed by a company called A4Tech. the A4Tech ND-30 RFID wireless mouse must be used with the included mouse pad in order to function, but there are no batteries in the mouse, and no cords on the mouse to get in the way. It works by using electro magnetic induction between the pad (which is plugged into a USB port) and the wireless, non-powered mouse. you never have to worry about replacing / charging batteries, and the weight of the mouse is greatly reduced since the power features are no longer necessary.
Buttons – most mice (except for a Macintoch’s) include at least two buttons. the use of these is fairly well understood, but other buttons may be featured on a mouse to further simplify common tasks. the Logitech MX 510 mouse features a total of 8 buttons which can be programmed to execute functions of the user’s choosing.
Scroll wheels – many mice now include a scroll wheel between the two main buttons which serves to allow up/down scrolling of documents and web pages. the scroll wheel may also serves as a third button on some mice, and clicking the scroll wheel will activate commands in many applications. more advanced scroll wheels are found on some mice that allow for left to right scrolling, which may be useful on a wide spreadsheet or large image.
Extra features – many mice provide more than the basic functionality we have come to expect. some provide a reduced foot print in order to make them more portable for use with a notebook computer. some are designed for multi-tasking and provide an integrated flash memory card reader. Then, there are others that just look cool with a bit of a light show, or that actually keep you cool by including a small fan in the palm rest area.
On the surface, computer mice are fairly simple devices that may not receive the attention they deserve by end users. Selecting a high quality, ergonomically designed mouse can do wonders for productivity and comfort, and the options available should allow anyone to find the right mouse for their personal preferences.
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It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart
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Why Steve Jobs had such a profound influence on me—even though I didn’t grow up with any Apple products in the house.
In 1982, when I was nine years old, my parents bought me an Atari 800 personal computer. never mind that the Commodore 64 had more advanced graphics, or that the Apple II and Radio Shack TRS-80 were first. I didn’t care. I wanted the Atari. When I finally received one, I was convinced I had the best computer in the world. to this day, I bristle whenever someone brings up how great one of the other 8-bit computers of that era was. in my heart, I knew that the Atari 800 was superior.
Yeah. I was one of the first fanboys. How embarrassing.
Needless to say, that Atari computer made a tremendous impression on me. just as how today’s kids won’t ever know a world without the Web, cell phones, and hyper-realistic game graphics, I’ve never known a world without personal computers. I lived and breathed them.
But wait—it gets nerdier. by the time I was 11 years old, I was running a bulletin board service (BBS) from my Atari with a 300 baud modem and a dedicated phone line, out of my parents’ house in Brooklyn, NY. The BBS was called “The Wizard’s Chamber.” only one person could call it at a time. At its peak in 1985, I had about 500 users. I used to spend hours on it every day after school, chatting with whoever was online, trading software, and making sure the next morning that the BBS was still running and not locked up before I went to school. (My Atari 800 froze up a lot; it was frustrating.)
While running the BBS, I ended up meeting some great people in person. that includes two lifelong friends, one of which is Sascha Segan, PCMag’s lead mobile analyst. He called my BBS for the first time on New Year’s Day, January 1, 1985, with his own Atari 800 computer. The other is my good friend David, who first called in with an Apple II clone, and later went on to successful stints at Microsoft, VMware, and now virtual storage startup Tintri. we were all sucked in right from the beginning.
Fast forward to today. over the next few days, thanks to Steve Jobs’ resignation from Apple, much will be written about the iPod, iPad, iPhone, and other recent developments that have essentially upended or redefined the tech industry. Today, the story is the Internet, consumer electronics, and the post-PC era. It’s about social networking, digital music, smartphones, tablets, and the steady move to digital books and streaming movies. tiny cell phones do things now as a matter of course that we could barely imagine in science fiction stories three decades ago.
But as former Infoworld columnist Robert X. Cringely wrote in his excellent book Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and still Can’t get a Date, the personal computer industry unfolded not as some well-thought out plan by forward-looking, methodical business people, but entirely thanks to the sometimes accidental and unintended actions of a few brilliant-but-eccentric figures. Steve Jobs was one of them. along with his buddy Steve Wozniak, competitor Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, and a few others, Jobs helped launch the tech industry as we know it.
It turns out that my beloved Atari 800, like so many products of that era, was really just another me-too response to the Apple II. Atari originally designed the 800 to be the successor to its Atari 2600 game console. But after seeing Apple’s early success, Atari switched gears and began adding computer-like features to the design, such as support for peripherals, BASIC programming, and text modes. I think about this today whenever I’m reviewing a smartphone that’s particularly iPhone-like.
Tech nuts like me were totally entranced with the burgeoning computer industry. Grownups focused on its business potential, but as a kid, I was all about the games, BASIC programming, and calling other BBSes. during the 8-bit computer era, I loved getting lost in a sea of Antic and Analog magazines; the hundreds of games appearing on cartridge, cassette, and 5.25-inch floppy disk; the BASIC program printouts; the user group meet-ups; and the wide-open worlds of experimentation that lay before all of us.
I will never forget the wonder I experienced when playing Star Raiders, an 8K cartridge, on the Atari 800. Today, eight kilobytes is less than the header data in a blank Microsoft Word document. Games like Choplifter, Lode Runner, and early RPGs like Ultima, Rogue, and Wizardry defined my childhood. Many people look at screenshots from vintage computer emulators and see ugly games with big, blocky pixels. I look at them and see entire worlds opening up before my eyes, worlds that didn’t exist with the computer turned off, but ones that I obsessed over, and that remained in my head when I went to sleep at night.
I didn’t discover the Internet until 1987. Once I did, I learned my way around news readers and better mail programs. Slightly after that, as a high school student, I bought my first issue of PC Magazine, never imagining in a million years that I’d end up working here two decades later.
I agree with those who think Apple will continue to function just fine without Jobs at helm. hopefully, he will remain healthy enough to have influence as chairman of the board for a long time to come. Apple’s product line is already set for several years, and the rest of the company has Jobs’ vision coursing through their veins at this point. But even 30 years ago, the personal computer revolution was already a foregone conclusion. a significant portion of the credit for that goes right to Steve Jobs.
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