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Friday, August 16, 2019

Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC Educational Scheduled Pre-Recorded Broadcast using Grandstream PABX

In this guide we will show you how to create a scheduled pre-recorded broadcast using Grandstream UCM62XX PABX and Ubiquiti UAP Educational Access Point/Speakers.
We use this function to notify staff of the end of the day. We have customers who are using this same application for things like school bells to notify breaks, lunch etc.

Once you have created extensions for each of your UAP-AC-EDU's and your EDU extension groups (see guide below):
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/ubiquiti-uap-educational-registered-as.html

Go to the PBX and upload or create a .wav audio file by going to "PBX Settings" > "Voice Prompt" > "Custom prompt".
In here you can either record a new custom prompt by selecting the "Record New Custom Prompt" > create a "File name", then select a "Format" and select the Extension of the phone you would like to record the custom prompt on. Or upload a pre-recorded custom prompt by selecting "Upload Custom Prompt' and choose a audio file from your files.
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Now you have your .wav file ready, go to "Value-added Features" > "Wakeup Service" > "+ Create New Wakeup Service"
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Enable the Wakeup Service. Create a "Name". Select one of the wave files in the "Prompt" section.
Now either select a date and time you would like the Prompt/.wav to play or select "Custom Date:" and then select the days and the time you would like the prompt to play.
Select all of the extensions/extension groups under "Members", that you would like to be part of the scheduled.
Select "Save" and "Apply".
You now have a scheduled broadcast on the day and time specified!

Also have a look at this related blog:
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/grandstream-pabx-and-ip-phones.html

Grandstream PABX and IP phones - Paging/Intercom and UAP-AC-EDU

In this blog we explain how to create a speed dial audio file broadcast with Grandstream UCM62XX PABX, Grandstream GXP2160 IP phone and Ubiquiti UAP Educational Access Point/Speakers.
This function is great for notifying everyone in range of the Ubiquiti UAP Educational Access Point/Speakers of an emergency or something along those lines.
There are multiple schools who are using a installation with the above equipment for emergency announcements.
You will need to configure your UCM PABX and Unifi AP's with a base setup (please see the links below if you would like help setting either of these up):
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/ubiquiti-uap-educational-registered-as.html

Firstly you will need to login to the PBX and upload or create a .wav file by going to "PBX Settings" > "Voice Prompt" > "Custom prompt".
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In here you can either record a new custom prompt by selecting the "Record New Custom Prompt" > create a "File name", then select a "Format" and select the Extension of the phone you would like to record the custom prompt on. Or upload a pre-recorded custom prompt by selecting "Upload Custom Prompt' and choose a audio file from your files.
Now that you have the audio prompt you would like to use, go to the "Value-added Features" > "Announcement Center" in the UCM.
Click "+ Add Announcement Center", give it a unique "Name", "Code", select the "Custom Prompt" you created, change "Auto Answer" to yes and now click "Save".
Now select "+ Add Group" give it a unique "Name" and "Number". Then select all of the extensions you would like to be part of the announcement group and select "Save".

If you dial the code created in "+ Add Announcement Center" combined with the number created in "+ Add Group" the custom audio prompt should play through all the UAP-AC-EDU extensions that were added in "+ Add Group".
Now you can setup the announcement as a hotkey on a Grandstream phone.
Login into the phone you would like to configure.
In the GXP2160 I am using for this configuration, select "Settings" > "Programmable Keys" > "Physical Multi-Purpose Keys".
Select the hotkey you would like to use and the mode. BLF should do the trick.

A similar result can be configured in the Paging/Intercom section, however it will require the phone dialing the announcement extension to terminate the call.
Whereas this is done automatically in the "Announcement Center" once the "Custom Prompt has finished playing.

Also have a look at this related blog:
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/ubiquiti-unifi-ap-ac-educational.html

Ubiquiti UAP Educational Registered as an Extension in a Grandstream PABX

In this guide we are going to walk through setting up a Ubiquiti UAP Educational Access Point/Speaker, registered as an Extension in a Grandstream UCM62XX PABX.
You will need to configure your Grandstream UCM PABX and Ubiquiti Unifi AP's with a base setup before you can follow this guide.

Login to your UCM and go to "Extension / Trunk" > "Extensions" > "+ Add" and add a new extension (you can specify the extension number if you like).
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Copy and paste the "SIP/IAX Password:" or set your own and now open up the UniFi software.
In the UniFi software go to "Settings" > "Services" > "SIP" > "Configuration" and make sure that "Enable EDU SIP Client" is on and the "SIP Server" has the domain name or IP address of the UCM62XX.
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Now head to "Endpoints" > "CREATE NEW ENDPOINT".
"Device" - Select the Unifi AP AC Educational you would like to configure.
"Extension/Username" - This should be the extension number you created in the PBX
"Auth User" - Blank unless you have set this in the PBX
"Password" - The SIP/IAX Password you copied or created from the new extension in the PBX
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Select "SAVE", go back to the extension you created in the PBX, the status should show a green "Idle" symbol.
You should now be able to dial the new extension from an IP phone and make announcements through the speakers.

Also have a look at these related blogs:
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/ubiquiti-unifi-ap-ac-educational.html
http://blog.gowifi.co.nz/2019/08/grandstream-pabx-and-ip-phones.html


Monday, July 8, 2019

#dontwasteourspectrum


At the recent WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) conference there was some debate over the new 5G technology and how it will fit in with what the Wireless ISPs or WISPs offer.

At the moment the mobile operators are well into their advertising campaigns on what 5G is and how it will improve our lives with things like connected robots, driverless cars, remote surgery, medical training with virtual reality and virtual retail outlets, to mention only a few.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

How to upgrade firmware on a Ubiquiti UniFi access point using SSH


How to upgrade firmware on a Ubiquiti UniFi access point using SSH

1 - Download PuTTY from https://www.putty.org/
2 - Log into your Unifi controller and navigate to Site by clicking on the Settings gear wheel on the bottom left of the controller screen.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Cost Effective Analog Phone System Upgrade for Hotels

There are a lot of hotels looking to upgrade their legacy phone system as we move toward Voice over IP. Here are some reasons why you might be considering upgrading:
  1. Expensive analog phone line charges (especially for international calls and cell phones)
  2. Fibre internet upgrades that are forcing you to move off the legacy analog system
  3. Limited flexibility of your current system
When pairing the Grandstream UCM6200 Series IP/PBX and GXW42xx Series Analog Gateways, you can provide a cost-effective, powerful and easy to manage system with no ongoing licensing fees.

Here is an example of how you can upgrade your existing analog system to VoIP without replacing the analog phones in each room saving you on hardware, deployment and configuration costs.


Monday, June 25, 2018

4 Basic Steps to Improve your Home Network and Wireless Security


With the advent of the VPNFilter malware, now is as good a time as any to re-evaluate our home networks and what security measures we have in place to stop nefarious actors from breaking in and wrecking shop.



Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions for Cambium Networks



So you've heard Cambium Networks is top in its class whether it was suggested by a friend or during an online search of your options. Cambium is indeed an enterprise solution and their cnPilot Wi-Fi range is ideal for hospitality, schools, medical, retail and general public Wi-Fi. Let's answer those vital questions to help you in your quest for better Wi-Fi with these top 5 frequently asked questions:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7 Reasons why you should attend the MikroTik User Meeting (MUM)




So you are a MikroTik user already or you want to become one, and the MikroTik User Meeting otherwise known as MUM, sounds like it's worth going to, and it is. Here are 7 great reasons you should consider attending the MUM. Have a read, share or even print them out and convince your boss to come along.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mikrotik Site-to-Site IPsec VPN


In this blog, we will look at how to establish a Site-to-Site VPN between two Mikrotik routers


Prerequisites: Each router can ping each their respective neighbour on their public-facing IP address (or have a route to reach it)