Snom’s German-engineered VoIP phones
Snom takes the term “German engineered” to heart. The phones are high quality VoIP endpoints designed with an incredible range of features and interoperability with SIP-based phone systems. Not only are they reliable and dependable, they are built with leading IP PBX and VoIP service providers in mind to ensure flawless operation.
Snom builds both desk phones and wireless phones. Whether you require a VoIP solution for your desk or while you’re roaming the workplace, Snom manufacturers phones for a variety of environments. Snom desk phones and wireless phones are innovative, customizable solutions for taking control of your VoIP telephony.
Five quick reasons to choose Snom phones
- High-end features like HD voice and gigabit Ethernet
- Programmable features like busy lamp fields
- Expansion modules and USB ports
- Complete reliability, quality and efficiency
- Affordable VoIP solutions for all business types
Snom desk phones by series and product lines
Snom breaks their phones into different product lines, including the “Efficient Line,” “Advanced Line,” Microsoft Lync-optimized phones and the D7 series.
The Efficient line includes the Snom 300 and 320 phones, both of which are incredibly affordable with a standard set of features. The Advanced Line includes the Snom 710, 720 and 760 phones; with features like wideband HD audio and well-designed user interfaces, providing an attractive and cutting-edge solution to VoIP.
Microsoft Lync (now Skype for Business) is a popular unified communications platform that businesses deploy to combine all of their messaging, voice and connectivity services into one coherent system. The Snom HP 4110 and 4120 phones have Lync software preinstalled so they work seamlessly with your Lync environment and applications.
Two of the latest additions to Snom’s product offerings are the Snom D715 phone and Snom D25 phone. The phones have better chipsets than their predecessors, with more powerful processors and higher capacity memories. The result is a more efficient experience, designed to keep up with today’s demanding environments.
It all began with the Snom 100
Snom was founded in 1996. The turn of the century saw the introduction of the award-winning Snom 100, recipient of the CeBIT, Germany’s “Best of Show” award. Snom eventually entered the US market, resulting in more accolades for the Snom 100 and the later Snom 200, like the Editor’s Choice Award from Internet Telephony Magazine.
The awards continued to pile up for Snom after that. A fast-growing, highly competitive product line spurred Snom’s dominating position in the VoIP phone market. In 2011, they received the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award in recognition of their fast-paced success and growth.
Snom VoIP phones for every position
Today, Snom builds VoIP phones for every job position, from executives and receptionists, to call center agents and cubicle workers. Choosing the best phone for your position means understanding what the features of the phone are and why they’ll benefit you.
How important are line appearances?
A line appearance determines how many calls and extensions your phone can view at once. Fields and programmable keys on the phones can let you see when another extension connected to your phone system is busy. You can also see incoming calls, whether calls are on hold or otherwise manage your business’ telephony. Connecting incoming calls to extensions is also more efficient, enabling you to see if the desired party is currently in a call, busy or available.
For executives and receptionists, more line appearances give these workers more flexibility and the ability to more effectively manage calls. Employees that infrequently use their phones, like cubicles workers, or that only have to manage a few calls at once, may not require a phone like the Snom D725, Snom 720 or Snom 320 that have 12 line appearances.
What’s gigabit Ethernet?
Snom VoIP phones connect to your network through a switch port. The port connects to an available network switch through an Ethernet cable. Snom phones support Ethernet speeds of either 10/100Mbps or 10/100/1000Mbps. The latter speed is commonly referred to as “gigabit Ethernet.”
A faster Ethernet speed is important if you are daisy chaining your computer through the phone. Snom phones with dual switch ports let you connect the computer to the phone, and then connect the phone to the network, so only one Ethernet cable is required for both devices. Media-heavy applications like telephony and video will run more smoothly through faster connections.
Using the Snom D7 expansion module
Snom’s expandable desk phones are compatible with the Snom D7 expansion module. The phones compatible with this module are as follows:
- Snom 715
- Snom D715
- Snom 720
- Snom D725
- Snom 760
- Snom D765
Up to three expansion modules can be daisy chained to these phones. The first expansion module connects to the phone’s USB port, the second to the first module’s USB port, and so on to the third. The third and final expansion module’s USB port can be used to support other USB devices. Sharing a single connection to the phone means that these modules are “daisy chaining.”
When two or three expansion modules are connected, an additional AC power supply may be required. The first module is powered by the phone’s USB port.
The Snom D7 expansion module has a graphic display and 18 programmable keys. The keys can be customized to perform functions like presence indication, busy lamp fields and speed dialing. The graphic display provides paperless labeling of the keys’ functions (other expansion modules or keys on the phone may require a paper insert for labeling).
A multi-color LED light next to each key can provide instant information about, for example, extensions, by showing if extensions on your phone system are available or busy.
More uses for the USB port
Snom phones with a USB port can do more than support the D7 expansion module. They might also support a USB headset or USB dongle for WiFi. Check the phone’s features to ensure that it can support an expansion module, USB headset or WiFi dongle.
USB headsets are commonly used with PCs and computer. If you want to use it with your desk phone, the USB port enables you to do so! No more having to buy a separate headset for your phone or purchase an adapter.
WiFi connectivity is perfect when there is no wired network connection available to the Snom phone. Running a single Ethernet cable to a remote location might not be cost-effective or feasible, and having a wireless connection can quickly solve that problem.
Choosing a Snom phone?
Snom phones feature everything that the modern worker wants out of his or her telephony device. The German-engineered design and construction is also a plus, and gives you plenty of reason to brag. Snom proves that a VoIP phone can be more than just that.