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Registering Cisco IP-Phones to Lync 2013 Enterprise Voice RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    We already have Lync 2013 setup for IM,presence, and Conferencing.

    We are willing to extend the Lync functionality to cover the firm Enterprise Voice (VoIP).

    We already have Cisco IP-Phones like ( 7911,6921).

    How can we protect our investment in these IP-Desk phones and let them auto-Register with the Lync2013-Enterprise Voice server role WITHOU the need for a Cisco Unified Call Manager ?

    thanks,

    Monday, August 18, 2014 6:54 AM

Answers

  • hello all,

    regarding the above opened thread. I was able to register the Cisco 79xx/69xx phones to Kinnex Media Gateway and login using my Lync credentials. The phones should be converted from SCCP to SIP firmware and then be registered to the Kinnex Media Gateway server. The Kinnex Media Gateway then communicates with Lync front end pools.

    more details: http://www.kinnex.net

    • Marked as answer by Pedros- Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:53 AM
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:53 AM

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  • Cisco IP phones won't register directly with Lync 2013. Take a look at Audiocodes SPS product: 

    http://www.audiocodes.com/products/sip-phone-support  Sonus had SmartSIP but I think it's EOL.


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    • Marked as answer by Eason HuangModerator Monday, September 1, 2014 5:32 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Pedros- Monday, September 1, 2014 11:21 AM
    Monday, August 18, 2014 2:39 PM
  • I've also heard of Kinnex, but haven't tried it: http://www.kinnex.net/

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    Monday, August 18, 2014 10:02 PM
  • hello michael,

    you are right that Cisco IP Phones will not register directly to Lync 2013 and we need a kind of gateway/SBC to allow this to happen.

    the main question here:

    is that a well known practically working solution that can protect our investment and allow our Cisco IP Phones to register directly with Lync Enterprise Voice ?

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:42 AM
  • hello anthony,

    thanks for your reply,

    i would be more than happy if we can have a trial version of such a software-based SBC/gateway.

    will have a look as Kinnex and let you know

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:43 AM
  • From the download link: "Kinnex Media Gateway trial version has full functionality, has no time limit, and is completely free. Up to five users can connect to the Lync Server in the trial version."

    Which sounds cool.  Again, I've never used it but it seems to be reasonably priced vs. other products too.  I should probably get it up in a lab.


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    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:06 PM
  • From the download link: "Kinnex Media Gateway trial version has full functionality, has no time limit, and is completely free. Up to five users can connect to the Lync Server in the trial version."

    Which sounds cool.  Again, I've never used it but it seems to be reasonably priced vs. other products too.  I should probably get it up in a lab.


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    unfortunately, Kinnex current version doesnt support Cisco Phone 79xx,69xx.

    the next version those models will be supported by Kinnex Media Gateway.

    Release of new version 3.8 is planned to the end of August - beginning of September.

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:10 AM
  • That's unfortunate, hopefully they'll rush on that. 

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    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 2:06 PM
  • hello all,

    regarding the above opened thread. I was able to register the Cisco 79xx/69xx phones to Kinnex Media Gateway and login using my Lync credentials. The phones should be converted from SCCP to SIP firmware and then be registered to the Kinnex Media Gateway server. The Kinnex Media Gateway then communicates with Lync front end pools.

    more details: http://www.kinnex.net

    • Marked as answer by Pedros- Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:53 AM
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:53 AM
  • Thanks Pedros, 

    Did you end up deploying that in a large environment? I'm looking to transition to Lync/Skype for Business Enterprise Voice, and I'd like a long-term solution to use my Cisco IP phones to connect to Lync. Unfortunately, the Polycom phones just aren't that great and also I have a huge investment in Cisco IP Phonesets.  

    I'm curious how that Kinnex solution is working for you, and how far down the line you've made it with any significant volume of Cisco handsets registering to Lync through that gateway. 

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris

    Friday, March 20, 2015 8:45 AM
  • hello chris,

    unfortunately, the Kinnex Media gateway didnt work the way we wanted it to be.

    we wanted to register all our 1000+ Cisco IP Deskphones to Lync thru this software-based media gateway. but we faced many issues:

    • cisco phones unregistering suddenly
    • unplanned voice quality degradation
    • we didnt try the software on a large scale, only 5 cisco phones were converted from SCCP to SIP firmware.

    we have the same case as yours. we wanted to go UC allt he way including Voice with Lync. but as you said, Lync hardware phones are limited in models: only 3 Lync-optimized Polycom/HP phones: HP4120 , Polycom CX600,..

    I dont know why Microsoft is not investing in providing a variety of desk phone models.

    Monday, March 23, 2015 9:05 AM
  • There are a few Lync optimized phones, but I wouldn't limit myself to those by any stretch, check out the Lync qualified phones, you can get some at great prices such as the AudioCodes HD420 and Polycom VVX300.  The one I use the most these days is a VVX500. Snom makes some great ones too.

    Microsoft is leaving it to the vendors to provide a variety of desk phone models and there are TONS. 


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    Monday, March 23, 2015 8:07 PM
  • Hello Pedros, 

    I came across this thread and i'm in the exact same situation of wanting to register Cisco SIP 88xx's on Skype for Business 2015 to protect the organization's existing investment. 

    Just wanted to know if you managed to get this working. We do have an SBC and I was thinking that we could probably try and use it in Access mode where the Cisco SIP phones send registration request towards the SBC which forwards the request to SKype. Any recommendations ? suggestions ? , that could make this easier for us.

    Appreciate your inputs, and everybody else's too on this forum.

    Best,

    Sushant

    Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:40 PM
  • Hello Pedros, 

    I came across this thread and i'm in the exact same situation of wanting to register Cisco SIP 88xx's on Skype for Business 2015 to protect the organization's existing investment. 

    Just wanted to know if you managed to get this working. We do have an SBC and I was thinking that we could probably try and use it in Access mode where the Cisco SIP phones send registration request towards the SBC which forwards the request to SKype. Any recommendations ? suggestions ? , that could make this easier for us.

    Appreciate your inputs, and everybody else's too on this forum.

    Best,

    Sushant

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