Hosted Doorbell Over IP – Integration to a VoIP & SIP Telephone System
What is a VoIP Doorbell and what is a hosted VoIP Doorbell ? We hear you say. What is the market for VoIP doorbells ? How does the integration with a hosted IP Telephone System work. In this blog page we are going to cover these points. We are also going to throw in some images of the software. This will give you tips on installation and additional door entry features you can use.
Doorbells, do people search for VoIP doorbells ? Well take a look on google and there is a huge amount of searched keywords. Searched keywords equals an interest. Some of the best examples are based on IP, Voip and SIP doorbell systems. There is also a large search on asterisk based doorbells and doorbells over IP. This research proves there is certainly a significant number of end users looking for this device.
Doorbell or Intercom, IP or VoIP – What’s what ?
Well first of all lets go back in time a little. We all know what a doorbell is, right ? I dont think we need to explain that one. How its linked to a intercom is quite simple. A traditional doorbell would be pressed, the homeowner would be notified.
This is similar to an intercom, the visitor presses the call button and the end users is notified. Looking at an IP doorbell. This set up would feature an intercom that is running over cat5e. It is using the Internet Protocol for its mode of operation. A VoIP based doorbell uses the IP network for its connectivity. It uses Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as its architecture.
The great things about VoIP is, it adds even more flexibility to an installation that already requires limited parts. Lets go over that in a little more details. The device we would use as a VoIP and SIP based IP doorbell is the CyberData Call Button VoIP Intercom. Its made from a strong stainless steel. Its also IP65 rated, offering protection against wind and rain. An optional weather shroud can also be purchased for even greater protection.
A typical installation would be as follows. The first thing you need is a network point. As the doorbell is usually required at home, we tend to have an internet connection. For example, a router that we plug all our home IP devices into. More than likely your home router will not offer POE out. As the VoIP doorbell is POE (Power Over Ethernet) enabled, its best to make use of this. Just purchase a 1 port POE injector and plug it into your home router.
Then run a cat5e networking cable from the POE switch (also known as a injector/midspan) into the doorbell/intercom. You have now successfully installed the device onto your home network.Being IP based you are going to need a Ethernet cable to connect it. Why look for a separate power supply ? If you are new to POE, take a look at this informative write up on POE by Axis Communications.
Then we need to configure the doorbell station to call a mobile phone. How do we do that ? First of all we recommend using a hosted VoIP provider. One we would recommend is NTA. They offer a easy to use and cost effective cloud based Voice Over Internet Protocol platform. The system is feature rich and from the comfort of your own home, you can log in and configure the settings. When you add hosted VoIP to your doorbell over IP installation, you add even more flexibility. A single line package would do the trick. Cost to you, around £5.00 a month. NTA is a trusted partner we work with. However, you may want to search for your own hosted Voip provider. Some are even cheaper, £2.99 a month.
Once you have your hosted voip account, you will have your own log in credentials. Using your computer and Internet connection, you can log in to your VoIP control panel. Here you can form hunt groups and add and change phone numbers. First lets go back to the configuration of the VoIP doorbell to your hosted platform.
From your home computer, PC, MAC or Laptop, type in the IP address of your IP doorbell. When you first connect the doorbell to your network, it will announce its IP address for you. We have made a cool little video that shows you how to do this. See the installation page here. When you have logged into the VoIP based doorbells settings, you need to register the device with your hosted sip server. This is all very straight forward to do. In fact, lets put a quick video together to show you how.
Also on the video (below) we will show you how to divert the call to a mobile phone and even form hunt groups. We will also show you how to set a relay code. The pre set DTMF string is used for remote opening of doors. We will cover that in more details after these 2 videos.
VoIP Doorbell Config Settings
NTA: Hosted VoIP Platform Settings
You will see in the settings above a DTMF relay configuration section. Here you can set your DTMF code. The doorbell features an integrated relay, this is DTMF activated. When you answer the call on your mobile, if you wanted to grant access and open the door, you press a pre set DTMF string. If you are new to DTMF and want to learn more, check this link out.
The on-board relay triggers the door (if required). You would pair the call button to a mobile phone. from your VoIP platform you could control the destination of the call and also from hunt groups.