Audiocodes Review

By Business.com Editorial StaffLast Modified: January 5, 2018

The AudioCodes Mediant 1000B M1KB is a hybrid media gateway for connecting legacy analog and PBX phone systems to IP networks. Therefore, the M1KB can power IP PBX platforms for branch offices of midsize and large businesses.

AudioCodes also refers to the system as an SBA or Survivable Branch Appliance. It can serve up to 1,000 branch employees and support up to 192 PSTN channels.

This telephony appliance comes in two variants: a basic model that supports third-party software and a high-performance model with an Intel Core i7 processor and provisions for advanced enterprise communications applications. It has a 1U chassis size. It is rack-mountable and modular and is, therefore, scalable for rapidly growing organizations. Each M1KB module provides an additional four FXO and FXS ports for analog POTS and PSTN phone lines, as well as four BRI ports for ISDN channels. The Mediant 1000B supports up to 24 FXO and FXS ports and a maximum of 20 BRI ports. It also supports up to eight T1 lines for carrying both voice and data in an IP PBX network.

With its Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, this PBX phone service system can easily serve as a VoIP gateway between the headquarters and branches of an organization. It runs on the Microsoft Lync Unified Communications platform. Therefore, the PBX system deployed with the M1KB has continued access to Lync services as well as call capabilities even when your company's wireless Internet network goes down. Overall, the M1KB connects a company's IP network to outside public lines, hosts an internal PBX network, and integrates all the SIP phones, analog phones, smartphones and Lync terminals on your company's intranet.

In addition to persistent Lync connectivity, the Mediant 1000B provides special Lync features such as call forking, active directory look-up and emergency location identification numbers. Even though this multifunctional telephony system works well with Microsoft Lync, it runs on Open Solution Network server platform. Therefore, AudioCodes' partners and resellers can use it for IP PBX, call centers, conferencing and interactive voice response applications. The M1KB offers a lot of features as well as analog and digital phone ports, but it works best for organizations running Microsoft Lync on their servers.

The AudioCodes Mediant 1000B M1KB is a fully modular and highly flexible all-purpose telephony solution for organizations of all sizes, particularly midsize or larger. Its robust PBX features can keep your branches connected to the head offices at all times. However, the M1KB not that efficient a PBX solution for small businesses and any organization not running Microsoft Lync.

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