The Cisco Desktop Experience line of endpoints began with the DX650. Two additional endpoints have subsequently been added to the line: DX70 and DX80. Only the DX650 is covered at this time.


The DX650 is an Android OS (Jellybean)-based collaboration endpoint with a 7–inch, backlit, widescreen Super Video Graphics Array (WSVGA) capacitive touchscreen LCD with 1024x600 pixel resolution. The display can tilt between 5 degrees forward to 25 degrees backward to allow for the optimal viewing angle.


An integrated 1080p capable camera, with privacy shutter, is also included. The camera has a 75-degree vertical / 67.4-degree horizontal field of view. It supports HD voice and video communications, as well as an extensive list of applications.


This includes Cisco applications, such as Jabber IM and Presence, WebEx Meetings, and more, in addition to applications available on the Google Play Store, such as Pandora, Netflix, and yes, Angry Birds.


Access to these applications can be tightly controlled via the CUCM administration web application. The figure below shows the Cisco DX650.



First and foremost, the DX650 is a SIP-based collaboration endpoint. It has a visual telephony and messaging interface, favorites list right on the desktop, and the ability to perform directory searches. It supports both numeric and URI dialing features.


HD video support includes H.264 and advanced video coding (AVC) up to 1080p30. The DX650 can be used in both wired and wireless environments. It includes a 10/100/1000 integrated switch for wired connections. For wireless connections, it has an 802.11a/b/g/n capable radio built in.


Bluetooth support is also built in to this device. The functionality is not simply for headset use, although it works very well with a variety of available models. An additional feature known as Intelligent Proximity for Mobile Voice allows a paired smartphone to make use of the superior audio capabilities of the DX650 for calls to and from that phone. Contacts and call histories can be synchronized into the DX650 as well to provide a more seamless experience.


The use of external displays is encouraged with the DX650. It has an HDMI port and a display port for external display connectivity. In addition, it has two standard USB (type A) ports for keyboard/mouse/flash drive, and so on connectivity and one micro-USB port.


The DX650 is PoE capable and is a Class 3 device with 802.3af power or class 4 device with 802.3at power. The difference really comes down to what types of devices need to be powered by the USB ports. If higher-power devices are connected, the DX650 must pull more power from the switch.


The DX650 comes with the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client embedded; however, it is also compatible with the Cisco mobile and remote-access (a.k.a. collaboration edge) architecture for VPN-less connectivity. Obviously, this access requires a CUCM version capable of supporting that architecture (9.x and later). Otherwise, the DX650 is supported in CUCM 7.1(5) and later.





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