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CISCO DX650

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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CISCO EX90

The EX90 is really the big brother to the EX60. In both form and function, it is quite evident that they share a common ancestry. Like the EX60, the EX90 includes an integrated 10/100/1000 switch to facilitate both network and workstation connectivity via a single network drop.

 

It has a 24-inch HD display capable of 1920x1200 resolution and 5-ms response time, and provides a 160-degree viewing angle. As a video communications endpoint, it supports resolutions of 1080p30 and 720p60.

 

The tilt of the unit can be adjusted within the range of 5 to 15 degrees from vertical. The accompanying TelePresence Touch 8 pad allows for simple, intuitive operation of the endpoint. In addition to the integrated microphone and dual front speakers, the EX90 also has a built-in subwoofer for higher sound quality.

 

It also includes a handset for times when private audio communication is desired. The use of an external headset and microphone is also supported via the dual USB ports or 3.5-mm jacks built in to the unit.

 

The EX90 includes a TelePresence PrecisionHD camera that can be used as a document camera by moving it to point straight down. When it detects that it is being moved into vertical position, it flips the picture so that both parties see the document right-side up. The camera also has a privacy shutter built in to the bezel.

 

Unlike the EX60, the EX90 has an optical, motorized zoom feature. The camera has a 1/3-inch 2.1-megapixel sensor, allowing a 45- to 65-degree horizontal / 40- to 27-degree vertical field of view, depending on the zoom factor.

 

Another key difference between the EX60 and EX90 is support for a feature known as multisite. EX60 does not support it, whereas EX90 does. This feature is enabled through the addition of an option key in the TC code. Like the EX60, beginning with CUCM 8.6, the EX90 can be registered as a SIP endpoint. As mentioned, while the endpoint can be used with either VCS or CUCM, future development efforts will be primarily focused on CUCM-related functionality.

 

The figure below shows the Cisco TelePresence EX90 used in an education setting.

 

 

 

Regardless of deployment model, the EX90 supports H.261, H.263, H.263+, and H.264 video standards. As with its counterpart, it can serve as a nicely sized second monitor for a DVI-I or HDMI attached workstation or laptop. Through this connection, content can be shared into the video stream at 1080p. The EX90 also has additional capabilities including HDMI in, HDMI out (dual display option), as well as audio in/audio out (3.5-mm jack on rear panel).

 

The EX90 is supported with Cisco TelePresence software version TC3.1 and later or TE6.0.

 

 

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CISCO COLLABORATION DESKTOP ENDPOINTS

Cisco has made significant changes in the realm of collaboration by advancing innovation and reducing cost of deployment. The overarching goal is to provide a rich communication experience to users at all levels on all devices, regardless of their manufacturer or operating system.

 

These first steps on this path commenced through the formation of a partnership with, followed soon thereafter by the acquisition of, TANDBERG. The TANDBERG acquisition brought with it extensive video infrastructure, endpoints, and technologies.

 

CISCO EX60

The EX60 is meant to be an all-in-one collaboration device by enabling a personalized face-to-face communication and content-sharing experience. Although it is primarily a video endpoint, it can be used for audio-only calls as well.

 

It supports numeric, IP address, and SIP Universal Resource Identifier (URI) dialing functions. It does include an integrated 10/100/1000 switch to facilitate both network and workstation connectivity via a single network drop.

 

Its 21.5-inch HD display is capable of 1920x1080 resolution and 5-ms response time and provides a 170-degree viewing angle. As a video communications endpoint, it supports resolutions of 1080p30 and 720p60.

 

The tilt of the unit can be adjusted within the range of 5 to 15 degrees from vertical. The accompanying TelePresence Touch 8 pad allows for simple, intuitive operation of the endpoint.

 

In the spirit of providing a face-to-face communication experience, the unit includes an integrated microphone along with two speakers built in to the front of the display panel. It also includes a handset for times when private audio communication is desired. The use of an external headset and microphone is also supported via 3.5-mm jacks built in to the unit.

 

The EX60 includes a TelePresence PrecisionHD camera that can be used as a document camera by moving it to point straight down. When it detects that it is being moved into vertical position, it flips the picture so that both parties see the document right-side up.

 

The camera also has a privacy shutter built in to the bezel. This allows the local user to control whether the far end can see him/her. It is the video equivalent of an Audio Mute button. The camera has a 1/3-inch 2.1-megapixel sensor, allowing a 50-degree horizontal / 29-degree vertical field of view.

 

Beginning with Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.6, the EX60 can be registered as a SIP endpoint in a similar fashion to any other Cisco IP Phone. This was a crucial step in merging the legacy TANDBERG Video Communications Server (VCS) architecture with the vision and future of a single Cisco collaboration call control foundation.

 

Although the endpoint can be used with either VCS or CUCM, future development efforts will be primarily focused on CUCM-related functionality.

 

The figure below shows the Cisco TelePresence EX60.

 

 

Regardless of deployment model, the EX60 supports H.261, H.263, H.263+, and H.264 video standards. When it is not filling its role as a video endpoint, it can serve as a nicely sized second monitor for a single DVI-I attached workstation or laptop. Through this connection, content can be shared into the video stream at 720p. The EX60 is supported with Cisco TelePresence Version TC4.0 and later or TE6.0.

 

 

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CISCO 9971 IP PHONE

The 9971’s 5.6-inch, 24-bit, 640x480-pixel TFT display is backlit and has an antiglare finish and an adjustable viewing angle. Unlike the display of the 9951, the 9971 display is a touchscreen.

 

The display supports the use of both left-to-right and right-to-left language deployments as needed in global deployments. It has 12 tricolor LED keys arrayed in 2 columns of 6 on either side of the display.

 

Six of these keys are programmable for use with telephony functions such as line keys, speed dials, BLF, call park, call forward, and so on. The other 6 keys are session keys that can be tied to applications, services, or other similar functions.

 

The figure below shows the 9971 IP Phone.

 

 

Like its 9951 smaller counterpart, the 9971 phone includes support for Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless headset support. Two USB ports are also on board for use with wired headsets.

 

Whether wired or wireless, the phone supports high-definition voice for increased sound clarity. The 9971 includes an integrated 10/100/1000 switch port to facilitate the connection of a wired workstation to the phone.

 

The 9971 extends the functionality of the 9951 with an additional line and session key and the addition of an 802.11 a/b/g wireless network radio. Note that when the phone is deployed wirelessly, the integrated 10/100/1000 switch port cannot be used.

 

 

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CISCO 9951 IP PHONE

The 9951’s 5-inch, 24-bit, 640x480-pixel TFT display is backlit and has an antiglare finish and an adjustable viewing angle. The display supports the use of both left-to-right and right-to-left language deployments as needed in global deployments.

 

It has ten tricolor LED keys arrayed in two columns of five on either side of the display. Five of these keys are programmable for use with telephony functions such as line keys, speed dials, BLF, call park, call forward, and so on. The other five keys are session keys, which can be tied to applications, services, or other similar functions. The figure below shows the 9951 IP Phone.

 

 

There are also 4 programmable soft keys in a row just beneath the display as well as 12 fixed-function feature keys on the phone itself, arrayed around the keypad. Additional features added to the 9951 phone include support for Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless headset support.

 

Two USB ports are also on board for use with wired headsets. Whether wired or wireless, the phone supports high-definition voice for increased sound clarity. The 9951 includes an integrated 10/100/1000 switch port to facilitate the connection of a wired workstation to the phone.

 

This phone does support the use of XML-based applications and services and the use of up to three KEMs. The first KEM is powered via the PoE provided by the access layer switch. Additional KEMs require the use of external power.

 

 

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