Building upon the features offered in the 8961 phone, the 9900 series adds desktop video support with the inclusion of a USB-connected video camera. Like the 8961, the 9900 series phones are SIP endpoints only. They do not support SCCP.


The 9900 series phones deliver high-quality audio, standard-definition video and support for an extensive array of XML and MIDlet applications. This makes them ideal for knowledge workers, managers, and executives desiring a higher-end multimedia communications experience.


The compact video camera mounts directly onto the phone’s display. The display tilt is adjustable, as is that of the camera. There is also a physical shutter that can be opened and closed based on the user’s preference.


The camera is capable of encoding 30 frames per second (fps) at 352x288 Common Intermediate Format (CIF) resolution or 24 fps at 640x480 VGA resolution (H.264).


The phone models in this series include the 9951 and 9971. Both are class 4 PoE devices. However, these phones have a deep sleep feature that drops their power consumption by over 90 percent during off-hours.







The 8961 is a collaboration endpoint intended for use by knowledge workers, managers, and executives desiring desktop voice communication capabilities. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the 8961 has clean, uncluttered lines and an intuitive user interface.


The 5-inch 640x480-pixel TFT display is backlit and has an antiglare finish and an adjustable viewing angle. It is designed to enhance the user experience when using multimedia applications, such as XML or MIDlet applications developed both by Cisco and by third-party developers.


The figure below shows the 8961 IP Phone.



This phone features 5 programmable line/feature keys, 4 programmable soft keys, and 12 fixed feature keys. It has an integrated 10/100/1000 switch built in. The 8961 supports only SIP for line-side signaling and is classified as a Class 4 PoE device. It has a USB port for use with wired headsets or the base station of wireless headsets.


Like the 8945, the 8961 is manufactured from reground/recycled plastics. It also supports the deep sleep mode feature for off-hours power saving. It also supports Cisco EnergyWise implementations.


The 8961 uses the Cisco Unified IP KEM; however, unlike the previously discussed phone models, only one KEM can be attached to this phone.


The figure below shows the KEM for the 8961 phone.



The KEM has 18 tricolor LED buttons for lines/features and 2 page buttons, adding a total of 36 additional line/feature buttons to the phone’s capacity. The KEM has a 480x272-pixel color, backlit, antiglare display. It is line-powered when the phone is using 802.3AT PoE or can be powered by a Power Cube 4 external power supply.







The 8945 phone is a collaborative meeting endpoint delivering standard definition video to the desktop via an integrated Video Graphics Array (VGA) (640X480) video camera. It supports standard H.264 video at frame rates of up to 30 frames per second (fps).


It includes a 5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) color display. The color backlit display runs a resolution of 640X480 pixels and has an antiglare finish. The figure below shows the 8945 IP Phone.



The 8945 includes 4 tricolor LED line/feature keys, 4 programmable soft keys, and 12 fixed function keys. The fixed function keys include Applications, Directories, Messages, Volume Control, Headset, Speakerphone, Audio Mute, Video Mute, Transfer, Conference, Redial, and Hold/Resume. As an added feature, Bluetooth support has been built in to this model for use with hands-free headsets.


However, unlike the 8851/8861, the Bluetooth support on this model does not have Intelligent Proximity. The body of the 8945 is built from reground and recycled plastics, making this an ecofriendly and rugged phone.


A Class 3 PoE device, the 8945 has a 10/100/1000 integrated switch and supports both SCCP and SIP for line-side signaling. Adding to its green capabilities is a deep sleep option, which cuts the power consumption down to less than 1 watt during off-hours.








The 8900 series phones were created to allow businesses to begin moving video communication to the desktop of all users. These phones are general business collaboration endpoints intended for all types of users. Two phones are currently available in the 8900 series line: the 8945 and 8961.






The two newest phones in the Cisco IP Phone portfolio are the 8845 and 8865 models. These two models bring integrated 720p HD video to the desk phone. These phones use the same basic form factor as the rest of the 8800 line. However, some modifications make them slightly differ in look, namely the addition of the small camera at the top of the display.


This is not an add-on camera, such as that used with the 9971, for example. It is a true integrated HD camera. The video calling features include a selectable position picture-in-picture (PIP), view swap (remote end or self-view), minimize video, self-view video, and video UI and conference/transfer initiation.


There is also a privacy shutter on the integrated camera to stop the video broadcast. Both models include 10/100/1000 Ethernet capabilities with an integrated switch. Like the 8841/8851/8861 models, these include a 5-inch high-resolution display at 800x480 resolution, 5 line keys, 4 programmable soft keys, and 12 fixed feature keys.


Both endpoints also include support for Bluetooth connectivity for headset and Intelligent Proximity pairing to smartphones. This is the same Intelligent Proximity functionality we saw in the 8851 and 8861 phones. The figure below shows the Cisco 8845 IP Phone.



The 8865 has been enabled with more a somewhat more advanced feature set than the 8845. This includes the addition of USB ports for charging of smartphones (side USB port) and tablets (back USB port) in the same manner as the 8861’s configuration.


In addition, the 8865 has been configured to include wireless networking support for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac environments where wired network connectivity may not be available but HD video calling capabilities are desired. In the absence of PoE, a Power Cube 4 is required to power the phone. Another added capability of the 8865 is support for the use of up to three 8800 series KEMs. The figure below shows the Cisco 8865 IP Phone.





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