New From Linksys

Since last year’s VON, Linksys has graduated from a section of Cisco’s booth to its own booth. Several new devices made their debut this week.

First out of the box is the color screen, 6-line SPA962 phone.

Keeping with Linksys’ aim to build useful applications into the phone, the SPA962 comes with an RSS feed that offers several topical feeds for news as well as traffic and weather. It’s easy to see how WebEx could fit into this picture, for example, by integrating business applications like Salesforce.com right into the phone. The street price for the SPA962 is expected to be around $320.

The optional SPA932 sidecar delivers one-touch call transfer and line status for all other extensions.

To turn a single broadband line into a phone line, the new SPA8000 8-port ATA provides RJ-21 port to interface with a traditional PBX, as well as the eight RJ-11 ports for analog phones. The SPA8000 also delivers IP media loopback for automatic line testing, and SIP over TLS to offer the same level of security for phone calls as online banking transactions. The SPA8000 is expected to sell for around $300.

Designed to be provisioned and configured remotely by a service provider, the AG310 ADSL gateway with VoIP delivers VoIP and home networking in a single device. Calls can also be redirected to the PSTN via an FXO port. The AG310 will retail around $135. A wireless version is in the works.

The company is also releasing version 5.1 firmware for the SPA line, which includes configurable language selection as well as new security and reliability features.

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