Conference Phones have become mainstay in today’s conference rooms. Usually with conference phones there is a spaghetti bowl of cables that can clutter up the most beautiful and expensive conference room tables making them look unsightly. Wireless Conference phones provide mobility and a clean looking conference table. There are several manufacturers of wireless conference phones including Polycom, Konftel, Clear One and Revolabs.
Each wireless conference phone manufacturer offers something a little different and there are some pros and cons to consider. Each of the manufacturers listed here offer great sounding full duplex conference phones for teleconferencing. There are some differences in quality of sound but like audio speakers that can sometimes be only decided on personal preference. Polycom, Konftel , and Clear One offer similar types of wireless conference phones.
Revolabs offers a unique wireless conferencing solution that includes wireless microphones and an audio conference unit that connects to external room/ceiling speakers with a wireless dialer and conference controller. This is a superb solution for larger conference rooms and odd shaped conference room tables such as U, T or O shaped conference tables where a traditional conference phone would not work. Revolabs can be part of a Multi-Media conference room that might include Video Conferencing. The wireless microphones are about the size of a cigarette lighter and can be ordered as omni, handheld, lapel or as a wearable microphone. The Revolabs is not your father’s conferencing system unless your dad was 007.
Polycom SoundStation 2W Wireless is probably the most well-known among all conference phones. The design has been around for a while and is familiar to most. The Sound Station offers two Sound Stations. One is expandable with MIC Pods and the other is not. The Sound Station2W boasts 150 Ft of wireless range, 12 hour talk time on a single battery charge, cell phone dialing and connectivity when no analog line is available, comes with a back lit display and an AUX out jack for recording calls to a recorder.
Konftel has been manufacturing sleek great sounding conference phones since 1988 and is the number one selling brand in Europe. Avaya liked them so much they bought the company. The Konftel 300W DECT wireless conference phone has some impressive features like a high end luxury European auto. The 300W has a range of over 600 FT of wireless range, standard 60 hours of talk time on a single battery charge, offers cell phone and USB connectivity for cell phone and USB internet calling, comes with a back lit display with a 200 memory speed dial, it also has an on board 2Gb SD card for recording conference calls. A very nice conference phone.
Clear One MaxAttach Wireless Conference phones are expandable offering a unique feature that allows the connecting of up to 4 phones to work as a single wireless conference phone solution. This is great for long conference tables and odd shaped conference tables such as U shaped conference tables. With four phones connected there would be 12 microphones and 4 speakers covering the room. The phone features First-mic priority eliminates hollow “tunnel” sound by activating only the microphone closest to the person speaking and noise cancellation to cut out background sounds such as HVAC noise.
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From the desk of Ricardo Trinidad