We are looking at upgrading our phones from a traditional PBX to Cisco IP. I am familiar with the CIsco IP and have deployed them before. However, the time I worked with them with overhead paging was a long time ago and was using unicast through an interface on the router to a bogen amp. It appears now, Informacast is included to some degree with basic and other licenses. I think the 50 device limitation will be ok, however, I noticed the Legacy Paging Interface is only for Advanced licenses. Is there anything else that can be utilized in the "basic" license to utilize paging to a single amp in a building? like an ATA or FXO? Or would I be better off utilizing a line group?
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You can also use any 3rd party paging solution you want along with informacast, you'd need to discuss wih the 3rd party vendor which interface and / or protocol would be required.
A line group has NEVER been a solution for paging.
I have had excellent results with page controls from Valcom. There make a PoE powered SIP device (PagePro VIP-201A) that will register with CM. If you have legacy analog type paging, that is a very easy integration. You can likely take a connection from the SIP page control direct to an existing page control.