The SIP Print appliance “listens” to telephone calls on a local or wide area network, captures the SIP packets and RTP packets, re-assembles them, stores the assembled IP packets as a wav file and records it in the SIP Print database. The SIP Print appliance does away with an Application Programming Interface (API) or a Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) to the PBX, since IP endpoints, the telephones, now have the functionality of “old” TDM or Digital PBX’s. IP endpoints work on a “peer to peer” basis and use the IP PBX for IP routing only (internal network to the world.)
SIP Print connects to the network on which the IP telephone system communicates. The network is the telephone system. SIP Print need not connect to the IP PBX. Instead it connects to the network between the SIP endpoints.
SIP Print’s innovative design eliminates the multiple hardware resources required of legacy analog/digital call recording systems.
SIP Print does not require software on a PC or on a separate server. SIP Print is appliance based. It connects to the IP telephony network (the same as or separate from the data network) via a simple network interface on the back of the appliance.
Annual maintenance is not required, though the manufacturer does recommend keeping watch on drive space and archiving / deleting when space becomes limited. However, Software Assurance is an annual fee. Software support and updates require an active Software Assurance contract.
Hardware is covered for up to 5 years provided Software Assurance is renewed without interruption. If Software Assurance renewal lapses, hardware is no longer covered.
SIP Print sits on the LAN side of the customer's network and records calls generated from SIP/IP handsets that utilize SIP and RTP standards. By design SIP Print is not dependent on the trunk-side delivery.
Every user of the SIP Print appliance may listen to a recorded conversation at the same time.
After logging into the SIP Print appliance via a web browser from your local PC/Mac, click the play icon and the recorded call will be downloaded/played via your media player.
SIP Print is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, or any appliance with a browser connected to the SIP Print appliance network. SIP Print uses common browser technology (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox) and common media players (MS Media player, ITunes, etc.)
SIP Print must be in the flow of VoIP packets to capture them. Therefore, a port-mirroring switch is recommended. We recommend a NET Gear GS108T port mirroring switch. Set up is basic:
SIP Print can record “follow-me” calls. A “follow-me” call is one in which somebody dials your number at work. Your phone is setup to transfer the call first to your home, or 2nd office, and then to your cell phone, or somewhere else, in sequence or all at once. It depends upon how you set up the follow-me directive for your phone. Ensure SIP Print is in the stream of SIP and RTP packets to capture the conversation. If a call comes in to the IP PBX which is acting as an IP-Proxy and as a follow-me feature provider, the call will go back out the way it came in. SIP Print must be attached in this flow stream. This works with SIP Trunks, but not with PRI trunking. SIP Print records VoIP traffic only, not Primary Rate Interface, Digital, TDM, or Analog.