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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie


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. . . having said that, a dialler would be useful for calling different departments e.g. room service.


And now you're back to a phone...  Biggrin5

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

My interest would be in portable wifi phones. Yes, you can get cheap smartphones and install SIP clients on them; but the problem I have is that we are a 24/7 facility, so the ability to swap batteries quickly/easily is a must. Currently we use a solution from Polycom/Spectralink, but they are pathetic in features and cost over $400/each.

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

How about an APP that will turn the WiFi on smartphones into a walki-talki between handsets? Then you could text, and actually establish full-duplex phone calls between each other. 

 

The only other closest thing I could find that is just hitting the market is this:

 

https://www.beartooth.com/

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

There are several 'push-to-talk' apps on Android. Most of

them use Internet links back to a cloud server, and allow

international 'half-duplex' conversations. I think one is duplex....

 

One of the most interesting I found is the WAVE application

from a company that was called Twisted Pair Technologies,

until swallowed up by Motorola. It was an Android app, but

also had a complete API and some hardware to link smart

phones with LMR (digital mobile radio) and even analog radio.

 

Its offer was to enable communications to a suitably-linked

mobile radio system anywhere in the world. I'm looking at it

as part of an LMR / private LTE integration for remote sites,

and Motorola says they are already doing something like that.

 

So equipment could be LMR [now available using relatively

cheap MotoTRBO-compatible Chinese walkies], plain old

2-way radio [using a bridge box] and smart phones [using

a cloud server]. This sounds like fun!   Dave


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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

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eejimm wrote:

Fireblade wrote:

The Icom IP 2 way radio solution is very well made and very good. I am currently trialling one with my associates company.

 


How is that going?   We had one hotel here try them - plugged the Base unit into their WiFi network and it completely killed the system - no internet at all for over a day until we disconnected it.   Not sure what went wrong, since we weren't involved in putting it in...

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Put the WT's into a VLAN.  

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

I have a pile of these radios and very happy to state for the record, cheap-n-nasty bits of crap. Wide as a barndoor and poor range/performance. 

 

 

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

I am sure for more technically inclined, the idea of an "app" is great however, in environments such as "schools" and large facility-based units, a walkie talkie network that is already in use can be cumbersome to maintain.  Meanwhile with the growth of Wifi in many facilities, simply creating a VLAN for the WT network and using Wifi WT's would certainly simplify the maintenance and ease of use.

 

I personally think this is a very good idea.

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

The prime issue with the Icom solution is you're completely unable to change the subnet the gateway or the radios are configured for... If the gateways ends up being the same IP as your router, game over...

 

For reference, this is the product they're referring to - 

http://icomamerica.com/en/products/landmobile/networkroip/ip100h/default.aspx

 

Over $400 per radio plus another $1500 for the gateway...

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie


@k6lor wrote:

The prime issue with the Icom solution is you're completely unable to change the subnet the gateway or the radios are configured for... If the gateways ends up being the same IP as your router, game over...

 

For reference, this is the product they're referring to - 

http://icomamerica.com/en/products/landmobile/networkroip/ip100h/default.aspx

 

Over $400 per radio plus another $1500 for the gateway...


I am looking into this solution as it's cheaper and easier to maintain than conventional radios in my opinion. Along with being able to use a robust WLAN infrastructure. I'm posting on here to stop false information. You most definitely can change the IP address on the controller. Anybody who would slap this into an existing network and not program it using a computer first; shouldn't be installing technology in the first place. (Referencing somebody earlier at a hotel)

 

You can change the IP address to anything you want, including within your subnet and a static IP of your choosing, see attached picture:

 

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Re: Wifi walkie-talkie

Please don't bump old threads.
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