Unifi VoIP



  • Anyone actually tried Unifi for VoIP? I think it's been out a couple years now but have yet to try them out.

    https://www.ubnt.com/unifi-voip/uvp/



  • $149 is considered a good deal?



  • It is nice looking kit but I've never touched one. Don't know of anyone who has them deployed.



  • @black3dynamite said in Unifi VoIP:

    $149 is considered a good deal?

    Yeah that's a well priced device. I've not used one but it's definitely slick looking.



  • From looking at this, you can use the Unifi controller and DHCP option 66 to configure and update these as well. What I'm seeing for the type of service though appears to be SIP only.

    So I'm not sure if these would work with SfB or some other traditional style phone system.



  • @black3dynamite said in Unifi VoIP:

    $149 is considered a good deal?

    Similar basic devices from places like Meraki/Cisco/Polycom are much higher than that. $149 is decent... Considering it's basically just a tablet with a handset, I can see the prices potentially coming down even further over time. Strap a $10 handset on a $50 Amazon Fire tablet and boom, Ubiquiti phone.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    From looking at this, you can use the Unifi controller and DHCP option 66 to configure and update these as well. What I'm seeing for the type of service though appears to be SIP only.

    So I'm not sure if these would work with SfB or some other traditional style phone system.

    My feeling is that you'd have to use some app like Grasshopper if you want central anything (extensions, ring groups, etc). But if you were going to use an app like Grasshopper, may as well not even use a physical handset and just use a soft phone.

    But for places that are extremely tiny, need to just call out or have one person answering the phones and have Ubiquiti gear anyway, I don't see a reason not to take a look. It's just a question of if you would buy something like this or just use a soft phone at that point.



  • Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc



  • @bbigford yeah definitely would just go with a Soft phone if there is a computer at a receptionist desk if that was the case and just save the $149.

    Generally speaking though, as far as phones go (if you required a handset) then these look like decent units. Just attach them to FreePBX and you're off to the races.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".



  • @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".

    Well this isn't a VoIP offering, its another device that takes advantage of the VoIP capabilities. These don't work without a phone system.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".

    Well this isn't a VoIP offering, its another device that takes advantage of the VoIP capabilities. These don't work without a phone system.

    From the documentation I found, it looked like the USG would be able to control the devices; but I haven't looked into exactly what extent or if they are just devices with an Internet connection and an Android phone app.



  • @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".

    Well this isn't a VoIP offering, its another device that takes advantage of the VoIP capabilities. These don't work without a phone system.

    From the documentation I found, it looked like the USG would be able to control the devices; but I haven't looked into exactly what extent or if they are just devices with an Internet connection and an Android phone app.

    From what I recall they are just IP Phones similar to something from Yealink.



  • @coliver said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".

    Well this isn't a VoIP offering, its another device that takes advantage of the VoIP capabilities. These don't work without a phone system.

    From the documentation I found, it looked like the USG would be able to control the devices; but I haven't looked into exactly what extent or if they are just devices with an Internet connection and an Android phone app.

    From what I recall they are just IP Phones similar to something from Yealink.

    That's my understanding as well. They are managed from a controller just like Unifi APs are, as I understand it.



  • @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @black3dynamite said in Unifi VoIP:

    $149 is considered a good deal?

    Similar basic devices from places like Meraki/Cisco/Polycom are much higher than that. $149 is decent... Considering it's basically just a tablet with a handset, I can see the prices potentially coming down even further over time. Strap a $10 handset on a $50 Amazon Fire tablet and boom, Ubiquiti phone.

    This price is already a HUGE drop over what it was 2 years ago. I think they were nearly $300 back then.



  • @dashrender said in Unifi VoIP:

    @coliver said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    @bbigford said in Unifi VoIP:

    @dustinb3403 said in Unifi VoIP:

    Now what I do find interesting is this is a Android device, so if you can install apps (you can) you should be able to install SfB and then you'd have SfB on the phone as well.

    It would likely work as a secondary phone service though that is in no way associated with the SIP service you have. FreePBX etc

    Using something like SfB on it might go beyond its intended use... using it for that would save on cost of buying Polycom, but if cost and quality was a concern then the client wouldn't use SfB at all.

    Wondering if this solution is a weird little niche where Ubiquiti can just check a box that says "we offer VoIP".

    Well this isn't a VoIP offering, its another device that takes advantage of the VoIP capabilities. These don't work without a phone system.

    From the documentation I found, it looked like the USG would be able to control the devices; but I haven't looked into exactly what extent or if they are just devices with an Internet connection and an Android phone app.

    From what I recall they are just IP Phones similar to something from Yealink.

    That's my understanding as well. They are managed from a controller just like Unifi APs are, as I understand it.

    I believe so.



  • These things are junk.
    Interesting concept, but overpriced, limited, junk at the moment.



  • @jaredbusch said in Unifi VoIP:

    These things are junk.
    Interesting concept, but overpriced, limited, junk at the moment.

    Well, this lower price $150 makes them much more pallet-able. At $300, they were a flat no. Depending on the quality of the handset, etc, they are now totally in line with other units.



  • @jaredbusch said in Unifi VoIP:

    These things are junk.
    Interesting concept, but overpriced, limited, junk at the moment.

    Truth. I bought one 2 years ago, and it is still sitting on the floor, next to my desk. Garbage. They are eye candy, but that's about it.



  • Neat idea, and I want one, but I'm definitely not running out to buy one. Sticking with Yealink for the most part. They "just work". And honestly, they look really professional. Far better than even Polycom.



  • @scottalanmiller I like how they look too. My cisco 7961 at work is so drab



  • @jmoore said in Unifi VoIP:

    @scottalanmiller I like how they look too. My cisco 7961 at work is so drab

    Cisco are better than Polycom for looks, but Yealink and Snom look the best, IMHO.



  • Polycom and Grandstream are the kings of "is that Fisher Price?"



  • Polycom presents "My First SIP Phone."



  • @scottalanmiller said in Unifi VoIP:

    Polycom and Grandstream are the kings of "is that Fisher Price?"

    Any mobile device from these two . . .

    fun-2-learn-my-first-mobile-phone-106778-0-1503998443000.jpg



  • @dustinb3403 I see Polycom has some higher end models now. Nice and colourful.


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