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Nortel Networks' Business Communications Manager 50

This small business PBX has tons of bells and whistles, among them enabling access to hundreds of telephony features, but they'll cost you!

Deploying the unit is as simple as connecting a DHCP-enabled workstation to the management port, opening a browser and downloading the BCM 50 Element Manager software. Basic telephony features are configured through this Element Manager, while VPN/ router and voicemail/ auto-attendant and call-center features are configured through Web interfaces launched from Element Manager.

Good
• Great entry-level PBX with enterprise-class features
• Integrated router and VPN
• Support for up to 80 lines in a hybrid digital/IP environment

• Most features licensed on a per-port basis

Bad

• Lacks standards-based SIP signaling
• IP features and phones expensive compared with digital equivalents

• Single system is limited to 32 IP lines
• Per-feature pricing adds up quickly for complex installs

Business Communications Manager 50, $350 to $500 per seat. Nortel Networks, (800) 4Nortel, (800) 466-7835. www.nortel.com

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