IP Telephony & VOIP/ PABX

Understanding Yeastar Auto Provisioning and How It Works

Yeastar has the reputation of building modular IP PBX systems with the ability to provide professional telephony for both the small and large business enterprises. With the Yeastar S-Series IP PBX, it is possible to choose whether you want to integrate cellular, analog or digital devices.

But that’s not all. The state-of-the-art administrator interface makes it possible to make changes to the configuration and settings. Also included are services like streamlined installation and Auto Provisioning, together with other maintenance tasks.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of The Tips That Can Help You Understand Yeastar Auto Provisioning and How It Works

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Why It Is Called Auto Provisioning

In the past, all handset and VoIP PBX provisioning were manual unless for a situation involving a proprietary system. That’s because no one cared about money since these systems were way too expensive for small businesses.

Early on, people relied on the latest versions of asterisk or the GUI’d up Asterisk version. These weren’t designed to be plug-and-play unlike modern systems such as the Yeastar Cloud PBX and Yeastar S-Series VoIP PBX. Since technicians had to provision each phone, they ended up spending entire weekends just to set up a small office.

In such a setting, it was near impossible to manage the phone systems since phone models were provisioned differently, regardless of whether they were from the same manufacturer. Any changes, movements or additions to the phone system meant an even more prolonged, tedious, and less manageable process. The quick diagnosis and isolation of issues were virtually impossible. Changing a telephone extension was a nightmare.

What Did Yeastar Do About It?

Thanks to Yeastar, system provisioning, including the configuration of handsets has evolved to be a simple and straightforward process compared to what it was when VoIP was just getting launched.

Not that the tedious manual provisioning process cannot be done. In fact, all VoIP phones can be configured manually by entering the IP addresses into the phone’s web interface and searching. This process is costlier since it takes time to enter data for each of the handsets involved. If there is a delay or issue due to errors in the data entry, the cost can go even higher.

Thankfully, Yeastar has led to the death of the manual configuration of IP PBX phone systems. It is now easier to configure a phone system than it is to unpack it from the manufacturer’s box. Over the years, Yeastar has been releasing phones with the ability to support VoIP phones from a variety of manufacturers. As such, one cannot do without the other. The phone manufacturers to work just like Yeastar needs the manufacturers.

Why You Should Consider Yeastar Auto Provisioning

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Thanks to Yeastart auto-provisioning, it is now possible to reduce configuring tine and avoid stress. It also makes it possible to make use of certified endpoints. The process of registering phones to the IP PBX system is automatic while making it possible for the user to use the Yeastar Cloud PBX or S-Series web interface during configuration. Here, you can change extensions, passwords, and other group or user settings.

To do auto-provisioning in the web interface, you need to have the MAC’s address. In fact, the technique doesn’t need to step into your office to change anything in your settings. Using administrator credentials, just about anyone can enter the phone’s system and make changes to the settings.

The phone’s IP address will be captured in the PBX using a Mac address. Once the network connects with the phone, the PBX shall provision the phone and assign to it an extension.

How Provisioning For VoIP Phones Works with Yeastar IP PBX

So you have your system set and ready? How will you auto-provision phones to the system? By downloading a free app online, you will get the perfect tool to set up your telephone lines. However, the phones you are trying to provision must be compatible with VoIP to work. It should also be cable of working with the Yeastar S-Series IP Phone system.

Whether you have DHCP or PnP phone systems, Yeastar is still up to the task when it comes to provisioning. The DHCP system works for a wide range of supported IP phones. It is the best method for phones from older PBX installations such as Polycom and Cisco. These are what are commonly referred to as legacy systems.

However, PnP is the most commonly used method among the two, which makes sense to focus on PnP. Here’s how you will go about it.

  1. Record the Mac address on the phone
  2. Connect the phone to the LAN being used by the Yeastar IP PBX.
  3. Go to the phone and enable PnP, the process will depend on what the manufacturer recommends.
  4. Go to the web interface for the Yeastar IP PBX
  5. Click “Auto-Provisioning”
  6. Add information about the phone including the Mac address, Model, and Manufacturer
  7. Set the phone lines by choosing anything between the “Label”, “Extensions”, and “Line”.
  8. Set the time zone and language
  9. Reboot soon after saving

From there, the rest of the process is automatic. The phone will send a multicast message to the IP PBX via the network. In response, the IP PBX assigns a URL to the phone. After automatically downloading the configuration file, the phone goes ahead to apply the settings.

This process is so basic that even newbies can still pull it off. It allows you to add phones in batches when you know their Mac addressed. Remember, you have to enable PnP on the phones. It is also possible to provision phones virtually from anywhere. If the phone and IP PBX system are on one LAN. If you have a VPN or VLAN, auto-provisioning isn’t going to work that simple and easy.

Conclusion

With auto-provisioning, you will also be able to update the firmware in batches, add contacts, upload a phonebook, and change settings. It works with a wide range of IP PBX phones such as Fanvil and Yealink. So what do you say about Yeastar auto-provisioning? Would you recommend it to a friend?

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