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Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 Release Notes for Firmware Release 9.1(1) (SCCP and SIP)

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Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 Release Notes for Firmware Release 9.1(1) (SCCP and SIP)

Contents

Related Documentation

New and Changed Information

Automatic Port Synchronization

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Support

CUCM SIP Endpoint Support

Device Un-registration

iLBC Support

K-Factor (MOS)

Plus Dialing

Secure Monitoring and Recording

SIP firmware support for Cisco Unified Video Advantage

Whisper Coaching

Installation Notes

Installation Upgrade Notes

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express

Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SCCP

Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SIP

Caveats

Using Bug Toolkit

Open Caveats

Resolved Caveats

Documentation Updates

Wireless Headset Support

Resetting or Restoring the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Performing a Basic Reset

Performing a Factory Reset

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 Release Notes for Firmware Release 9.1(1) (SCCP and SIP)


Published: January 28, 2011

The information in this release note applies to the Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911.

Use these release notes with Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 running firmware release 9.1(1). This version of firmware is compatible with Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.5 and later.

Contents

These release notes provide the following information. You might need to notify your users about some of the information provided in this document.

Related Documentation

New and Changed Information

Installation Notes

Caveats

Documentation Updates

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Related Documentation

Cisco Unified IP Phone Documentation

Refer to publications that are specific to your language, phone model and Cisco Unified Communications Manager release. Navigate from the following documentation URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10326/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Documentation

Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Documentation Guide and other publications specific to your Cisco Unified Communications Manager release. Navigate from the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/voicesw/ps556/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition Documentation

Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition Documentation Guide and other publications that are specific to your Cisco Unified Communications Manager release. Navigate from the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7273/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Documentation

Refer to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Documentation Guide and other publications specific to your Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express release. Navigate from the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/voicesw/ps4625/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

New and Changed Information

This section contains the following topics:

Automatic Port Synchronization

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Support

CUCM SIP Endpoint Support

Device Un-registration

iLBC Support

K-Factor (MOS)

Plus Dialing

Secure Monitoring and Recording

SIP firmware support for Cisco Unified Video Advantage

Whisper Coaching

Automatic Port Synchronization

When the Cisco Unified Communication Manager administrator uses the Remote Port Configuration feature to set the speed and duplex function of an IP phone remotely, loss of packets can occur, if one port is slower than the other.

The Automatic Port Synchronization feature synchronizes the ports to the lowest speed among the two ports, which eliminates packet loss. When automatic port synchronization is enabled, it is recommended that both ports be configured for autonegotiate. If one port is enabled for autonegotiate and the other is at a fixed speed, the phone synchronizes to the fixed port speed.


Note If both the ports are configured for fixed speed, the Automatic Port Synchronization feature is ineffective.



Note The Remote Port Configuration and Automatic Port Synchronization features are compatible only with IEEE 802.3AF Power of Ethernet (PoE) switches.



Note Switches that support only Cisco Inline Power are not compatible. Enabling this feature on phones that are connected to these types of switches could result in loss of connectivity to Cisco Unified CM, if the phone is powered by PoE.


Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express Support

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express supports the following IP phones:

Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901

Cisco Unified IP Phone 6911

CUCM SIP Endpoint Support

The Cisco Unified IP Phones 6901 and 6911 SIP products will use the same portable SIP call features and SIP messaging stack that runs on the rest of the Cisco SIP Phones. Since the same software is used, the Cisco Unified IP Phones 6901 and 6911 SIP will get all the signaling and call feature flow behaviors that are compliant with Cisco UCM SIP line side specification.

Device Un-registration

The phone implements a new alarm that is sent in at the time of registration reporting diagnostic information related to the current and previous registration events, as well as, the previous deregistration event. Once the new alarm is implemented the phones, utilizing SCCP, should discontinue sending the StationAlarm message that was previously sent at the time of registration. For reference this is the alarm that includes the "Last=" string. Since this alarm is sent prior to protocol version negotiation it is understood that the newer versions of phone software always sends the newly defined StationEnhancedAlarmMessage. The older versions of the Cisco Unified Communication Manager ignores and discard the new alarm.

iLBC Support

iLBC stands for internet low bit rate codec. It is a royalty free narrow band (8kHz sampling) speech codec supporting bit rate15.2kbps for 20ms - 38 bytes frames. In terms of quality, it compares with G.729a with the added advantage of frame independence.

iLBC has it own built-in packet loss concealment but it does not have a built-in silence suppression scheme.

K-Factor (MOS)

K-factor is a Cisco proprietary MOS-LQK listening quality metric measurement. It is part of the Voice Quality Metric set and is provided with other VQ values on the phone UI, web interface and other reports.


Note K-factor should not be used as a basis for Service Level Agreement (SLA) and instead Concealed Seconds type metrics should be used.


K-factor is voice codec dependent and interfaces closely with the device de-jitter buffer. The supported codec in its current version are G.711, G.729, G.729a, G.729ab and iLBC.

Plus Dialing

In this release, users can now press and hold the "*" key for 1 second to add a plus "+" sign as the first digit in a phone number for international dialing.

These Cisco Unified IP Phones support this feature:

Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901

Cisco Unified IP Phone 6911

Secure Monitoring and Recording

Secure Recording and Monitoring feature supports encryption of the recording and monitoring audio streams and the control signaling. A supervisor using encrypted phone will be available to monitor an agent who is using an encrypted phone or an agent who is using an unsecured phone.

A recorder connected to Cisco Unified Communication Manager through secure SIP trunk using sRTP will be available to record an agent who is using an encrypted phone or an agent who is using an unsecured phone.

However, CUCM does not allow monitoring or recording session to downgrade the overall security of the original call. Therefore, the media for those sessions have to guarantee to be the same or higher security than the agent phone's security capability.


Note This feature applies only to Cisco Unified IP Phone 6911 and supports only Secure Monitoring and non-secure Recording.


SIP firmware support for Cisco Unified Video Advantage

The Cisco Audio Session Tunnel (CAST) protocol establishes communication between the Cisco Unified Video Advantage (CUVA) and Cisco Unified IP Phones (SIP), which enables the CUVA to support video on the PC even if the IP phone does not have video capability.When implemented on SIP phones, the CAST protocol enables communication with video applications when the PC is connected to the PC port on the phone.


Note This feature applies only to Cisco Unified IP Phone 6911.


Where to Find More Information

Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 Administration Guide for Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.5.

Whisper Coaching

Silent call monitoring is a feature that allows a supervisor to discreetly listen to a conversation between an agent and a customer without allowing the agent to detect the monitoring session. Whisper coaching is an enhancement to silent call monitoring feature that allows supervisors to talk to agents during a monitoring session. This feature provides applications the ability to change the current monitoring mode of a monitoring call from Silent Monitoring to Whisper Coaching and vice versa.

To enable Whisper Coaching in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration application, choose Device > Phone, locate the Cisco Unified IP Phone that you want to configure. Scroll to the Device Information Layout pane and set Built-in Bridge to On or Default. If Built-in Bridge is set to Default, in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration application, choose System > Service Parameter and select the appropriate Server and Service. Scroll to the Clusterwide Parameters (Device - Phone) pane and set Built-in Bridge Enable to On.

Installation Notes

This section contains these sections:

Installation Upgrade Notes

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express

Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SCCP

Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SIP

Installation Upgrade Notes

Direct upgrades, using load files, are supported to firmware release 9.1(1). You can use the following firmware release file for these direct upgrades:

cmterm-6901_6911-sccp.9-1-1-0.cop.sgn

cmterm-6901_6911-sip.9-1-1-0.cop.sgn


Note A direct upgrade from firmware release SCCP 9.0(2) to 9.1(1) SCCP or SIP is supported, and conversion between firmware release SCCP and SIP is also supported.


Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Before using the Cisco Unified IP Phone with Cisco Unified Communications Manager, you must install the latest firmware on all Cisco Unified Communications Manager servers in the cluster.

To download and install the Cisco Unified Communications Manager version, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Go to the following URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/pub/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875240

Step 2 Log in to the Products > Voice and Unified Communications > IP Telephony.

Step 3 Choose Call Control > Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CallManager).

Step 4 Choose your Cisco Unified Communications Manager version.


Installing Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express

To download and install the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express version, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Go to the following URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/pub/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875240

Step 2 Log in to the Products > Voice and Unified Communications > IP Telephony.

Step 3 Choose Call Control > Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express.

Step 4 Choose your Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express version from the Select a File to Download section.


Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SCCP

To download and install the phone firmware, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Go to the following URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875240

Step 2 Log in to the Products > Voice and Unified Communications > IP Telephony > IP Phones > Cisco Unified IP Phone 6900 Series.

Step 3 Choose your phone type.

Step 4 Choose Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) Software.

Step 5 Choose 9.1(1) under the Latest Releases folder.

Step 6 To download the SCCP firmware for the Cisco Unified IP Phone, choose one of the following firmware releases. Click the Download Now or Add to cart button and follow the prompts:

cmterm-6901_6911-sccp.9-1-1-0.cop.sgn


Note If you added the firmware file to the cart, click the Download Cart link when you are ready to download the file.


Step 7 Click the + next to the firmware file name in the Download Cart section to access additional information about this file. The hyperlink for the Readme files is in the Additional Information section, which contains installation instructions for the corresponding firmware:

cmterm-6901_6911-sccp.9-1-1-0-readme.html

Step 8 Follow the instructions in the Readme file to install the firmware.


Installing Firmware Release 9.1(1) for SIP

To download and install the phone firmware, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Go to the following URL:

http://tools.cisco.com/support/downloads/go/Redirect.x?mdfid=278875240

Step 2 Log in to the Products > Voice and Unified Communications > IP Telephony > IP Phones > Cisco Unified IP Phone 6900 Series.

Step 3 Choose your phone type.

Step 4 Choose Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Software.

Step 5 Choose 9.1(1) under the Latest Releases folder.

Step 6 To download the SIP firmware for the Cisco Unified IP Phone, choose one of the following firmware releases. Click the Download Now or Add to cart button and follow the prompts:

cmterm-6901_6911-sip.9-1-1-0.cop.sgn


Note If you added the firmware file to the cart, click the Download Cart link when you are ready to download the file.


Step 7 Click the + next to the firmware file name in the Download Cart section to access additional information about this file. The hyperlink for the Readme files is in the Additional Information section, which contains installation instructions for the corresponding firmware:

cmterm-6901_6911-sip.9-1-1-0-readme.html

Step 8 Follow the instructions in the Readme file to install the firmware.


Caveats

This section contains these topics:

Using Bug Toolkit

Open Caveats

Resolved Caveats

Using Bug Toolkit

Known problems (bugs) are graded according to severity level. These release notes contain descriptions of:

All severity level 1 or 2 bugs.

Significant severity level 3 bugs.

You can search for problems by using the Cisco Software Bug Toolkit.

To access Bug Toolkit, you need the following items:

Internet connection

Web browser

Cisco.com user ID and password

To use the Software Bug Toolkit, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 To access the Bug Toolkit, go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs.

Step 2 Log on with your Cisco.com user ID and password.

Step 3 To look for information about a specific problem, enter the bug ID number in the "Search for bug ID" field, then click Go.


Open Caveats

There are no open caveats for firmware release 9.1(1).

Resolved Caveats

Table 1 lists Severity 1, 2 and 3 defects that are resolved for the Cisco Unified IP Phone using firmware release 9.1(1).

For more information about an individual defect, you can access the online record for the defect by clicking the Identifier or going to the URL shown. You must be a registered Cisco.com user to access this online information.

Because defect status continually changes, be aware that Table 1 reflects a snapshot of the defects that were resolved at the time this report was compiled. For an updated view of resolved defects, access Bug Toolkit as described in the "Using Bug Toolkit" section.

Table 1 Resolved Caveats for the Cisco Unified IP Phone for Firmware Release 9.1(1) 

Identifier
Headline

CSCti04400

CP-6911 sccp 9-0-2 video call interop does not work with CP-9971/Camera


Documentation Updates

This section contains recent changes to the Cisco Unified IP Phone documentation.

Wireless Headset Support

Resetting or Restoring the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Wireless Headset Support

The following update applies to the "Setting Up the Cisco Unified IP Phone" chapter in the Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911 Administration Guide for Cisco Unified Communications Manager 8.5 (SCCP and SIP).

In the section on "Audio Quality Subjective to the User," there are references to using wireless headsets with the Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911.

There is no wireless headset support for the Cisco Unified IP Phone 6901 and 6911.

Resetting or Restoring the Cisco Unified IP Phone

There are two general methods for resetting or restoring the Cisco Unified IP Phone:

Performing a Basic Reset

Performing a Factory Reset

Performing a Basic Reset

Performing a basic reset of a Cisco Unified IP Phone provides a way to recover if the phone experiences an error and provides a way to reset or restore various configuration and security settings.

Table 2 describes the ways to perform a basic reset. You can reset a phone with any of these operations after the phone has started up. Choose the operation that is appropriate for your situation.

Table 2 Basic Reset Methods 

Operation
Performing
Explanation

Restart phone

Unplug the power cable and plug it back in.

Resets any user and network configuration changes that you have made, but that the phone has not written to its Flash memory, to previously saved settings, then restarts the phone.

Reset Settings

Reset the phone to its factory settings.

Resets user and network configuration settings to their default values, and restarts the phone.


Performing a Factory Reset

When you perform a factory reset of the Cisco Unified IP Phone, the following information is erased or reset to its default value:

User configuration settings—Reset to default values

Network configuration settings—Reset to default values

Call histories—Erased

Locale information—Reset to default values

Phone application—Erased (phone recovers by using the image in the inactive partition of flash to boot up).

Before you perform a factory reset, ensure that the following conditions are met:

The phone must be on a DHCP-enabled network.

A valid TFTP server must be set in DHCP option 150 or option 66 on the DHCP server.

To perform a factory reset of a phone, you can use the IVR to reset the network settings to factory default or you can perform the following steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Unplug the power cable from the phone and then plug it back in.
The phone begins its power-up cycle.

Step 2 While the phone is powering up, press and hold # button until the Line LED turns green.

Step 3 Release the # button and press 123456789*0#.
The line button LED turns red. The phone reboots when it is finished.


Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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