Cisco Unified IP Phone 7906G and 7911G Administration Guide for Cisco Unified Communications Manager 7.1(SCCP and SIP)
Setting Up the Cisco Unified IP Phone
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Setting Up the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Table Of Contents

Setting Up the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Before You Begin

Network Requirements

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Configuration

Understanding the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G Components

Network and Access Ports

Handset

Speaker

Monitor Mode

Group Listen Mode

Headset

Audio Quality Subjective to User

Connecting a Headset

Using External Devices with Your Cisco Unified IP Phone

Installing the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Mounting the Phone to a Wall

Verifying the Phone Startup Process

Configuring Startup Network Settings

Configuring Security on the Cisco Unified IP Phone


Setting Up the Cisco Unified IP Phone


This chapter helps you install the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G on a Cisco Unified Communications network, and includes these topics:

Before You Begin

Understanding the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G Components

Installing the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Mounting the Phone to a Wall

Verifying the Phone Startup Process

Configuring Startup Network Settings

Configuring Security on the Cisco Unified IP Phone


Note Before you install a Cisco Unified IP phone, you must decide how to configure the phone in your network. Then you can install the phone and verify its functionality. For more information, see Chapter 2 "Preparing to Install the Cisco Unified IP Phone on Your Network."


Before You Begin

Before installing the Cisco Unified IP Phone, review the requirements in these sections:

Network Requirements

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Configuration

Network and Access Ports

Handset

Speaker

Installing the Cisco Unified IP Phone

Network Requirements

For the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G to successfully operate as a Cisco Unified IP Phone endpoint in your network, your network must meet these requirements:

Working Voice-over-IP (VoIP) Network

VoIP configured on your Cisco routers and gateways

Cisco Unified Communications Manager Release 3.3(5) or higher installed in your network and configured to handle call processing


Note The minimum firmware release that must be installed on the phone is 7.2(1).


IP network that supports DHCP or manual assignment of IP address, gateway, and subnet mask


Note The Cisco Unified IP Phone displays the date and time from Cisco Unified Communications Manager. If the Cisco Unified Communications Manager server is located in a different time zone than the phones, the phones will not display the correct local time.


Cisco Unified Communications Manager Configuration

The Cisco Unified IP Phone requires Cisco Unified Communications Manager to handle call processing. Refer to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration Guide or context-sensitive help in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager application to ensure that Cisco Unified Communications Manager is set up properly to manage the phone and to properly route and process calls.

If you plan to use auto-registration, verify that it is enabled and properly configured in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration before connecting any Cisco Unified IP Phone to the network. For information about enabling and configuring auto-registration, refer to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration Guide. Also, see the "Adding Phones to the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Database" section.

You must use Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration to configure and assign features to the Cisco Unified IP Phones. See the "Telephony Features Available for the Cisco Unified IP Phone" section for details.

In Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration, you can add users to the database and associate them with specific phones. In this way, users can access their Cisco Unified CM User Option page to configure items such as call forwarding, speed dialing, and voice messaging system options. See the "Adding Users to Cisco Unified Communications Manager" section for details.

Understanding the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G Components

The Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G include these components on the phone or as accessories for the phone:

Network and Access Ports

Handset

Speaker

Headset

Network and Access Ports

The following ports are available on the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G:

Network port—Labeled 10/100 SW. Use the network port to connect the phone to the network. You must use a straight-through cable on this port. The phone can also obtain inline power from the Cisco Catalyst switch over this connection. See the "Providing Power to the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G" section for details.

Access port (Cisco Unified IP Phone 7911G only)—Labeled 10/100 PC. Use the access port to connect a network device, such as a computer, to the phone. You must use a straight-through cable on this port.

Each port supports 10/100 Mbps half- or full-duplex connections to external devices. The speed and connection type are set through auto-negotiation. You can use either Category 3 or 5 cabling for 10-Mbps connections, but you must use Category 5 for 100 Mbps connections.

See Figure 3-3 for the connection ports available on the back of the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G.

Handset

The handset is designed especially for use with a Cisco Unified IP Phone. It includes a light strip that indicates incoming calls and voice messages waiting.

To connect a handset to the Cisco Unified IP Phone, plug the cable into the handset and the Handset port on the back of the phone.

Speaker

The Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G include a speaker that you can use to monitor calls. You can enable either the Monitor mode or Group Listen mode to allow users to listen on the speaker.

The speaker is enabled by default. You must disable the speaker by using Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration. To do so, choose Device > Phone and locate the phone you want to modify. In the Phone Configuration window for the phone, check the Disable Speakerphone check box.

Monitor Mode

In Monitor mode, users can only listen to a call on the speaker. To speak to the other party on the call, users must pick up the handset.

Monitor mode is enabled by default if the speaker is enabled on Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.

From the phone, users can turn on the Monitor function with the Monitor softkey, and turn off this function with the MonOff softkey or by picking up the handset.

Group Listen Mode

In Group Listen mode, both the handset and speaker can be active at the same time. During a call, one user can talk into the handset while other users can listen over the speaker.

Enabling Group Listen Mode on Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Group Listen mode is disabled by default. To enable this mode, you must do so from the Phone Configuration window in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration.

From Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration, choose Device > Phone and locate the phone you want to modify. In the Phone Configuration window for the phone (Product Specific Configuration section), check the Enable Group Listen check box.

If Group Listen mode is enabled, the Monitor feature softkeys are not available on the phone.

Activating Group Listen on the Phone

Group Listen softkeys are displayed if Group Listen mode is enabled by the administrator on Cisco Unified Communications Manager. However, these softkeys cannot be configured by using the Cisco Unified Communications Manager softkey template.

GListen—Activates Group Listen on the phone. Displayed when Group Listen mode is enabled by the administrator but not activated on the phone. Once Group Listen is activated on the phone (by pressing GListen), users can deactivate it by hanging up the handset or by pressing GLOff.

GLOff—Deactivates Group Listen on the phone. Displayed when Group Listen mode is enabled by the administrator and activated on the phone.


Note If Group Listen mode is enabled in Cisco Unified Communications Manager, the GListen and GLOff softkeys replace the Monitor and MonOff softkeys on the phone.


Headset

Although Cisco Systems performs internal testing of third-party headsets for use with the Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco does not certify or support products from headset or handset vendors.

Cisco recommends the use of good quality external devices, for example, headsets that are screened against unwanted radio frequency (RF) and audio frequency (AF) signals. Depending on the quality of headsets and their proximity to other devices such as cell phones and two-way radios, some audio noise or echo may still occur. An audible hum or buzz may be heard by either the remote party or by both the remote party and the Cisco Unified IP Phone user. Humming or buzzing sounds can be caused by a range of outside sources; for example, electric lights, electric motors, or large PC monitors. See Using External Devices with Your Cisco Unified IP Phone, for more information.


Note In some cases, hum may be reduced or eliminated by using a local power cube or power injector.


These environmental and hardware inconsistencies in the locations where Cisco Unified IP Phones are deployed means that there is not a single headset solution that is optimal for all environments.

Cisco recommends that customers test headsets in their intended environment to determine performance before making a purchasing decision and deploying in mass quantities.


Note The Cisco Unified IP Phone 7906G and 7911G supports wideband headsets.


Audio Quality Subjective to User

Beyond the physical, mechanical and technical performance, the audio portion of a headset must sound good to the user and to the party on the far end. Sound quality is subjective and Cisco cannot guarantee the performance of any headsets. However, a variety of headsets from leading headset manufacturers have been reported to perform well with Cisco Unified IP Phones. See manufacturer's sites for details.

Connecting a Headset

To connect a headset to the Cisco Unified IP Phone, plug it into the RJ-9 Handset port on the back of the phone. Depending on headset manufacturer's recommendations, an external amplifier may be required. Refer to headset manufacturer's product documentation for details.

You can use the headset with all of the features on the Cisco Unified IP Phone, including using the Volume button.

Using External Devices with Your Cisco Unified IP Phone

The following information applies when you use external devices with the Cisco Unified IP Phone:

Cisco recommends the use of good quality external devices (headsets) that are shielded (screened) against unwanted radio frequency (RF) and audio frequency (AF) signals.

Depending on the quality of these devices and their proximity to other devices such as mobile phones or two-way radios, some audio noise may still occur. In these cases, Cisco recommends that you take one or more of the following actions:

Move the external device away from the source of the RF or AF signals.

Route the external device cables away from the source of the RF or AF signals.

Use shielded cables for the external device, or use cables with a better shield and connector.

Shorten the length of the external device cable.

Apply ferrites or other such devices on the cables for the external device.

Cisco cannot guarantee the performance of the system because Cisco has no control over the quality of external devices, cables, and connectors. The system will perform adequately when suitable devices are attached using good quality cables and connectors.


Caution In European Union countries, use only external headsets that are fully compliant with the EMC Directive [89/336/EC].

Installing the Cisco Unified IP Phone

You must connect the Cisco Unified IP Phone to the network and to a power source before using it. See Figure 3-2, Figure 3-3, and Figure 3-4 for a graphical overview of the procedures that follow.


Note Before you install a phone, even if it is new, upgrade the phone to the current firmware image.

Before using external devices, read the "Using External Devices with Your Cisco Unified IP Phone" section for safety and performance information.


To install a Cisco Unified IP Phone, perform the tasks described in Table 3-1.

Table 3-1 Installing a Cisco Unified IP Phone 

Task
Purpose
Related Topics

1.

Connect the footstand to the back of the phone. See Figure 3-1 and Figure 3-2.

2.

Connect the handset to the Handset port.

3.

Connect the power supply to the Cisco DC Adapter port (DC48V).

(Optional) When connecting phones powered by an external power supply, you must connect the power supply to the phone before connecting the Ethernet cable to the phone.

When disconnecting the phone, you must disconnect the Ethernet cable before disconnecting the power supply.

See the "Providing Power to the Cisco Unified IP Phones 7906G and 7911G" section.

4.

Connect a Category 3 or 5 straight-through Ethernet cable from the switch to the 10/100 SW port.

Each Cisco Unified IP Phone ships with one Ethernet cable in the box.

See the "Network and Access Ports" section for guidelines.

5.

(Cisco Unified IP Phone 7911G only) Connect a Category 3 or 5 straight-through Ethernet cable from another network device, such as a desktop computer, to the 10/100 PC port.

(Optional) You can connect another network device later if you do not connect one now.

See the "Network and Access Ports" section for guidelines.


Figure 3-1 Connecting the Footstand (Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7906G Shown)

Figure 3-2 Connecting the Footstand (Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7911G Shown)

Figure 3-3 Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7906G Cable Connections

1

Network port (10/100 SW)

4

AC-to-DC power supply

2

Handset port

5

AC power cord

3

DC Adapter port (DC48V)

   

Figure 3-4 Cisco Unified IP Phone Model 7911G Cable Connections

1

Network port (10/100 SW)

4

DC Adapter port (DC48V)

2

Access port (10/100 PC)

5

AC-to-DC power supply

3

Handset port

6

AC power cord


Related Topics

Before You Begin

Mounting the Phone to a Wall

Configuring Startup Network Settings

Mounting the Phone to a Wall

You can mount the Cisco Unified IP Phone on a wall by using the back of the phone as a mounting bracket or you can use special brackets available in a Cisco Unified IP Phone wall mount kit. (Wall mount kits must be ordered separately from the phones.) If you attach the phone to a wall by using the back of the phone and not the wall mount kit, you need to supply the following tools and parts:

Screwdriver

Screws to secure the Cisco Unified IP phone to the wall

Before You Begin

To ensure that the handset attaches securely to a wall-mounted phone, remove the handset wall hook from the handset rest, rotate the hook 180 degrees, and reinsert the hook. Turning the hook exposes a lip on which the handset catches when the phone is vertical. For an illustrated procedure, refer to the Installing the Universal Wall Mount Kit for the Cisco Unified IP Phone document at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/phones/ps379/prod_installation_guides_list.html


Caution Use care not to damage wires or pipes located inside the wall when securing screws to wall studs.

Procedure


Step 1 Remove the footstand if it is attached to the phone.

Step 2 Insert two screws into a wall stud, matching them to the two screw holes on the back of the phone.

Step 3 Hang the phone on the wall.


Verifying the Phone Startup Process

After the Cisco Unified IP Phone has power connected to it, the phone begins its startup process by cycling through these steps.

1. These buttons blink or flash on and off:

Handset light strip

Hold button

Applications Menu button

2. The screen displays the Cisco Systems, Inc., logo screen.

3. These messages display as the phone starts:

Configuring IP

Updating CTL

Verifying Load

Configuring CM List

Registering

4. The main screen displays:

Current date and time

Directory number

Softkeys

If the phone successfully passes through these stages, it has started up properly. If the phone does not start up properly, see the "Resolving Startup Problems" section.

Configuring Startup Network Settings

If you are not using DHCP in your network, you must configure these network settings on the Cisco Unified IP Phone after installing the phone on the network:

IP address

IP subnet information

Default gateway IP address

Domain name

DNS server IP address

TFTP server IP address

Collect this information and see the instructions in Chapter 4 "Configuring Settings on the Cisco Unified IP Phone."

Configuring Security on the Cisco Unified IP Phone

The security features protect against several threats, including threats to the identity of the phone and to data. These features establish and maintain authenticated communication streams between the phone and the Cisco Unified Communications Manager server, and digitally sign files before they are delivered.

For more information about the security features, see the "Understanding Security Features for Cisco Unified IP Phones" section. Also, refer to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Security Guide.

A Locally Significant Certificate (LSC) installs on phones after you perform the necessary tasks that are associated with the Certificate Authority Proxy Function (CAPF). You can use Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration to configure an LSC, as described in Cisco Unified Communications Manager Security Guide.

Alternatively, you can install an LSC from the Security Configuration menu on the phone. This menu also lets you update or remove an LSC.

Before You Begin

Make sure that the appropriate Cisco Unified Communications Manager and the Certificate Authority Proxy Function (CAPF) security configurations are complete:

The CTL file should have a CAPF certificate.

On Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration, verify that the CAPF certificate has been installed

The CAPF is running and configured.

The phone should have the correct load file. To verify the image, press the Applications Menu button and choose Settings > Model Information.

Refer to Cisco Unified Communications Manager Security Guide for more information.

To configure an LSC on the phone, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 Obtain the CAPF authentication code that was set when the CAPF was configured.

Step 2 From the phone, press the Applications Menu button and choose Settings > Security Configuration.


Note You can control access to the Settings Menu by using the Settings Access field in the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration Phone Configuration window. For more information, see Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration Guide.


Step 3 Press **# to unlock settings on the Security Configuration menu. (See the "Unlocking and Locking Options" section for information using locking and unlocking options.)


Note If a Settings Menu password has been provisioned, SIP phones present an "Enter password" prompt after you enter **#.


Step 4 Scroll to LSC and press the Update softkey.

The phone prompts for an authentication string.

Step 5 Enter the authentication code and press the Submit softkey.

The phone begins to install, update, or remove the LSC, depending on how the CAPF was configured. During the procedure, a series of messages displays in the LSC option field in the Security Configuration menu so that you can monitor progress. When the procedure completes successfully, the phone will display Installed or Not Installed.

The LSC install, update, or removal process can take a long time to complete. You can stop the process at any time by pressing the Stop softkey from the Security Configuration menu. (Settings must be unlocked before you can press this softkey.)

When the phone successfully completes the installation procedure, it displays "Success." If the phone displays, "Failure," the authorization string may be incorrect or the phone may not enabled for upgrading. Refer to error messages generated on the CAPF server and take appropriate actions.

You can verify that an LSC is installed on the phone by pressing the Applications Menu button, then choosing Settings > Model Information, and ensuring that the LSC setting shows Installed.


Related Topic

Understanding Security Features for Cisco Unified IP Phones