Patton Expands SmartNode VOIP Gateway Series

The company introduced three models of its SmartNode VOIP platform, including an enterprise session border router.

Business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, voice over IP and mobile video-surveillance equipment manufacturer Patton Electronics announced the expansion of its SmartNode T1/E1/PRI line of VOIP solutions, aimed at small and midsize businesses. Patton's IBM-certified SmartNode VOIP product line now includes the SN4940 Gateway, SN4950 Gateway-Router, and enhanced SN4960 Enterprise Session Border Router (ESBR). Designed for deployment of SIP-trunking and media-gateway services, all three models are currently available for shipping.

The basic SN4940 media gateway series IP-enables traditional PBX systems for SIP trunking over an existing Internet connection, adds PSTN-breakout for number portability, or provides PSTN access for iPBX and unified communications. Providing one or four T1/E1/PRIs, gigabit Ethernet, and up to 120 VOIP or fax-over-IP channels, the SN4940 is designed to deliver flexible call routing, high-quality voice, and SmartNode reliability and interoperability for the transition to converged communications.

The SN4950 gateway-router series with dual Gig-Ethernet interfaces delivers SIP trunking and enterprise networking. Comprehensive IP-routing provides WAN optimization, active upstream and DownStreamQoS for enhanced voice quality, and secure VOIP-over-VPN with encrypted voice. The newly enhanced SN4960 ESBR helps pave the way to unified communications (UC) by integrating SIP and traditional phone systems with PSTN and VOIP services. The appliance adds new voice transcoding and SIP mediation capabilities to least-cost call routing, voice-and-data survivability, and other features.

"Why pay for a Swiss Army knife when you only need a screwdriver?" said Ramon Felder, president and CEO at Patton-Inalp. "Many VOIP vendors use a one-size-fits-all approach, forcing customers into an over-priced or underperforming solution. Scalable SmartNode products offer a selection of toolsets optimized for each application. Customers can choose the right model for their needs-at the best price."

Patton's high-precision clock option for PRI VoIP models enables first-line IP-telephony performance in demanding ISDN and DECT environments with fax and modem service, and optional built-in 11.4M bps broadband access via 4-wire G.SHDSL.bis in the SmartNode 4960 and 4950 series help lower hardware costs, simplifies network architecture, and streamlines service deployment, Felder said.

Scaling from two to 120 voice calls, SmartNode VOIP gateways, routers, IADs and Session Border Controllers (SBCs) offer nearly all industry-standard interfaces, including T1/E1, PRI/BRI, FXS/FXO, V.35/X.21, Ethernet, G.SHDSL, ADSL2+, and others. In addition, SmartNode S-DTA supports ISDN, SIP, H.323, and MGCP/IUA signaling. SmartWare also features touchless auto-provisioning, high reliability, and interoperability with all the major-brand softswitches and IP-PBXs.

The SmartNode Unified Communication Agent (UCA) provides any-to-any multi-path switching (simultaneous SIP, H.323, ISDN, and POTS calls with routing and conversion between TDM/PSTN and IP/Ethernet networks-plus T.38 and SuperG3 FAX) combined with dial-backup and IP-link redundancy for VoIP and data survivability. The UCA also provides VoIP-over-VPN security with encrypted voice via IPsec with AES/DES encryption and automated keying via Internet Key Exchange (IKE), plus SIP Registrar for presence and reachability.