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Ben Cavill

2N Automation: Wake on LAN

We recently set up our 2N IP Vario to wake up our computers when we scan our key fobs to enter the office. This means that our employee’s computers are switched on and ready to go before they even arrive at their desk.

We did this by writing a web app which uses the ‘Wake on LAN’ protocol, this was then added to 2N’s automation feature. ‘Wake On LAN’ is an existing protocol supported by many desktop computers.

Once a user scans their key fob on the IP Vario it then sends a¬†HTTP request to our web app that includes the id of the key fob. The app then finds which user has scanned into the building by looking up the id of the key fob which was used and finds the associated user. With the username, the app then looks up the mac address for that user’s computer which calls Wake On LAN to broadcast a magic packet across the network. If the PC has power but is not turned on the computer will then boot.

Here is an example of the config we set up in our IP Vario’s automation:

<automation><row><name>Event.CardEntered</name><value>Card=valid;</value></row><row><name>Action.SendHttpRequest</name><value>Event=1; Uri=http://webapp.provu.co.uk?Id=$(1.Card)</value></row></automation>

Panasonic – TPA60/TGP600 How to transfer calls and switch between two simultaneous calls

This blog post will instruct you how to perform an attended transfer and switch between two calls on a TPA60 with the TGP600 base station.

What is an attended transfer? An attended transfer is where you speak to the person receiving the transfer before transferring the call.

To perform an attended transfer and switch between two calls follow the steps below:

    • Answer the call.

 

    • When you are ready to transfer the call press the transfer key, this will place the call on hold.

 

    • Enter the extension number of the person you want to transfer the call to and press the button labelled ‘call’ on the display.

 

    • When you want to switch between the two calls press the switch key.

 

    • When you are ready to connect the calls, hangup the DECT handset and the transfer will be completed.