Sipura SPA-3000

  • Editors' rating
    7.0 Very good

Pros

  • Can be used as an analogue phone adapter or a PBX gateway
  • interactive voice response system for initial setup

Cons

  • Single line
  • complicated management interface and setup

Unlike the other VoIP gateways we have tested, the SPA-3000 from Sipura can only be used to handle a single PBX extension. However, for many teleworker applications that’s all you really need. And at just over £80 (ex. VAT), the Sipura gateway is a very cost-effective solution.

There are two ways in which the SPA-3000 can be configured, depending on where it’s sited. At the PBX end, the FXO port is used to connect to a local switchboard extension, with the Sipura hardware then acting as a gateway with support for a range of telephony features such as calls on hold, call forwarding, conferencing and so on. At the remote office, a phone is attached to the FXS port and the FXO port connected to the dial-up line for failover and direct PSTN calls -- the latter are selected by dialling a special prefix. Alternatively, you can use an IP phone or PC with a softphone application at the remote office location.

The gateway itself is little bigger than a modem, housed in a small metal box with the FXS/FXO ports at one end and a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port at the other. Initial setup is done using a built-in interactive voice response (IVR) system, accessed by dialling a special code from the attached phone. Using this, an IP address can be quickly assigned or DHCP configured, with the remaining setup and subsequent management done via a browser.

The interface here is straightforward enough, but the sheer number of settings makes it a little daunting to begin with. Also, the SPA-3000 only supports SIP signalling, not H.323, which means it has to register with a SIP server or provider even when being used for long-line extension. The only documentation supplied with the unit is a short quick-start guide aimed at home users, so you'll need to download a more comprehensive manual from Sipura's Web site before proceeding.

In fact, a lot of the parameters can be left alone and the manual does include some helpful examples. Using these we were eventually able to get the Sipura gateway to work as required and had no problems with call quality or handling. However, configuring the dial plans that specify how calls are to be routed isn’t something for the average teleworker.

That said, most companies will have a reseller install the hardware or send out pre-configured units. In such situations the SPA-3000's complexity is likely to be outweighed by its very low buy-in price.

Specifications

General
Form Factor external
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Processor / Memory / Storage
Type none
Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards FCC Part 15 B, FCC Part 68
Networking
Remote Management Protocol HTTPS
Status Indicators port status
Network / Transport Protocol VoIP
Features DiffServ support
Data Link Protocol Ethernet
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3
Connectivity Technology wired
Interface Provided
Type network, phone line
Interface Ethernet 10Base-T, FXS, FXO
Qty 1
Connector Type RJ-45, RJ-11
IP Telephony
VoIP Protocols SIP v2
Voice Codecs G.726
Telephony Interfaces 1 phone (FXS)
IP Telephony Features echo cancellation (G.165)
Hard Drive
Type none.
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 113 °F
Header
Brand Sipura
Product Line Sipura
Model SPA-3000
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.7 in
Depth 4.3 in
Height 1.4 in
Weight 1.1 lbs
Cable Details
Type network cable, phone cable
Form Factor external
Included Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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