I’ve been wanting to get my hands on an iPad2 long enough for a while to try out a perhaps unexpected way to use it for video calls with our internal Cisco VCS/VCS-X/TMS/Tandberg Endpoints, Cisco Video Phones, Cisco Immersive TP endpoints environment.
The unexpected way? Use the Polycom mobile app announced and released a few weeks ago.
I picked up a few iPad2’s tonight, and got some time while the wife and kids were away to hack at it for a while.
So far I’ve tested successful 2-way video calls between the iPad2 and:
- Cisco Movi 4.2 running on iMac 27″
- Cisco Movi 4.2 running on MacBook Pro
- Cisco Cius running firmware sipcius.9-2-1SR2-21SEC through call to MCU 4501
- Cisco Cius running firmware sipcius.9-2-1SR2-21SEC through call to Cisco TPS
Directly dialing between the Cius and the iPad2 results in only audio coming from the Cius to the iPad2.
I’ve also tested and expect it is working (but can’t verify the other side of the call) calls to:
- Cisco C40 registered to VCS-Control (whereas I’m registered to the Expressway)
- Cisco EX60 registered to VCS-Control
Lastly (cuz I need sleep) I tested presentation from the Movi client and it worked successfully.
A few screen shots showing what settings I used:
This is the main settings screen. I ignored the Polycom specific settings:
Now for the SIP settings – I haven’t gotten H323 calls working just yet:
I blurred out the specific settings, however you will want to set them as the following:
- SIP Proxy Server – set this to your external VCS Expressway address (I’m using DNS, haven’t tried IP) – exactly how you would have it setup in your Movi client
- SIP Registrar Server – Same as above
- Domain – your domain – for me it was simply inxi.com. Exactly what you would use for your Movi client.
- SIP User Name – This is the SIP address you will register with. I’ve played with this a bit and found that as long as you can authenticate, you can tweak your SIP URI. As such you can call me @ firstname.lastname@example.org if my client is running. It also works to register as the same URL you use for Movi (most practical) and the Expressway will ring all of your logged in Movi endpoints.
- Authorized Name – This is the login name, no @domain or DOMAIN was needed for me.
- SIP Password – Password you would use to login to Movi
- Transport Protocol – UDP – didn’t work on TCP
From what I understand there has been a Tandberg Movi app for several years that simply hasn’t seen the light of day. Here’s to hoping I can get my hands on a real Cisco video client for the iPad and Android soon!
UPDATE: I also tried out the ClearSea service and am rather displeased at the full-court bait and switch they employ. They offer a service, and then e-mail you a few days later to let you know you are on a trial and you are going to be limited to a nearly useless account if you don’t cough up $40/month. Screen shot below shows pricing.