Jabra Updates

Jabra has had a couple of updates of late for Jabra Direct, the software for managing Jabra endpoints on your desktop and updating firmware’s.  The one in March had a minor update with the Avaya Equinox 3.0 addition to the softphone list.  The other one in January was definitely of more interest:  Release Notes:

  • Preferred Software Settings e.g. Evolve80 for Skype for Business, Jabra 510 for Skype
  • Support for Noise at Works standards for Evolve and Stealth’s for providing additional noise protection.
    • Basic PeakStop protection against sound spikes
    • IntelliTone average daily audio exposure
    • Australian acoustic safety guideline (G.616)

I have not had any firmware update issues in the last couple of years.  I never bricked any before, but sure came close on the older software and models.  Still kind of miss my Biz 2400, hopefully my past customers/users are still happy with that model too.

Currently I enjoy an Evolve 80.  While a little on the heavy side and crushes my hair, the sound is phenomenal for noise cancellation and music.  You do need the Jabra Direct software to enable Optimize audio for Music mode.  IF you haven’t updated the firmware on your Evolve 40/80, you definitely want to.  There was a noticeable improvement in the Dec 2016 3.0.0 update with the audio.  I had the occasional pop, and a low end static.  Probably most people might not have noticed, but my bat-ears did.

Oh look a bird…  I remember one day getting unusually irritated at work, couldn’t figure out why.  I leaned back to try and calm myself and gather my head.  I then realized that my laptop was emitting and high pitched ennnnnnnnnnnnnnnh sound, kind of like the most annoying sound in the world as performed by Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber.  No one else could hear it, but I could.  I started turning things off, and ended up turning of my Bluetooth.  Bingo.  Wth.  I can hear water dripping in another part of my house, someone touching the thermostat, and electronics dying apparently.  Drives my wife nuts what my ears are tuned into.

March 8, 2017 firmware 3.1.0 was released for 40/80’s.  Enjoying it right now, zero complaints.

Other recent updates that I could find:

  • Speak 810 – 2017/01/25 v1.4
    • Improved microphone performance
    • minor bug fixes
  • Stealth – 2016/12/09 v1.29
    • Fixed an issue where the LED in some cases did not turn on when charging
  • Evolve 65 – 2016/12/12 v2.0
    • Feature and stability improvements

 

 

SpectraLink 84-Series Update

Spectralink appears to be putting in a concerted effort to stay in the game, so to speak, releasing a new firmware two days ago for their Spectralink 84-Series.  Of course they are the only wireless handset in the Skype/Lync realm these days.  The 3 most recent firmware releases have been Skype for Business focused, though there isn’t any specific color branding and the “Base Profile” is still Lync, but under Contacts it does say Sfb Contacts.

With previous builds I had problems with two-way audio when using the 2.4 Ghz WiFi band, that issue appears to be gone for me with 5.2.2.1128.  Both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands are working great now, with naturally longer range on 2.4 band.

Calendaring functionality with Exchange Online appears to be working well, so it does working somewhat with Office 365.  Currently I do not have a Skype Online account to test against for full Office 365 compatibility.  The Solutions Catalog does not list the device as Office 365 supported but that last validation check appears to be in 2013, but at least Voice Mail and Calendar integration with Exchange Online works well and an on premises Skype for Business deployment.

There have been a number of changes which can be found in the Release Notes, but most notably are listed below:

  • DND can be removed from menus
  • Implement new alternative ICE stack into 84xx replacing previous implementation with confirmed equivalent functionality between ICE stacks
  • Corporate Directory Refresh corrected when Contacts entries update their Presence
  • updated to clarify Contact/Call List menu options (Local/SfB/Corporate/Call Lists)
  •  SimRing to PSTN prevents call transfer (Corrected)
  • SRTP/RTP No Audio when have SimRing enabled (Corrected)
  • No call to series connected RGS Workflows (Corrected)
  • Ability to turn off backlight of display when in charger

I think my only wish list item would be to disable the IM functionality, and have it just be a wireless Skype phone.