IP Talk-Back Speakers

geopeterwc

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I purchased a Benbria Blazepoint IP Talk-Back Speaker from eBay, intending to use it as an overhead paging speaker. I assumed that the web-based interface to it would be adequately intuitive to configure it.

On reset (hold the reset for 30 seconds, then repower the speaker), the device audibly plays the IP address that it received via DHCP as expected. But, using a browser I'm unable to access the configuration page(s) to get things set up. I'm obviously missing something significant. (I've tried both HTTP and HTTPS to access the configuration pages.)

Documentation for the IP Talk-Back speaker was not included, and I've been unable to locate other than very high-level overview descriptions. The product line I understand was acquired from Benbria by Mitel - as part of Mitel's "Mass Notification" product line. But, Mitel has been of no help!

I'm hoping that someone might have an installation/configuration/user guide for this speaker and willing to provide a copy or share a link to the document online. Any help would be appreciated.

/Pete./
 
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I'd use nmap to scan for open ports, they are likely running http on an alt port I would guess.
 
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The company Benbria appears to exist still but they don't seem to deal with hardware anymore. You might consider contacting them directly to see if they can advise who took over their product line.
 

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Thank you, @atsak, @phonebuff and @kenn10. I ran nmap on the IP address of the speaker, and found only ports 80 and 5060 open. Multiple options using http and https, i.e., http://Speaker_IP/admin, .../setup, .../config and several others: no luck. I had previously contacted Benbria only to learn that the speaker product had teen transferred to Mitel. Mitel tech support referred me to CDW.com. After a long conversation with a rep at CDW, he agreed to probe Mitel for the necessary information. We'll see what happens on that front.

I've determined that a school district in California issued an RFP in late 2016 to upgrade their existing Benbria paging and announcement system. I intend to contact the IT folks there to see if any support/configuration information can be found.

Got my fingers crossed ...

/Pete./
 

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Looking at various google searches, I think that Algo maybe bought the VOIP paging stuff from Bembria and then Mitel took it over. I found a guide under Algo that may or may not be of any value. For what its worth, check this out: http://www.algosolutions.com/pdf/user_guides/8188 User Guide.pdf

There is also an Algo speaker locator program that can be downloaded using a link in that guide.
 

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THIS JUST IN: I got some information from another user (a California High School district) of the Benbria Blazepoint speakers ... and this is insightful: configuration of the speaker is accomplished using SSH (no nice GUI available) and the commands are cryptic at best. I'm hoping for a copy of the user guide in the coming days, so putting this IP Talk-Back speaker into service may still be in the cards!

But to get started, and after a manual reset of the speaker, launch a terminal or SSH session to: [email protected][assigned_IP]. At the prompt for the password, enter "admin". From there it's Linux commands, defined by Benbria and ultimately accepted by Mitel!

To see the available options, after logging in, type 'set ?'; the response will show what's available. Type the command, followed by a ?, and additional information will be presented.

It'll be a long slog to get the details configured, but for $37.50 on eBay (more than 10 available), and enough time ... we'll see where this goes!

/Pete./
 
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