The Polycom IP650 automatically gets its software from a boot server on the LAN, so first you have to bite the bullet and set up a boot server on your network. For this cookbook I installed both FTP and TFTP to see which to recommend. The TFTP server has the appeal of simplicity, but you can use the FTP server for other things and since it requires passwords it is may be more secure. The IP650 works fine with either, so if you don’t have a preference just flip a coin to choose.
Running your new FTP or TFTP server:
- Remember to open up the Windows Firewall on the boot server to the FTP or TFTP traffic – I did it by allowing the programs rather than specifying the ports.
- Download the latest firmware from Polycom’s download page; I used SoundPoint IP and SoundStation IP SIP 3.1.2RevB – Split download file and SoundPoint IP/SoundStation IP BootROM 4.1.2RevB.)
- Unzip the downloaded files into the FTP or TFTP directory on your boot server.
- Here is a list of the files that affect the phone configuration.