PBX Systems

As IP PBX systems grow in popularity, a common challenge has emerged for IT staff: integrating critical legacy-based applications such as SMDR and Property Management Systems with an IP PBX.  Conversely, there is a significant installed base of legacy serial-based PBX systems that cannot communicate with newer, Ethernet-based applications. The solution: low cost device networking products with serial RS232 ports and an Ethernet interface.


iPocket232’s device networking products for PBX feature one or more serial RS232 ports, and an Ethernet port. Products such as the iPocket can connect legacy PBX systems to an enterprise Ethernet network via the RS232 port. Conversely, iPocket adapter can integrate legacy RS232-based applications (such as PMS in hotels), with newer IP PBX systems.

For use with PBXs from all manufacturers including Mitel, NEC, Nortel and Avaya, this simple ‘plug and play’ solution maximizes the use of data and enhances operational efficiency. For simple deployment and enhanced management of PBX systems, iPocket232 offers the NetVu management server. This tool suite is designed to streamline deployment and support with alerts, remote application download and monitoring.

How it Works

Connecting Applications and Devices to an IP PBX
By connecting the iPocket232 or Ether232Duo to one of the PBX’s Ethernet interfaces, the RS232 ports on the iPocket device become available for a PMS or other activities that require a serial interface.

Connecting Serial PBX to Ethernet LAN.WAN
Users of serial-based PBX systems can connect the iPocket232  or Ether232Duo to one of the PBX’s RS232 ports, leaving the device’s Ethernet port available to connect to the LAN/WAN. The user can now remotely update, troubleshoot and monitor the PBX from a local PC on the LAN/WAN in real-time.