Push-to-Talk (PTT) is a collaborative tool typically used with wireless handset phones, enabling you to exchange broadcasts with users subscribed to a PTT channel, much like a walkie-talkie. You can broadcast audio to a PTT channel and recipients subscribed to that channel can respond to your message. You can transmit PTT broadcasts using your handset, headset, or speakerphone and you can reject them, place them on hold, and end them at any time.
Note: PTT are available on all Polycom phones that use UC software 4.0.0 or later.
Note: this feature is only available between phones on the same physical local area network and requires multicast.
To configure Push-to-Talk:
- Log into the Polycom web configuration page. To do this, you need to get the phone's IP address by going on the phone to Menu > 2. Status > 2. Network > 1. TCP/IP Parameters.... Enter this IP address into your computer’s web browser to bring up the web interface.
- From the Settings menu choose Paging/PTT Configuration.
- Click the + sign next to Push-to-Talk to expand that section.
- Check Enable for PTT Mode.
- Give the Default Group a label to identify it (for example, Office). Make the Available, Send and Subscribe categories all yes.
- Multicast IP address and port number is defaulted to 18.104.22.168 and 5001
- Choose Save at the bottom of the screen and respond with yes to save the settings.
- Your phone will now show a new softkey labeled TALK.
- Repeat these steps for all the phones on the network you want to be paging-enabled.
- To PTT the office, press the TALK softkey on your phone and choose a group. Press and HOLD the TALK key. You can make your announcement after the beep.