Polycom SoundStation 2 versus SoundStation 2 Expandable

How do I find which version of Polycom Sound Station is right for me?

The Sound Station 2 or the Sound Station 2 EX?

If you’ve been hunting around for a Polycom Sound Station 2 conference phone you’ve probably seen that there’s two variants, the standard Sound Station2 and the Sound Station 2 EX

So what’s the difference between the SoundStation 2 and the 2 EX?

Simple – the EX means expandable, which means you can add a twin set of extra microphones. The standard version has no expansion capability

So which Sound station model should I choose?

This depends on the number of users that are going to be around the unit.

The more people you have in the meeting room, the more chance that someone is sat quite a distance from the conference unit. The standard unit will comfortably pick up voice from someone approx.. 2 metres away from the unit. Beyond that you may need to consider adding extra microphones.

How many users will each Polycom Conference phone variant suit?

Polycom SoundStation 2:
As a guide six or seven people can sit around the standard unit, no extra microphones required.

Polycom Soundstation 2 – Expandable
Eight to twelve people, and you will probably need to add extra microphones.

Don’t forget to consider the future

If you are confident there will never be more than six people, then the standard version is fine. If there may be more and you want to future proof yourself, then opt for the EX version. There’s no upgrade from standard to EX, so if there’s any doubt opt for the expandable version. You don’t need to purchase the extra microphones with it at the start. You can purchase these at a later date, if and when required.

Did you know there is a Wireless Polycom Sound Station?

Please note there’s a wireless version of the Sound Station 2 (The Polycom Sound Station 2W)

This is only available in an “EX” expandable version, so its already future proof.

And if you want to know how easy it is to set up the Polycom SoundStation 2 (+EX version)

You can read our previous blog post:

How do I connect my Polycom SoundStation 2 to my phone lines?

Connecting a polycom sound station 2 conference phone to analogue lines

How do I connect my Polycom SoundStation 2 to my phone lines?

So you’ve got your brand new Polycom Sound Station (sometimes known as a spider phone) and you’re ready to go. You just need to connect it to the outside world and get your conference started.

To understand how it connects, the best thing to do is to simplify what you have, think of your new Polycom Sound Station 2 as a basic analogue telephone. Essentially that’s exactly what it is, albeit with some very powerful microphones and speakers.

However, for the purpose of understanding how to connect it, simply view it as an analogue phone

 

Will my Sound Station connect directly to a phone line?

Yes, it will plug directly into an analogue phone line, just like your line at home or your fax line at work. Plug it directly into the wall socket and away you go, it will work quite happily.

 

Can I connect my Polycom Sound Station to my business telephone system?

It’s more likely that you want to use your conference phone in the office, and that you have a business phone system there which you want to connect to.

This is fine, you can run your Polycom Sound Station by connecting it as a telephone extension and dialling via your phone system.

When you plug the unit into a wall socket, the socket must wire back to an analogue extension port on your phone system. Pretty much all business phone systems will have the capability of connecting an analogue phone. If you have structured cabling (Category 5) this may need a socket patching to an analogue connection.

If you’re not techy, and this seems complicated simply run this information past your IT contact or your telephone system maintainer. To them this will be very straight forward, and they’ll have you up and running very quickly.

 

We use Skype for Business; can I connect my Polycom Sound Station 2 to my PC?

You can’t use the Sound Station 2, you need a different version. Polycom have a range of compatible IP conference units that connect by USB.
We recommend the following: The Polycom IP5000, the IP6000 and IP7000.

 

If you have any questions relating to the Polycom range of conference units you can call us on 0800 644 0424, we’ll be very pleased to help you