ephone dn and ephone tag

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Jul 13th, 2007

ephone-dn and ephone associated with each other as far as the numbers are concerned? Say i select an ephone-dn 22 will my ephone tag also be 22? How are these associated with each other? Thanks for any help.

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mchandak Fri, 07/13/2007 - 07:22

If you are doing a manual configuration, it does not have to be the same. You can assign any ephone-dn to any ephone. For example, ephone-dn 22 can even be assigned to ephone 1.

If you do the auto assign, then the ephone and ephone-dn tag normally match, but there is no hard rule for the same as well

thompson_usmc Fri, 07/13/2007 - 10:34

One more question then. Do you eventually associate an ephone to an ephone-dn? How do the settings under either config come together at a single phone? I apologize if i'm missing a simple concept. Have never done any CME setups.....thanks again

rob.huffman Fri, 07/13/2007 - 11:19

Hi Greggory,

This doc has some nice explanations and configuration examples. Here is a clip;

Phones in Cisco Unified CME

An ephone, or "Ethernet phone," for SCCP or a voice-register pool for SIP is the software configuration for a phone in Cisco Unified CME. This phone can be either a Cisco Unified IP phone or an analog phone. Each physical phone in your system must be configured as an ephone or voice-register pool on the Cisco Unified CME router to receive support in the LAN environment. Each phone has a unique tag, or sequence number, to identify it during configuration.

Directory Numbers

A directory number, also known as an ephone-dn for SCCP or a voice-register dn for SIP, is the software configuration in Cisco Unified CME that represents the line connecting a voice channel to a phone. A directory number has one or more extension or telephone numbers associated with it to allow call connections to be made. Generally, a directory number is equivalent to a phone line, but not always. There are several types of directory numbers, which have different characteristics.

Each directory number has a unique dn-tag, or sequence number, to identify it during configuration. Directory numbers are assigned to line buttons on phones during configuration.

One virtual voice port and one or more dial peers are automatically created for each directory number, depending on the configuration for SCCP phones, or for SIP phones, when the phone registers in Cisco Unified CME.

The number of directory numbers that you create corresponds to the number of simultaneous calls that you can have, because each directory number represents a virtual voice port in the router. This means that if you want more than one call to the same number to be answered simultaneously, you need multiple directory numbers with the same destination number pattern.

The directory number is the basic building block of a Cisco Unified CME system. Six different types of directory number can be combined in different ways for different call coverage situations. Each type will help with a particular type of limitation or call-coverage need. For example, if you want to keep the number of directory numbers low and provide service to a large number of people, you might use shared directory numbers. Or if you have a limited quantity of extension numbers that you can use and you need to have a large quantity of simultaneous calls, you might create two or more directory numbers with the same number. The key is knowing how each type of directory number works and its advantages.

From this excellent CME doc;


Hope this helps!



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