Can anyone tell me what the main differences are between Cisco 500 and Cisco 7900 series phones?
I know that the 500 series is specifically designed for SMBs, but I am not sure if there is a comparison document available or what the main differences are?
Is it just purely scalability?
Any input would be appreciated.
Add one more bullet:
SPA5xx phones dont support point to point video telephony, where as Cisco IP 79xx phones do (with CUVA).
Here are differences between Cisco CP-500 and SPA500 series phones and Cisco 7900 series phones:
- CP-500 and SPA500 phones do not currently have octo line support, whereas most 7900 series phone models that are currently in production support octo lines.
- CP-500 and SPA500 phones support SPCP, which is the UC500-only version of SCCP, whereas the 7900 series phones support standard SCCP, which is also supported in CME on ISR platform, SRST, CMBE, and CUCM platforms.
- SPA500 phones also have support for third-party SIP systems, whereas no official third-party SIP support exists on the 7900 series phones, with the exception of the 7940 and 7960 phones. In addition, there is currently no official support or CCA configurability for SIP on SPA500 and 7900 series phones with the UC520, UC540, and UC560. The UC500 software packs only contain SCCP phone loads for 7900 series phones.
- SPA500 series phones are classified as Cisco Small Business Pro products and Cisco Small Business Pro service is sold on the SPA500 phones, whereas CP-500 and 7900 series phones are classified as traditional Cisco products and SMARTnet service is sold on CP-500 and 7900 series phones.
- The SPA500 phones support the SPA500S expansion module. The 7960, 7961, 7970, and 7971 phones support only the 7914 expansion module, which has been discontinued, and not the newer 7915 or 7916 expansion modules. The 7962, 7965, and 7975 phones support both the older 7914 expansion module, which has been discontinued, and the newer 7915 and 7916 expansion modules. The CP-500 phones and the other 7900 series phones do not have support for expansion modules.
- Gigabit Ethernet is available on the 7941G-GE, 7945, 7961G-GE, 7965, 7971, and 7975 phones, whereas the other 7900 series phones, the SPA500 phones, or CP-500 phones only have 10/100 Ethernet.
- The SPA525G phone has wireless, and the 792x phones (the 7920, 7921, and 7925 phones) are the only 7900 series phones with wireless capability.
- The SPA525G can be connected to a UC500 unit over a SSL VPN connection, whereas the 7900 series phones do not yet support SSL VPN connections to a UC500. The 7942G, 7945G, 7962G, 7965G, and 7975G phones have recently had SSL VPN capabilities added, but this capability is not yet supported with the UC500.
- The SPA525G has support for video surveillance, but the CP-500 and 7900 series phones do not support video surveillance.