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Installation Overview

Use the overview information below as a quick reference to prepare the Business Communications Manager (BCM200/400) for installation. The overview information provides the correct installation sequence.


Select the media bay modules you require.

The number of telephone lines and extensions you have determines the number and type of media bay modules you need.


Install the BCM and (optional) expansion unit

The BCM base function tray performs the main computing tasks. It contains the telephony and data networking components. If your system requires more than two (BCM200) or four (BCM400) media bay modules, you must install an Expansion Unit.


Set the media bay module switches.

Before you install the media bay modules, you must set the switches on the back of the modules to select the DS30 bus the modules will use to access lines and extensions (DNs). Refer to Digital Station Module DIP Settings.


Install the media bay modules.

After you have set the DIP switches, install the media bay modules into the BCM or the expansion unit. Refer to Installing BCM Modules.


Power up the base and expansion units.

When you have the main hardware connected, start the system to ensure the first level of hardware and software is working. Refer to Check System power and Status.


Connect data networking equipment.

The data networking components of the Business Communications Manager system provide network connection to your local area network (LAN) and/or your wide area network (WAN). Refer to the First Time Installation Guide.


Initialize the system.

Systems are shipped with a default IP and subnet mask. You must change these settings to suit your system. Use a computer to access the Quick Start Wizard (this method is used to perform system configuration).


Connect the telephony components.

The telephony components (media bay modules) of the BCM system provide call processing and connection to the public telephone system. Refer to the Module Wiring Charts.


Install any optional mobile equipment.

The Companion system provides wireless service between mobile sets and stationary sets within the BCM system. The DECT module provides system connection for cordless handsets that can act as mobile sets or as standalone sets.


Set up system and set configurations.

Refer to the BCM 3.0 Programming Operations Guide (pdf) to set up basic telephony and data configurations.

Refer to the separate application guides to set up optional applications such as call management or voice over IP functions.

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