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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000

Version 6.0.4

Polycom is pleased to announce the release of ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, version 6.0.4.

The ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 systems provide natural video conferencing interaction through the most advanced video communications technology, with

High-quality video

Crystal-clear audio

Enhanced security options

This document provides the latest information about version 6.0.4 software for ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 systems.

Topics

 

 

Page

What’s New in This Release?.......................................................................................................

1

State-of-the-Art Feature Review..................................................................................................

2

Superior Video with Support for the H.264 Standard ......................................................

2

AES Encryption Support.......................................................................................................

2

Easy System Configuration and Management...................................................................

3

Easy Software Updates and Upgrades................................................................................

3

Interoperability..............................................................................................................................

4

Feature Limitations .......................................................................................................................

7

Upgrade Details.............................................................................................................................

9

Where to Get the Latest Product Information .........................................................................

10

What’s New in This Release?

Necessary changes in the Viewstation hardware cause a minor difference in operation when using the snapshot features. All snapshot capabilities remain consistent, but in certain cases, the video preview prior to capturing the snapshot may be passed on to the far site. See the feature limitations section for details.

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

State-of-the-Art Feature Review

Superior Video with Support for the H.264 Standard

The H.264 standard provides 15 fps video at line rates below 192 Kbps and 30 fps at line rates from 192 to 384 Kbps. H.264 video is supported in both IP and ISDN calls.

Available as an option for existing systems. For information about adding the H.264 option to currently deployed systems, please contact your Polycom distributor.

Interoperates with other systems using H.264 standard implementations.

You can configure the system to use standards-based 50/60 fields video for calls at 512 Kbps and above.

Error Concealment allows IP calls to provide high-quality audio and video even over networks experiencing heavy traffic.

AES Encryption Support

Features of the encryption option include:

Standards-based encryption at all speeds up to 2Mbps, in IP and ISDN calls.

On-screen indicators show whether encryption is in use during calls.

Automatic encryption of point-to-point and multipoint calls is available.

Support for People+Content calls. Video and graphics streams are both encrypted.

ITU standard key exchange and key management.

Support for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved, FIPS 197 compliant 128-bit AES encryption with extended Diffie-Hellman key distribution recommended by the H.235 (version 3) standard for IP networks and the H.233/H.234 standard for ISDN networks.

Interoperates with VSX, iPower, and MGC.

Interoperates with other systems using the H.233/H.234/H.235 (version 3) standard encryption implementation.

For information about purchasing the encryption option, please contact your Polycom distributor.

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

Easy System Configuration and Management

The Address Book Utility is available through the web interface. This utility allows the system administrator to

back up systems’ address books in a central location,

edit address books, and

distribute the same address book to several systems.

System administrators can make chair control functionality inaccessible to users remotely using the PMAC application.

IP systems can be configured to get the time from a time server. This allows the system to record call times accurately in the CDR if the time server is available.

The alternate gatekeeper feature allows the ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, or VS4000 system to dynamically update its configured gatekeeper IP address when the gatekeeper changes IP address (for example, when a system administrator redirects network traffic to a different gatekeeper during maintenance and service).

System administrators can set QoS values (IP precedence or DiffServ) separately for video, audio, and far-site camera control.

Third-party applications for using and managing the systems require the same passwords as the ViewStation web interface.

Easy Software Updates and Upgrades

The ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 systems include one-year hardware warranty (30-day return upon receipt at factory) and 90-day software warranty. For the first year, software updates (bug fixes and maintenance releases) and software upgrades (feature releases) are also included.

Complete the one-time product registration form on the Polycom Resource Center website at http://extranet.polycom.com to access software downloads. Using the information provided as part of product registration, Polycom will make every effort to send you electronic notification of software releases as and when available.

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

Interoperability

The following table lists equipment that has been tested with the ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 systems.

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Model

 

 

Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.320 Endpoint Interoperability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

 

600 Series

 

5.0, 5.3, and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

900 Series

5.0, 5.3, and 6.0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

9000 Series

 

5.0, 5.3, and 6.0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

 

VSX Series

5.0 and later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony

 

PCS6000

5.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony

 

PCS-1

2.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

1000

 

 

B7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

6000

 

 

B7.1 and E3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

800

 

 

B7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

880

 

 

E3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCON

Media Connect 8000

4.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aethra

Vega Star Gold

4.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.323 Endpoint Interoperability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft

NetMeeting

3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft

NetMeeting

3.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

600 Series

5.0 and 5.3

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

900 Series

5.0 and 5.3

 

 

 

 

 

iPower

9000 Series

5.0 and 5.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

 

VSX Series

5.0 and later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony

 

PCS6000

5.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony

 

PCS-1

2.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

1000

 

 

B7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Model

 

 

Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

6000

 

 

B7.1 and E3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

800

 

 

B7.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg

880

 

 

E3.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCON

Media Connect 8000

4.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCON

Falcon

3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCU H.320 Interoperability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-25

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-50

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-100

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCU H.323 Interoperability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-25

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-50

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

MGC-100

5.12 and 6.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

MCU

 

2.2.0.9d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

ViaIP MCU

3.2.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway/Gatekeeper/T120 Server Interoperability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

 

MGC-100/gateway

6.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polycom

PathNavigator

5.0 and 5.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco

 

MCM Gatekeeper on the 3640 router

12.1 build 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco

2515 Gatekeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

L2W-323BRI Gateway/Gatekeeper

2.2.3.2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

L2W-323PRI Gateway/Gatekeeper

2.2.3.2.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

MCU Gatekeeper

 

2.2.1.0.9d

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

ViaIP Gateway

2.0.1.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADVision

 

ECS/viaIP Gatekeeper

2.0.2.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAC

 

DCS Server

3.2.0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firewall/NAT Interoperability

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

 

Manufacturer

 

 

Model

 

 

Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco router

 

 

 

12.2 build 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linksys

 

 

 

1.40.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NetGear

 

 

 

3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMC 7004BR

 

 

 

 

1.93s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siemens

 

 

 

1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco PIX

 

 

 

6.1.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

Feature Limitations

The following table lists known limitations of the ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 systems.

 

Feature

 

 

Limitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshots

 

In some cases, snapshot previewing does not behave as described in the

 

 

 

 

documentation.

 

 

 

 

You can send snapshots from any video source connected to the system, but in

 

 

 

 

some cases you will not be able to preview it without also sending the preview to

 

 

 

 

the far site.

 

 

 

 

As documented, pressing the snapshot button once allows you to see live video

 

 

 

 

from the selected snapshot source without sending it to the far site; the system

 

 

 

 

sends a snapshot when you press the snapshot button a second time.

 

 

 

 

In the following cases, however, the far site receives the preview as well as the

 

 

 

 

snapshot:

 

 

 

 

When the main camera (camera 1) is selected, and you preview a

 

 

 

 

 

snapshot from the VCR/DVD (camera 3), or vice-versa

 

 

 

 

When the second PTZ camera (camera 4) is selected, and you preview a

 

 

 

 

 

snapshot from the stationary camera (camera 2), or vice-versa

 

 

 

 

Affected systems have part numbers ending in -010, -011, -012, -051, or -052.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing content

 

When using a Visual Concert FX unit at 600 x 400 resolution, the PC’s VGA

 

 

 

 

refresh rate cannot be changed from 75 Hz to 85 Hz. When the Visual Concert

 

 

 

 

FX unit is set for 1024 x 768, the refresh rate cannot be changed from 60 Hz to

 

 

 

 

72 Hz. In these two instances, the system does not display a message to notify

 

 

 

 

the user that the selected refresh rate is not supported.

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware

 

On a Visual Concert FX unit with two microphone pods attached, disconnecting

 

connections

 

one microphone pod may cause the other microphone pod to work improperly. If

 

 

 

 

this happens, restart the system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware

 

The microphone pods and cables for the ViewStation systems are not

 

 

 

interchangeable with those designed for use with VSX systems.

 

compatibility

 

 

 

 

The power supply provided with ViewStation EX and ViewStation FX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

systems is not interchangeable with the power supply used for other

 

 

 

 

 

ViewStation products. Do not use any power supply except the one

 

 

 

 

 

provided with your system. The product warranty will be void if you use any

 

 

 

 

 

power supply other than the one provided with the system.

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ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

 

Feature

 

 

Limitations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interoperability

 

In H.320 calls between a Tandberg system running the beta version of the

 

 

 

E4.0 software and a ViewStation FX running version 6.01 software, the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tandberg system is unable to control the ViewStation FX camera.

 

 

 

 

 

However, the ViewStation FX system is able to control the Tandberg

 

 

 

 

 

system's camera. This is a Tandberg issue.

 

 

 

 

The system is unable to place encrypted calls through the Cisco PIX

 

 

 

 

 

firewall.

 

 

 

 

The system cannot make encrypted multipoint calls through the Tandberg

 

 

 

 

 

MCU using version 3.0 software.

 

 

 

 

The system is unable to place encrypted calls through the Ezenia MCU.

 

 

 

 

The system cannot place encrypted H.323 calls to Aethra VegaStar Gold

 

 

 

 

 

systems.

 

 

 

 

When placing calls through the MGC MCU, the call may be placed

 

 

 

 

 

incorrectly if the extension is entered in the number field. The call will be

 

 

 

 

 

dialed correctly if the extension is entered in the extension field.

 

 

 

 

Video may display incorrectly in multipoint ISDN calls through a Tandberg

 

 

 

 

 

MCU if the display is configured for discussion mode.

 

 

 

 

In calls using a RADVision ECS gatekeeper running a software version

 

 

 

 

 

before 3.5 and set for routed mode (Call setup Q.931 and Call control

 

 

 

 

 

H245), the system may be unable to share content properly. This can be

 

 

 

 

 

prevented by setting the RADVision ECS for direct mode.

 

 

 

 

In some low-speed calls, the system is unable to share content properly

 

 

 

 

 

with Tandberg and Sony systems.

 

 

 

 

Far site mute indications are not available in calls with Aethra VegaStar

 

 

 

 

 

Gold systems.

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

Upgrade Details

To upgrade your software via the Internet:

1.From your PC, go to http://extranet.polycom.com, and download the appropriate software update file for your ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, or VS4000 system in .zip format.

2.Extract the software update file.

3.Double-click Softupdate.exe.

4.Click Softupdate, then enter the IP address of the system you want to update. Enter the administrator password, if required, and click OK to begin the upgrade.

5.In the System Info window, click Options.

6.Verify that the update options are set up according to your preferences:

To complete this task…

Do this:

 

 

Clear all entries from the local address book

Select Remove Address Book entries.

 

If you do not select this option, your address

 

book will be preserved.

 

 

Delete all system information including the

Select Remove System Files. You will need to

Administrator password and software option

go through the initial system setup if you select

key

this option.

 

If you do not select this option, your system

 

information will be preserved.

 

 

Allow the system to issue an IP address to a

Select Allow system to be a DHCP Server.

computer that you connect to it

The setting will not take effect if the system is

 

on a LAN with an active DHCP server.

Note: Do not use this setting if the system is

If the system has previously been configured as

connected to a LAN with a DHCP server

a DHCP server, it reverts to being a DHCP

 

client when it is connected to a LAN and

 

restarted.

 

 

Obtain all the software options you purchased,

1. Select Upload Option Key > Obtain

including those you added after the initial

authorized options from server.

purchase, without entering a license or

2. Enter your Polycom Resource Center user

software option key

name and password in the appropriate

fields.

 

 

Your system is updated with all of the options

 

you have purchased.

 

 

Obtain the software options you originally

1. Select Upload Option Key > Manual

purchased, using the software option key that

option key entry.

you received

2. Enter your software option key.

 

If you purchased more than one software

 

option when you purchased the system,

 

your software option key allows you to

 

update all the options you originally

 

purchased.

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ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

To complete this task…

Do this:

 

 

Register additional license keys with Polycom

To use individual license keys:

Resource Center

1.

Select Upload Option Key > Add new

 

 

 

software options > Licenses.

Note: Software option keys are issued by

2.

In the Licenses field, enter your software

Polycom Resource Center. They are not the

 

license key. You may enter two or more

 

license keys, using commas to separate

same as license keys. You may only enter one

 

 

them.

software option key for the SoftUpdate, but you

 

3.

Enter your Polycom Resource Center user

may enter several license keys.

 

 

name and password in the appropriate

 

 

fields.

 

To use a license file:

 

1.

Select Upload Option Key > Add new

 

 

software options > License File.

 

2.

Browse to the license file that you have

 

 

created using the system’s serial number

 

 

and license key.

 

 

This is a tab-delimited .txt file.

 

3.

Enter your Polycom Resource Center user

 

 

name and password in the appropriate

 

 

fields.

Save the SoftUpdate options that you select

Select Save Options.

 

 

 

Note: The Batch file option is not available at this time.

7.Click OK to return to the System Info screen.

8.In the System Info screen, click OK to upgrade the software.

While the system is being updated during the software upgrade, the monitor display may go blank. When the software upgrade is complete, the system restarts.

Caution: Do not power off the system until the software upgrade is complete.

Where to Get the Latest Product Information

To view the latest Polycom product documentation, visit the Documentation section of our website at www.polycom.com/videodocumentation.

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Release Notes

ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000, v. 6.0.4

Warranty and Registration

The ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 include one-year hardware warranty (30-day return upon receipt at factory) and 90-day software warranty. For the first year, software updates (bug fixes and maintenance releases) and software upgrades (feature releases) are also included.

Complete the one-time product registration form on the Polycom Resource Center website at http://extranet.polycom.com to access software downloads. Using the information provided as part of product registration, Polycom will make every effort to send you electronic notification of software releases as and when available.

Copyright Information

© 2005 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without the express written permission of Polycom, Inc.

Portions of the ViewStation EX, ViewStation FX, and VS4000 software are copyright © 2001 by Dr Brian Gladman. The following terms and disclaimer apply to Dr. Gladman’s AES encryption implementation:

Copyright © 2001, Dr Brian Gladman <brg@gladman.me.uk>, Worcester, UK. All rights reserved.

LICENSE TERMS

The free distribution and use of this software in both source and binary form is allowed (with or without changes) provided that:

1.distributions of this source code include the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer;

2.distributions in binary form include the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other associated materials;

3.the copyright holder's name is not used to endorse products built using this software without specific written permission.

DISCLAIMER

This software is provided 'as is' with no explicit or implied warranties in respect of its properties, including, but not limited to, correctness and fitness for purpose.

Polycom, Inc. retains title to, and ownership of, all proprietary rights with respect to the software contained within its products. The software is protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provision.

Trademark Information

Polycom®, ViewStation®, and the Polycom logo design are registered trademarks of Polycom, Inc. Visual Concert™, People+Content™, Conference On Demand™, PathNavigator™, and MGC™ are trademarks of Polycom, Inc.

All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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