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DIY Multi Line Systems for Home Office

Most start up business owners prefer a Do-It-Yourself approach when it comes to installing equipment. That is because budgets are tight and hiring a professional to do the job can be quite expensive. Fortunately, many modern office equipment are easy to install, understand and use. If you are in the market for a multiline phone system for your home office, check out the following.

Orchid 308+

This is a multiline cordless phone solution that offers unique opportunities to operate up to three telephone lines in your home office. This is an entry level PBX system that is both reliable and affordable. You will be able to manage more than one line and have up to eight extensions.

It is very easy to install and configure. Even if you don’t have prior experience, you will be able to do the job thanks to the supplied CD which contains easy to follow notes on the installation, a user guide and information on programming. You can have the advantages of a traditional PBX system without having to pay a premium for unwanted features and expensive installation.

You can use the eight extension ports to work with both corded and cordless phones to suit your needs. It offers a range of basic PBX features that include call forwarding, transfer and conferencing.

You can also configure the system to suit your individual requirements. You can record your own outgoing message with the Auto Attend function. Dial 9 if you want to make a traditional call. You can set another digit for IP calls to keep call costs down. It contains a music on hold port so that you can connect a music device so incoming callers will hear music or a company message while on hold.

Step-by-step guide on installation

Check out how easy it is to install this system.

Step 1

Your PBX system should be near a mains power socket and incoming line sockets. You can wall mount the unit. Plug in the mains power lead and switch on. You will see a red LED power light.

Step 2

Connect the unit to your incoming phone line sockets using the black line connector leads. There are cable ties provided so that you can tidy up the cables.

Step 3

Find out how far away the phones are going to be. Connect the first phone into extension 21. You can use extension adaptors and cable clips if you need a further installation.

Step 4

Set up your exchange line. The Orchid 308+ is already pre-configured for three lines. If you only have 1 or 2 lines connected, you need to set up the system differently.

For 1 line

  • Dial the default password (1234) on extension 21. You will hear a beep.
  • Press *311#. You will hear another beep.
  • Hang up

For 2 lines

  • Dial the default password on extension 21. You will hear a beep.
  • Press *3112#. You will hear another beep.
  • Hang up

You can find further information about installation and configuration online. You can also contact Customer Service if you encounter any problems and find more information here on types of multi-line systems.

Orchid KS832

Another great DIY system is the Orchid KS832. It has eight analog lines and can have up to 32 extensions. It is great for any business that is on a budget. This system is fantastic value for your money. Orchid has been known for their quality phones so you can be sure that you are getting a good product.

If you only require basic features such as call transfers and forwarding, this is a great choice. It also comes with an Auto Attendant, Extension Caller ID and Hold with Multiple Call Handling. This 32-user/8-line system is great for mid-size businesses that need a reliable but easy to install system. You can expand this system to 8 more extra lines and another 32 extensions if you need them in the future.

Orchid 206

This system comes with two lines and six extensions. It is an easy DIY system.

Key features include call forwarding, transfer, pick up and conferencing. It has 2 exchange lines. Flexible ringing assignment is available. It features an auto attendant with 12-second OGM. It includes Direct Dial Extensions. There are 6 levels of programmable call restrictions. It is caller ID compatible.

You can buy other accessories for this system such as the Panasonic or BT DECT phone, BT Answer Phone, etc.

The basic price of this package is £150/$234.

Orchid 416

This system is ideal for your office use. It comes with four lines and 16 extensions. It is an easy DIY system.

Its key features include four exchange lines and 16 extensions, 201-216. Flexible ringing assignment is possible. An auto attendant with 12-second OGM is available. It includes the following basic features – call transfer, call forwarding, call pick up and conference call. There is a comfort tone on hold with external port. Direct dial extensions are available too. It is caller ID compatible. There are 6 levels of programmable call restrictions. Optional doorphone and doorlock are available.

The special package price of this system is £240/$374. It is compatible with Panasonic and BT DECT phones as well as BT Answer Phones.

DIY phone systems are readily available in the market. You can search online for smart, affordable packages. Some suppliers will give you a discount so it does not hurt to ask. Do not forget to ask about extra charges such as delivery and taxes. Some suppliers do not include this in their advertised prices. Also, if you know you are going to expand soon, try to invest in a system that can easily be expanded in the future without hurting your budget.

Author: Yazz

Yazz is a trained telecommunications engineer with a diploma in telecommunications. He has spent the last 15 years working for Telefonica, one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world.