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Conferencing Plantronics Savi Office and Savi W700 Headsets in Mixed Environments

With the introduction of Plantronics new Savi W700 multi connectivity wireless headset series and the phasing out of the Savi Office Wireless headset systems, we wondered how the multiple headset conferencing feature would function when the two model series are mixed in the same facility. We did some testing and found the answer to be YES, you can conference any mix of Savi Office and Savi W700 headsets and bases.

First, the basics.

Here is how you set up a multi headset conference:

To set-up Savi Office and/or Savi W700 conferencing:
1. Start your call on your master headset.
2. Place a 2nd same model* headset into your base charging cradle.
2a. Or, for Over-the-Air subscription, on the guest  headset, press the headset Volume Button Up “+” for 3 seconds until the Indicator Light on the side of the headset turns ON. (you will have to do this if the guest headset is a different model).
3. Press the Subscription Button on the host base for less than one second. The Subscription Light will flash yellow and green.
4. The light will turn solid yellow, you will also hear a tone in your host  headset.
5. You now have 5 seconds to press your Call Control Button on the master headset to accept your guest. Repeat steps 2-5 for adding additional headsets.
To exit or Disconnect – Your guests can exit the call by pressing their Call Control Button. When the host headset Call Control Button is pressed to end the conference call, all guests will be disconnected.

Below are illustrations of various Savi Office and and Savi W700 combinations we tried:

W710 Headset Conferenced to a W740 Host

W710 Headset Conferenced to a W740 Host

This as a Savi W710 guest headset conferenced in with a W740 host. Note that you can not mount this guest headset into the host charging cradle, so Over the Air subscription was used.

W740 Guset Headset Conferenced to a WO350 Host Base

W740 Guset Headset Conferenced to a WO350 Host Base

This s a Savi W740 guest headset conferenced to a Savi Office WO350 base. This is an example where a supervisor conferences and mutes their headset to a CSR host station to monitor and coach.

WO350 Guest Conferenced to a W740 Host

WO350 Guest Conferenced to a W740 Host

This illustrates a Savi Office WO350 guest joining a Savi W740 call.

The following table details the various combinations tested, with some notes on the steps required to set up the conference.

Savi Office and Savi 700 Series  Over the Air (Off Cradle) Conferencing

Guest Headset

WO100 Base (1)

WO350 Base (1)

W740 Base (2)

W710 Base (2)

WH100 earpiece Over the Air Yes Yes Yes (3) (4) Yes (3) (4)
WH350 headset Over the Air Yes Yes Yes (3) (4) Yes (3) (4)
Savi W740 earpiece Over the Air Yes Yes Yes (3) (4) Yes (3) (4)
Savi W710 earpiece Over the Air Yes Yes Yes (3) (4) Yes (3) (4)
(1) Conferencing to a Savi Office WOxxx Base: While on a call you can subscribe up to three additional headsets to your base for conferencing.a.) Place the guest’s headset into over-the-air subscription mode by pushing the headset volume up button for three seconds until the indicator light becomes solid green.b.) Short press (less than one second) the subscription button on the base.The subscription light will flash yellow and green.c.) The master headset will emit a tone indicating a guest wishes to join the call.

The subscription light will then turn solid green.

d.) Press the call control button on the master headset within five seconds.

The Base subscription LED will turn solid yellow. The guest is joined to the call.

If you do not press the call control button within five seconds, the request to join the call is rejected and the guest will hear an error tone in their headset.

Guests may leave the conference call by pressing their call control button.

When they do you will hear a single tone in the master headset as each guest leaves the call.

(2) Conferencing to a Savi W700 Base: While on a call you can subscribe up to three additional headsets to your base for conferencing.a.) Press the guest headset volume up button until the indicator light turns on.b.) Short press the base subscription button while the base has an active link.c.) When the base subscription LED stops flashing green and yellow and remains solid yellow, the request to join will be heard in the primary user’s headset.c.) Press the call control button on the primary user headset within 10 seconds to accept the guest.

The Base Subscription LED will continue flashing yellow/green for about 4 seconds(4), then turns solid yellow indicating the conference link is complete and active.

Guests may leave the conference call by pressing their call control button.

When they do you will hear a single tone in the master headset as each guest leaves the call.

In the master Headset call control button is selected, it also will terminate both the master Link and the guest headset link.

(3) The Savi W700 user manuals instruct you to short-press-once the primary base subscription button first, then the guest headset volume-up control second.  This will initiate a successful conferencing sequence, but the guest headset needs to be placed in close proximity to the base, within 30 to 40 cm. Selecting the headset volume-up first, then the base subscription button (once) second, the guest headset can be at least 2-3 metres from the base.
(4) With the Savi W700 base, (but not the Savi Office WOxxx base), there is a short window after the primary user hears the guest request beep in master headset and selects the primary headset call control button, where the base subscription LED continues to flash yellow/green for a few seconds before changing to solid yellow indicating successful conference link. If the primary user selects the master headset call control button again in that window, it will cause the base Link button to turn from green to “not illuminated”.  However the actual Link is not broken, and the primary call is still active. Selection the primary headset call control button again will cause the Link LED to go solid green again, and the call and conference link remain active.

For Savi W700 product information, manuals and user tips, please visit our website at http://www.comfortcanada.com/Plantronics/savi_w700.htm, or email us in Calgary, Alberta at calgary@comfortcanada.com.

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