Time Switches allow customers to setup ways to change Call Routes of their incoming numbers, either automatically, or via their VoIP handsets.
To create a new Time Switch for your account, head to the 'Time Switch' tab under the Hosted PBX option on the left hand side of the My Account portal.
If you wanted the Time Switch to work Automatically, simply choose the days and time you wanted each position to run.
To create additional positions, simply click the blue + symbol.
Once you have set the desired positions, click Save to create the Time Switch. A status of your Time Switch will be shown on the main 'Time Switch' page, to allow you to see the 'Current Route' and 'Next Route'.
NOTE: Once you have created your Time Switch, make sure to route your number/numbers to the Time Switch from the 'Number Routing' page.
To create Time Switch Toggles for handsets, first you'll need to Edit the Time Switch, and create 'Favourites' on the 'Configure Favourites' button.
Once the Favourites are created, you can set the Dial toggle for Speed Dials on the phone, or the BLF Toggle for BLF lines on the phone.
NOTE: If your Time Switch is set to automatic, changing the route with a favourite will only override until the NEXT automatic position.
To have the Time Switch set to MANUAL ONLY, simply set the 'Override?' position of the Time Switch to 'Manual', and use the favourites/toggles on the phones.
Night Switch Scenarios
Basic Night Switch
-Add Two Favourites and no time conditions, and save one or both as Speed Dial/BLF into the phone. Both will work as toggles to swap to the other, so only one key is required as BLF on the handset.
Example: Favourites: "Day", "Night". A single BLF Key for Open can be saved on the phone. Pressing the button will toggle between Day and Night.
Night Switch with several favourites
-Add several favourites and no time conditions. Each favourite must be present on the phone as a Speed Dial/BLF to switch it, toggle functionality is not available
Example: Favourites: "Open", "Out to Lunch", "Closed". Pressing any of the favourites will switch it to that favourite. No toggle is available, so all options but be available as BLF keys or speed dials on the handset.
Night Switch with several favourites and ‘default’ option
-As above, except add a Time Condition for with any settings to set the ‘default’ option. Switch must be in Manual mode. Pressing a favourite twice will toggle back to the ‘default’ position.
Example: Default Time Switch Condition: "Closed". Favourites: "Open", "Out to Lunch", "High volume of calls". Pressing any of the favourites will switch it to that favourite, and pressing it again will toggle back to "Closed".
Use case: Useful to save buttons on the phone.
Night Switch with several favourites and automatic reset to ‘default’ option
-As above, except add a Time Condition for with any settings to set the ‘default’. Switch must be in Automatic mode. Pressing a favourite twice will toggle back to the ‘default’ position. Switch will automatically return to default position at the designated time.
Example: Default Time Switch Condition: "Night" set daily for 5:30pm. Favourites: "Day", "Out to Lunch", "High volume of calls". Pressing any of the favourites will switch it to that favourite, and pressing it again will toggle back to "Night". The switch will automatically return to "Night" at 5:30pm each day.
Use Case: If staff forget to close the Time switch at the end of each day, the time switch will automatically be reset to the "Night" favourite.
Time Switch Scenarios
Open or Close early (Time Switch in Auto Mode)
-Press the Speed Dial/BLF of the favourite to add a timed override until the next scheduled time condition. Pressing again toggles back to Automatic Mode.
-Can also be used if you have a higher volume of calls than usual, or an extended lunch break, knowing that it will return automatically at Close of business.
If you change the Time Switch to Manual mode via the web portal, dialling the favourite will keep the Time Switch in Manual mode.