The MegaPath Software Attendant Console is designed give you visibility to the call status of some or all employees within your office. The Console can also help manage and route incoming calls for your telephone number. The Console plug-in must be installed on your computer.
To run the application, select it from the Start menu of your Windows screen.
The first time you run the Attendant Console, you must enter your web portal account information (same credentials as you use to log into your portal). The console will authenticate your account and open to the screen shown below.
File: Use this menu to logout or exit from the Attendant Console application.
View: Use this menu to toggle view of the Call Center Queue.
Tools: Use this menu to access Call History and Console options.
Help: Use this menu to access the in-program user guide
Switchboard: The switchboard section displays information on inbound and outbound calls for your telephone number. Look here to view calling and called party telephone numbers, status of the call (ringing, active, on hold, or camped), and length of time the call has been in the switchboard.
Queue: To view the Queue section, open the VIEW menu and select queue. The Switchboard will resize and the Queue section will appear next to it. The queue section provides visibility into any associated call center queues and gives you the ability to directly answer callers in the queue as needed.
Contact Directory:The Contact Directory section shows your contacts within the company and can be filtered based on the entire company (enterprise), your monitored users, your personal directory, or your speed dial entries (the LDAP option is not supported by MegaPath at this time). You may use the Contact Directory section to highlight users and telephone numbers you would like to route calls to.
Call Options: Shows which options are available for the contact you have selected. The main options are Phone Number/Extension, Mobile (telephone number), Voicemail, Yahoo Messenger (Yahoo Messenger is not supported by MegaPath at this time), and a manually entered “Other” telephone number. Moving your mouse over the options will cause them to grow and the other options to shrink. When you select an option, that option will remain large and become highlighted. If any options are unavailable for use, they will be darkened and will not change size regardless of mouse placement. You may use the Call Options section to specify the destination for your call routing (contact’s extension, voicemail, mobile phone, or other).
Call Control: Shows which call routing actions are available for the selected call (highlighted in the switchboard). Some of the actions include Dial, Hold, Transfer, Conference, and End. Moving your mouse over the available actions will cause them to grow and the other actions to shrink. When you select an action, your call will be immediately routed based on that action and the Call Option you selected above. If any actions are unavailable for use, they will be darkened and will not change size regardless of mouse placement. You may use the Call Control section to route all calls displayed in the switchboard.
To call another extension using the Attendant Console, highlight the desired contact in the Contact Directory, select EXTN from the Call Options section, and click Dial from the Call Control section. The system will first ring your phone, and then connect the call to your desired extension, once you answer. At each stage of the call status will be indicated in the Switchboard section.
To call a telephone number outside the office (or any number not listed in your Contact Directory) click Other in the Call Options section and input the desired number, then press Enter. The system will first ring your phone, then connect the call to your desired telephone number, once you answer. At each stage of the call the call status will be indicated in the Switchboard section.
When you receive an inbound call, your desk phone will ring and the Switchboard will display the status as “Ringing In”. To accept the call, simply answer your desk phone like normal and the Switchboard status will change to “Active”.
When you have multiple calls at the same time, you will be able to use the Switchboard to identify and manage them by caller ID, current status (active/on hold/camped), and length of call. You will also have the ability to link two calls together for advanced routing options such as 3-way conferencing and transfers.
The chain icon next to a call in the switchboard indicates that call is linked with any other call that has the same icon present. Initiating a 3-way conference or transfer will affect the linked calls (i.e. conference the linked calls together with you or transfer (connect) the linked calls to each other).
To place or resume a call on hold, follow the standard process for your phone. The change in status will be reflected in the Switchboard. At this time MegaPath does not offer any phones which support the Attendant Console’s Hold button in the Call Control window and that option will remain darkened and unavailable.
When a caller needs to talk to a specific individual who is unavailable, they will often be willing to leave a message with that individual’s voicemail. To perform a direct to voicemail transfer using the Attendant Console:
Sometimes a caller will need to talk to a specific individual who is already on a call (busy status) and is willing to wait for that person to be free instead of leaving a message. For this situation, it is useful to “camp” the caller on the desired person’s extension so that as soon as the recipient completes their current call, the caller will ring through. Note: While a caller is camped, they will hear hold music.
Three-way conferencing is useful when you want to talk with two other parties simultaneously. To initiate a three-way conference:
If you belong to Call Center queue, the Software Attendant Console can give you visibility into the call center queue as well as the option to transfer callers to the queue.