Simple ip-based intercom system?

Client does not need a new phone system, just a simple way to communicate with some of his POS stands; he is tired of buying $200 radios. Anyone know of any simple, cheap, ip-based intercom systems where you just add to network and can have 2-way audio (internally only - no phone lines). Thanks....
xav1963Asked:
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antony_kibble<!-8D58D5C365651885FB5A77A120C8C8C6-->Commented:
Google talk, Microsoft Live, Skype

Loads out there.

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xav1963Author Commented:
I am familiar with those.... sorry I wasn't clear.... not just software... we can't install anything on POS computer... has to be pure hardware ... little speaker/mic where plug into network and communicate.
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antony_kibble<!-8D58D5C365651885FB5A77A120C8C8C6-->Commented:
http://www.digitalacoustics.com/ip7.htm

this more like what you are after?
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sr75Commented:
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xav1963Author Commented:
well...after further review, might have to install on computer but don't want all the options, ads, traffic, footprint you get with those previously mentioned.... just want them to be able to have a PTT button, speak and let go.... so I am going to test loudtalks.com and a buy a couple of logitech usb quickcall speakerphones....will see how that turns out....
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kode99Commented:
Many IP phones that have speakerphones built in would be capable of doing the job and do not require a pc,  just a network port.  A voip ATA (analog terminal adapter) could also be configured with a old school analog speakerphone.

There are some good analog door phone modules that work well but the unit combined with a ATA is going to run around $200ish.  Durable stuff though so if the problem is things are getting broken it might be worthwhile.

Viking analog door phone,
http://www.vikingtelecomsolutions.com/catalog/model_E-20B.htm

combined with a ATA with a FXS port,

http://www.telephonydepot.com/Catalog/Grandstream-Analog-Adapters

Basic voip phone,
http://www.telephonydepot.com/Catalog/Grandstream-Phones/Grandstream-Budgetone-201-BT-201
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kode99Commented:
Also a voip setup only needs network connections.  No voip provider is required but is an option.

So the sites can directly connect back to your client's office via the network.
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xav1963Author Commented:
Why I had dismissed voip solutions because ip phone runs about $100, then software, then pc for software.... I am trying to save the client money.... if you can get me $50 ip phones and free software (for about 30 users) without having to learn new language (like Asterisk), then I'm all ears....
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kode99Commented:
The Grandstream phone I linked is ~$50 and supports direct IP dialling.  This means it can dial another sip device or softphone directly (both do need to support direct IP connections).

This works easy if all the connections are on a single network.  SIP can be troublesome with firewalls but it is still possible.  With 30 users a SIP server of some sort would probably make things easier to manage.  Using a SIP server also lets you use pretty much any SIP phone - hard or soft - since it no longer requires direct IP dialing.

Free softphones are not a problem,  heres a list of 20

http://blog.voipsupply.com/free-sip-softphone-roundup

Trixbox makes Asterisk pretty painless,  for a simple setup of extensions you would not need anything past the GUI interface.  
http://www.trixbox.org/

3CX have a free sip server as well.  Not certain of any limitations but it offers a windows based system with all GUI configuration.
http://www.3cx.com/ip-pbx/index.html

Does the client also have a existing phone system with phonesets at all the stations?  

Often it is possible to piggyback the IP stuff into the phone system via a analog port, analog station adapter or even better if the phone system supports IP directly.   This avoids PC issues with soft phones completely and also gives the users something familiar to use.
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xav1963Author Commented:
Will look into this with info provided and determine best route to take... thx...
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