APPROVAL No. S/1249/3/J/453305
is a self contained switching system with one exchange line port and up to 4 extensions.
Extension instruments may be any BS6317 approved telephone instruments (MF or LD
signalling) with an earth recall button and/or Renown systemphones (in any combination).
The system is through-fed on Exchange Line calls hence extension telephones must be
configured for MF or LD signalling according to the type of signalling supported by the
System Facilities include:-
Internal and external calls.
Hold, Enquiry & Transfer.
Switchable call barring (outgoing access denied).
Renown Systemphones are for table or wall mounted use and give LED indication of line
status, 10 number memory, last number redial and mute. It is not essential to have Systemphones on Renown.
The CCU is completely self contained and includes a plug ended cord for connection to the
network via a Master Line Jack Unit.
Connection of the extension wiring is via Insulation Displacement Connectors (IDC's)
housed within the CCU. The system is powered from a 13 amp mains socket outlet via a plug
Mark 2 versions of CCU and Systemphones were introduced in 1992, these supersede and are
externally similar to the original models. The Mark 2 CCU incorporates minor changes to
improve RFI immunity and ringer output, the Mark 2 Systemphone incorporates minor internal
Made by Philips Ltd
Approved DEL plus PBX CAT 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11.
Approved for plug in connection to the PSTN or host PBX extension. Renown is approved for
DIY installation and is not subject to preconnection inspection and approved maintainer
Renown is not approved for Off-Site external extensions that go back out via the Network.
Maximum CCU to extension cabling length is limited to 25 ohms (approx. 150 cable metres)
for a Systemphone and 50 ohms (approx. 300 cable metres) for a standard telephone
complying with BS6317, using cable equipment 6 wire 2503F. Extensions with Systemphones
use 5 conductors of the extension cable extensions with BS 6317 telephones use 3
conductors of the extension cabling.
There is no provision for standby power, the exchange line is connected through to
extension 1 under power fail conditions.
Due to the length of the line cord and transformer lead, Renown must be sited not more
than 2 metres from a LJU or Linebox (NTE5) and a 240 Volt, 13 Amp, mains socket outlet.
The Renown CCU has a REN of 4. Due to limitations of the Renown ringing generator, each
extension port effectively has an output REN of 2. Contrary to normal practice, any
additional sockets on Renown extensions will need to be Master Jacks to optimise ringer
output. Only one Systemphone may be connected per extension circuit.
Renown is not intended to be used as a 4 port intercom system as extension 1 will remain
dead until the exchange line is powered up.
These notes are applicable to Renown systems installed in the UK and
connected to telecommunications systems run by British Telecommunications
plc, Kingston Communications (Hull) plc or Mercury Communications Ltd.
1. The Renown system is suitable for use on Exchange/PBX lines which
provide facilities for either Loop Disconnect (LD) or TouchTone* (MF)
dialling. It can be used with either Earth Loop Recall (ELR) or Timed Break
2. The Renown system is designed to operate with a mains supply of 240V,
3. The Renown system is not suitable as an extension to a payphone.
4. Approval for the connection of extension instruments by the Department
of Trade and Industry is only granted provided that the distance between the
Renown control unit and the extension socket does not exceed 150m if
connecting a Renown Systemphone, or 300m if connecting a standard telephone.
5. The control unit to Renown Systemphone line loop resistance (speech
pair only) is 25 ohms maximum; the control unit to standard telephone line
loop resistance (speech pair only) is 50 ohms maximum.
6. Only telephones approved to BS6317 (1982) shall be connected to the
Renown system. The telephone must have the Earth Loop Recall facility.
7. The Renown is suitable for connection in subsidiary mode to most PBXS.
However, satisfactory performance cannot be guaranteed with every allowable
combination of host and subsidiary system.
Further information on the installation of telephone systems can be
referred to in the British Standard Code of Practice, BS6701 Parts 1 and 2.
The Renown control unit and extension telephones should be installed and
operated in an environment within the following specific limitations
Operating - 5'C to 45'C
Storage - 20'C to 60'C
Relative humidity: <95%
Renown should be installed and commissioned in accordance with the installation
instructions supplied with the CCU and also contained within the Product Manual. The
Exchange line cord must be plugged into a working line (or PBX extension) and the line
voltage switch set to the appropriate voltage for the CCU to initialise (otherwise
extension 1 will remain 'dead'). A wired-in functional earth is not required. Where Renown
is connected to the extension of an earth recall PBX, the recall earth is provided via
LJU4 terminal of the CCU line cord.
Mains power must be turned off whilst any switch settings are changed as the CCU only
responds to the settings on power-up.
Underneath each Renown telephone is an exchange switch. This must be set to correspond with the dialling type expected by
the local exchange. Set to MF (tone dialling) or LD (pulse dialling)
Control Unit Switches
To the lower right of the control unit there is a bank of five switches. The table below explains the actions of each
||25 volt exchange
||50 volt exchange
||Time Break Recall
||Earth loop Recall
||Extn 2 Outgoing calls Allowed
||Extn 2 Outgoing calls Barred
||Extn 3 Outgoing calls Allowed
||Extn 3 Outgoing Calls Barred
||Extn 4 Outgoing calls Allowed
||Extn 4 Outgoing Calls Barred
Uses Line jack units -/1A
Renown contains its own 1.8uf ringing capacitor and detects ringing from the MLJU
/ NTES terminals 2 & 5. When tested from the serving exchange, the Renown capacitor is
connected in parallel with the capacitor in the MLJU / NTES and will therefore measure
about twice the normal capacitance.
w units for initial supply or for use as maintenance spares carry a 24 month warranty from
the date of manufacture as shown by the first 4 digits (YY WW) the 11 digit serial number
on the underside of the unit. Customers purchasing Renown from BT are given a 12 month
guarantee from the date of purchase, irrespective of the date of manufacture.
BT ITEM CODE
|Renown CCU (Complete transformer and line cord)
|Renown Mk2 CCU (Complete transformer and line cord)
|Renown Systemphone Mk2
|Renown CCU (Refurbished)
|Renown Systemphone (Refurbished)
Extension telephones - Not all modern telephones with an earth recall button will work on
Renown, CFN BT 2+8 & Renown 003 gives inter-working details.
Line Voltage switch (SW1) settings - Renown monitors the voltage across the exchange line
to determine whether the line is free, as below:-
(SW1, set to 50v) - Line voltage less than 36 Volts = 'Exchange Line busy'.
(SW1, set to 24v) - Line voltage less than 18 Volts = 'Exchange Line busy'.
There are some circumstances where the exchange line voltage can vary in service over
these thresholds (e.g. some local line concentrator systems or WB 900 carrier systems)
resulting in the exchange line appearing to be busy when in fact it is free. Where this
occurs on systems with SW1 set to 50v it may be overcome by trying SW1 set to 24v (CCU
must be powered down during switch changes).
Renown on lines with WB 1400 equipment connected WB1400 has line charged batteries which
can cause line voltage to drop below 18 Volts causing similar problems to the above, in
this case altering the SW1 position may not be effective. The official advice is for BT to
notify the appropriate local authority that the WB1400 must be removed from the line.
Systemphones connected via answering machines etc - Certain answering machines (BT Wren
& Kingfisher II) incorporate a socket for the associated telephone as these also only
have 4 way line cords, systemphones should be plugged into the normal line jack via a
doubler and not into the answering machine otherwise the 'data pair' will be interrupted
resulting in Systemphone function.
Intercom Circuits - Renown has only one intercom circuit, whilst this is being used for
hold & enquiry/transfer purposes it will not be available for extension to extension
calls (and vice versa).
Extension ringer limitations - Due to limited ringing voltage output, no more than two
ringing devices (telephones or extension bells) should be connected at any extension,
Converter Ringers No.15 are not suitable for use on Renown and should not be offered.
Renown comes with a power block that plugs straight into the mains. The lead from the power block is a standard telephone
cord and connects to the system board via a Molex connector marked PLB.
The Power Block is a Power Supply 3513 456 02250 and has an output of 15.4 volts AC at 2.4ma (0.35va) & 30.2 volts AC at
Molex & Cord Wiring
THREE PARTY CONVERSATION IN ERROR (OCT 94)
Briefly, intended enquiry calls have resulted in calls going into conferencing mode. It is thought that this could be due to
a digit 5, in MF, being received by the Renown Systemphones from a nearby instrument signalling
MK2 SYSTEMPHONE: POOR TRANSMISSION (OCT 94)
This issue, previously detailed earlier, is still ongoing. Escalation to the manufacturer has resulted in Philips requesting customers sites to visit.
Please ensure that it is only the Systemphones that are affecting transmission.
RENOWN GOING INTO CONFERENCE MODE IN ERROR (July 1994)
Several reports have been received stating that intended enquiry calls have resulted in calls going into conference. This could cause embarrassment to customers as they rightly expect the enquiry call to be with secrecy from the exchange line.
The facility for conference can be invoked by dialling 5 (in LD or MF) whilst the E/L is on hold and the internal (xtn-xtn) call is in progress. It has been demonstrated that if equipment nearby (1-2m) is dialling out in handsfree/monitor mode, the Renown Systemphone can detect a digit 5 in the digit string and therefore switch into conference mode.
NETWORK ENHANCED TELEPHONES: RENOWN/2+8 LIMITATIONS (April 1994)
Enhanced versions are now available of the Converse 200, Relate 200 and Vanguard
10E with pre-programmed network service keys for Call Waiting, Call Diversion, Charge Advice and Reminder Call. Any of the keys offering
a non-required facility can be overwritten with an alternative network service code or used as a memory store for any PSTN number.
Use of each of these items is. however, restricted if connected to extension ports of Renown, 2+8 or 2+8E systems. These limitations are as follows:
Converse 200 or Vanguard 10E Enhanced - network services are not accessible by these keys. Only reprogramming to PSTN numbers will be effective. Any required network services must be accessed from the keypad.
Relate 200 Enhanced - Reprogramming of Charge Advice and Call Waiting is necessary. To set for Charge Advice, enter RECALL, RECALL, PAUSE,
*, 40, #. To set for Call Waiting, enter RECALL, RECALL, PAUSE, 2.
MODIFIED CONVERSE 200 & 300: RENOWN & 2+8 COMPATIBLE (April 1994)
From week 3 3/93 all Converse 200 & 300 telephones should be fully compatible with
Renown and 2+8 systems. From that date all instruments will incorporate the following
1) Mechanical Recall switch.
2) Tone caller which operates to lower input voltage.
A side effect of 2 is that the overall audible ringing level has been slightly reduced. This may cause comparison problems where
telephones are changed and the new model replaces the old. The RENs are unchanged.
Some early feedback has indicated that the operation of the new recall key on the Converse 300 may be unreliable. The modified version can be identified by its week of manufacture: 33/93 or later.
WB900 WORKING - EXTENSIONS UNABLE TO ACCESS FREE LINE (Oct 1993)
When connected as the Carrier subscriber on a WB900, Renown extensions may be unable to access the line to make an outgoing call. When this occurs, Systemphone LEDs incorrectly indicate the free line is busy. The condition will clear on receipt of an incoming call which can be answered in the normal manner.
The problem should be overcome if the Line/PBX voltage is reset to 24V by powering down and moving Switch 1 to the down position.
RINGING PERFORMANCE OF CONVERSE TELEPHONES (Oct 1993)
In brief, the Converse ringer was designed to provide a higher than normal output and so requires slightly more ringing current than most other telephones. The Converse is provided with three ringing settings:
R1, R2 and R3 and three ringing volume settings: OFF, LO and HI.
As the ringing output of the Renown system is limited, difficulties can be experienced with R3, and possibly R2, if the volume is set to HI. Only
R1 may be found to be satisfactory on HI, but all three settings should function adequately on LO.
HANDSET FALLING OFF WALL-MOUNTED SYSTEMPHONES (Oct 1993)
Following a number of complaints, the handset retaining lug of Renown Systemphones has been modified to prevent the handset continually falling off when the instrument is wall mounted. This has been a particular problem where the wall is subject to frequent vibration - such as close to a door.
Although all new Systemphones will shortly incorporate the modification, the number of wall-mounted Systemphones currently in situ and prone to this problem is unknown.
NO SYSTEM DIAL TONE ON EXTN 1 IF EXCHANGE LINE DISCONNECTED (Oct 1993)
Where a Renown system is installed before exchange services has been provided,
internal dial tone may be temporarily lost from extension 1.
With no exchange line connected and the system powered up, system dial tone will be present at extensions 2, 3 and 4, but be absent from the first extension. This is not a fault and normal internal service will be restored as soon as the exchange line is provided. Systemphone LEDs will indicate the line is busy.
Similarly, if the exchange line is disconnected during normal service with a subsequent power reset, system dial tone will be lost from extn 1. If no power reset occurs while the line is disconnected, internal dial tone will remain at all stations.
MK2 SYSTEMPHONE - POOR TRANSMISSION, HIGH SIDETONE: UPDATE (Oct 1993)
This complaint has yet to be resolved. More evidence is required to establish
the extent of the problem.
If immediate action must be taken, replacement with a MK1 Systemphone should overcome the problem.
System picture courtesy of Rocom Ltd