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How to Run Plantronics Spokes in a Mac or Linux Machine (for development)

, 22 May 2013 CPOL
How to run Spokes in a mac or linux machine (for development)

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How to Run Plantronics Spokes in a Mac or Linux Machine (for development)

  1. Install VirtualBox
  2. Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack (support
    for USB 2.0)
  3. Create a new virtual machine
    1. Create a new windows machine
      • Open VirtualBox, click on New
      • Enter the name, type and version of your VM
        (type, should be Microsoft Windows and version the windows version, ie Windows
        7 for example)
      • In the next windows you’ll setup memory size and
        hard drive
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    2. Select the .iso file to be used to install
      windows in it (get it from msdn, for example)
      • Select your vm and click on settings
      • Under storage, select the CD/DVD drive that
        should show as ‘Empty’ and select the iso file to associate with it

    3. Run through the windows install
      • Start your VM and it’ll boot from the virtual cd
        created above
      • Go through the normal steps to install windows
  4. Select the usb devices
    1. In the VB Manager, select your VM and click on
    2. Add the headset you’ll be using to the USB
      devices list

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  5. Configure networking
    1. In the VB Manager, select your VM and click on
    2. Click on Port Forwarding

  1. Create a rule to allow you to access the VM
    via  a ‘localhost’ address in you host
    machine, example: (http://localhost:32000/Spokes/DeviceServices/DeviceList)
  2. Disable the firewall in your Windows VM
  3. Install Spokes / SDK


  1. Have fun

This article was written by Ricardo de Andrade. Ricardo is a Systems Architect and Evangelist at Plantronics helping the developer community, clients and partners with the Spokes SDK and building solutions around current and future offerings. Ricardo has an extensive background in software and cloud distributed architectures, and in specific telecommunications. Ricardo previously worked for Microsoft where he helped clients and partners to develop cloud based speech recognition applications and integrate their web services into the Microsoft Tellme services.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Today’s smart devices and applications have untapped potential in the realm of context-aware computing. Plantronics is making it possible for its audio devices to deliver contextual information to a range of applications through Plantronics headsets. The Plantronics Spokes SDK allows developers to create a range of business applications that will have the power to change the way we communicate and collaborate.

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