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How to Run VoIP on a Wireless LAN

Updated on March 28, 2013
Using VoIP with Wi-Fi
Using VoIP with Wi-Fi

Different Types of VoIP networks

Unlike the traditional PSTN phone system, we do not require a specific set up in order to use VoIP. All you need is an Internet connection – how you obtain that connection is up to you. You can use a regular wired ethernet configuration and talk to someone using a program like Skype on the PC, or you can install a VoIP application on your mobile phone and make use of 3G or 4G data networks. If you're at home or at work, you can even use Wi-Fi which is reliable and free. VoIP is all about flexibility. You use what is most convenient at the time.

The mobile data landscape is changing. While it is true that the emergence of 4G technologies have heralded a new era of blazing fast speeds and low latency, it is also true that telecom companies are increasingly restricting customer's data usage by imposing caps and overage charges. There is a broad consensus among analysts that this is done not because of any inherent lack of bandwidth at the provider's end, but in order to squeeze maximum profits out of people. Well – this is hardly surprising!

The fact is that data usage by VoIP is extremely miniscule. The technology was initially designed for use even over dial-up networks. Users today have access to speeds that are hundreds of times faster. As such, even heavy use of VoIP is not sufficient to put you at risk of going over your data limits. Nevertheless, it's a question of mind set. There's no easy way to immediately track the bandwidth use of a VoIP call and without that, there'll always be a fear in people's minds that they're using a precious resource.

The Magic of Wi-Fi

Fortunately for us, one of the most ubiquitous technologies in the United States is wireless LAN. If you already have an existing wired ethernet connection, configuring it to broadcast Wi-Fi signals is trivial. You can buy any Wi-Fi router off of a department store and set it up so that your phone picks it up.

Wi-Fi has three major benefits. First, with a proper setup you can get an extremely good signal within your home or business that is latency free and has very little lag or jitter. Second, Wi-Fi can be really fast – more than enough to take care of any VoIP needs you may have. And finally, it piggybacks off your existing Internet connection and so is free to use.

Most of the time you will be within Wi-Fi range either at home or at your place of work. Using VoIP with it while simultaneously shutting off your wireless data and putting your phone into "Airplane mode" will also save your battery.

So if you don't have a Wi-Fi connection at home, make sure you get one now! Contact a VoIP provider in Philadelphia to get started today. If you're an enterprise, get a professional hosted business phones service to maximize the benefits of VoIP.

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