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VoIP Hardware

Updated on December 18, 2012
Purchasing VoIP Hardware
Purchasing VoIP Hardware

VoIP – the Flexible Technology

As an Internet-based technology, VoIP inherits the flexibility of its parent network. Accordingly, there are as many ways to set up a VoIP network as there are companies in existence. Every firm is unique and each business will tailor its communication systems in such a way that it matches the way the organization works.

The type of hardware VoIP requires depends on the kind of VoIP solution. Broadly speaking, there are two ways to go about it – in-house and hosted PBX. An in-house system means that you purchase and build the entire VoIP infrastructure by yourself and retain ownership over the hardware. This way, you have complete control over the entire VoIP offering and can tweak it to an unlimited extent. You will of course have to purchase the facilities provided by an SIP trunk in order to communicate with the traditional PSTN phone network. In this scenario, the amount of hardware required to implement VoIP is considerable. The servers themselves will constitute a huge chunk of change along with all the network hardware and routers.

These days, more and more companies are opting to take the alternative route. The focus is all on the core business process with everything else outsourced to third parties. Why should a company bother itself with superfluous details that are only likely to divert its attention from its main focus? Why hire irrelevant talent and take on the additional HR burdens when the same service can be accomplished in a much simpler manner? The past few years have seen an explosion of hosted VoIP firms giving enterprises a variety of choice.

With a hosted system, the amount of VoIP hardware you need to purchase goes down drastically. Technically speaking, you may not need to buy anything at all. These days VoIP can be easily used with smartphones and a laptop with a microphone and headset along with an Internet connection is all you need to get going. But we still need the convenience of land lines and for this, you can purchase cheap ATA adapters that convert analog signals to digital and vice versa thereby transforming a plain old telephone into a VoIP one. Later on, you can purchase dedicated VoIP phones with better features and acoustics as well.

As you can see, the amount of VoIP hardware required depends upon your business, your choice of in-house or hosted PBX, as well as how much you want to spend. You can get by with purchasing almost nothing, or you can buy many top-of-the-line VoIP phones to obtain the best experience possible. To obtain VoIP in New York, contact a local SIP provider to find out how you can get started today.

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