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VoIP Requirements

Updated on March 7, 2013
VoIP Requirements
VoIP Requirements

What Do You Need for VoIP?

It's very simple to get up and running with VoIP. There are two use case scenarios. If you're an individual, all you need is an Internet connection and a computer with a microphone. These are the bare essentials – your experience won't be perfect, but it'll get the job done. Most people these days have Internet connections that far exceed the data requirements for VoIP. You can use both wired as well as wireless networks like Wi-Fi and 3G/4G. As of now, wired networks and Wi-Fi are more reliable connections as they are fast and have low jitter and lag.

To truly experience the benefits of VoIP however, you should get a VoIP phone that plugs into the Internet either via your computer or better still through the router. These devices are miniature computers that run dedicated VoIP software and are designed in such a way as to provide you with the best experience. You can also use VoIP using your smart phone and unlike the traditional PSTN phone system, you do not need a separate connection for this. You can utilize the same telephone number for both devices seamlessly. Depending on which phoe is closest to you, you can pick up and make calls as per your convenience.

Businesses on the other hand are a little more complicated. Of course, the technology is still the same so in the bare essentials it has the same requirements as retail use. But due to the realities and size of organizations, there are a few more considerations that need to be looked at. To start off with, bandwidth is more of a problem because many people will be using VoIP to talk to others simultaneously. Your Internet connection will still probably be enough to handle it, but you should provision for future growth and ensure that your bandwidth availability continues to expand along with the number of your employees.

Furthermore, you must make sure that VoIP has its own dedicated bandwidth channel to run in using of Virtual LAN or a VLAN. This will protect your VoIP installation from bandwidth heavy activities on the network such as file downloads. Working closely with your local Philadelphia VoIP services provider is essential to ensuring a successful VoIP installation. Every business is different and you are sure to find one that meets your needs. There are a host of hosted PBX pricing options available that reflect the way your organization works. Contact an SIP provider today to find out how easy it is to get started.

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