How VoIP Works?
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method used to turn our analog voice signals into digital data, so we can make phone and video calls, among other things, using our internet connections. Great features such as voice messages to email, call forwarding, logs of incoming and outgoing calls, caller ID, etc., can be included in your basic calling plan all for one low price.
How Is VoIP Useful?
With VoIP a standard Internet connection can turn to place free phone calls. The practical result of this is that by using some of the free VoIP programs that are available to make phone calls over the Internet, you are avoiding the phone company (and its charges) completely.
VoIP is a revolutionary technology that has the potential to completely revise the world’s phone systems. VoIP providers like Vonage have been around for a while and are growing steadily. Major airlines such as AT & T are already setting up VoIP calling plans in several US markets, and the FCC is seriously considering the potential impact of VoIP services.
Above all, VoIP is a clever “reinvention of the wheel”. This article examines the principles of VoIP, its applications, and the potential of this emerging technology, which will one day probably completely replace the traditional telephone system.
Analog Telephone Adaptor (ATA): With an ATA you can connect one end to your existing phone and the other to your cable modem. The ATA converts the speech signal into digital data, which is then sent over the internet until it reaches the called party. ATAs are the easiest way to transfer to VoIP, where you have to plug your old telephone cable (RJ11) into the ATA from the device you want to convert, while you are routing an Ethernet cable from your network to the adapter (see diagram). After you have enabled ATA, you can make calls over the internet. [Note: Setup sometimes requires installation and configuration via software provided with the ATA.
IP Phones: These special phones look like ordinary phones with handset, docking station and buttons. However, IP phones have an RJ-45 Ethernet port instead of the standard RJ-11 phone ports. IP phones connect directly to your router and have all the hardware and software necessary to handle the IP call. With Wi-Fi phones, subscribed callers can make VoIP calls from any Wi-Fi hotspot.
Computer-to-computer: This is certainly the easiest way to use VoIP. You do not even have to pay for long distance calls. There are several companies that offer software for free or at very low cost that you can use for this type of VoIP. All you need is the software, a microphone, speakers, a sound card and an internet connection, preferably a fast one, as you would get via a cable or DSL modem. With the exception of your normal monthly ISP costs, there are usually no charges for calls from computer to computer, regardless of the distance.
How VoIP Works for Your Business
You’ll improve your productivity, reduce cost, and enhance collaboration, just by adding voice to a data network.
- You save money by managing one network instead of two. You can easily add, move, or change phone extensions and locations, saving you money and giving you more flexibility.
- Your employees can use your communication system from home or on the road. Wireless IP phones also connect users to your communication system and data resources, such as: Customer information, for example, while in the warehouse, in the showroom, or wherever they can access your data network wirelessly.
- Small business unified communications solutions go beyond basic VoIP capabilities and enhance collaboration. With a unified communications solution, employees can easily collaborate via voice, video chat, web conferencing, and instant messaging. Employees can work with each technology individually or all at the same time, using a single, easy-to-use interface.
Features of VoIP:
VoIP comes with many features. Here, we will let you know about 4 main features. So let’s have a look on What are those and how are these helpful
- Call Forwarding: Call forwarding allows users to forward phone numbers to each device. Call transfer makes it easier to transfer calls to another destination if the user is away from the office for a long time. It is at the top of many must-have lists.
- Call Parking: Call parking is another popular feature of companies. It gives the user the possibility to put a call on hold, go to another location and retrieve the call on another phone or another device.
- Voicemail to Email Messaging: An increasingly popular feature is voicemail for e-mail messages. This is a transcription service that will listen to your voicemail, transcribe it and send it directly to your e-mail. This works great for users who may not be able to access their voicemail immediately, but want to stay up to date
- Auto Attendant: Auto-attendant is great for smaller businesses that may not have the resources for a front-desk to make calls. It’s an automated message that greets callers and gives them an options menu. Running a company with different departments makes it easier for your customers to access the right person.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to VoIP offerings.