Setting up a VoIP system in a home or a small business

So you have finally decided to implement a Voice over Internet Protocol system to solve all your telephony needs. While decision to make the jump is critical, the next step is to ensure that you would be able to fully ensure that you can make VoIP work for you. By this, we mean that one should learn about the things needed to maximize its benefits.

The first thing that one needs to learn after deciding to utilize a VoIP is organizing a system from which the VoIP software and hardware can work on. The trixbox system for example, prefers that the small business or home prepare a dedicated machine with at least a 2.4ghz processor and 512mb of ram. This is on top of the necessary interface cards and SIP gateway phonelines that are needed to connect the phone lines and the hardphones to the system.

Now, after setting up the main device, the next step is to select hardphones or softphones that would work well with the system. Again, selecting the phone used should be reliant on the system used. A small business owner should not simply select a phone because it looks beautiful or matches his other furniture well. Again using the trixbox as an example, the owner should look for a fully SIP compliant phone to use with his system. Also, according to trixbox website, one can opt to use a regular analog phone if they have a card with an FXS port on it or an ATA (analog telephone adapter) that can bridge the Analog phone to the SIP.

Lastly, ensure that you have enough internet bandwidth. This factor is often overlooked. Establishing a good internet connection is critical in making a VoIP system work. While not necessarily massive, people can still underestimate the needed bandwidth to ensure that VoIP communication remains clear and connected.

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