Telephony Made Easy with VoIP

Telephony Made Easy with VoIP

Enterprise Networking Mag | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A VoIP operator or VoIP provider uses modern IP phone systems to allow voice and data sharing over the IP network.

FREMONT, CA: VoIP phones are devices connecting to an IP phone grid using either the LAN (Local Area Network) or the internet. In contrast, conventional telephones run over the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) telecommunications network, which consists of physical copper wires.

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) transforms traditional telephone audio to a digital signal transmitted over the internet and converts incoming optical telephone signals from the internet to standard telephone audio. A VoIP phone helps users make phone calls to either softphone, handheld telephone, or landline using a VoIP (Voice Over the Internet Protocol). A VoIP phone may be a basic software-based softphone or a hardware unit.

How Does a VoIP Phone System Work?

Whereas the signal is transmitted over solid lines in conventional PSTN telephone lines, this is not the case for VoIP. This aspect makes VoIP systems inherently more modular, as new extensions and branches can be implemented quickly without the need for additional copper wiring and facilities. In a VoIP phone system solution, voice and data are translated into digital packets, which are then transmitted over the internet and restored into the initial message for the recipient to receive in real-time.

The nature of IP telephony makes it much more cost-effective, with companies able to make use of free mobile calls and discounted prices for long-distance and international calls. What is more, it makes connections more versatile and usable. Office phone services can be operated remotely, and users can use softphone applications to take their business phone numbers with them on their cell phones. This occurrence allows improved remote working capacity and expanded connectivity and versatility for workers.

Typical VoIP Telephone features

Many new gadgets provide standard functionality, certain enhanced features, and a level of flexibility. This aspect includes the following:

• Standard keypad dial.

• Loudspeaker

• Volume adjustment.

• Redial, transfer, hold, mute, and voicemail keys.

• Headset key for automatic swapping between devices.

• Menu/navigation keys to customize the settings (sound, call forwarding, time & date, display, and others).

• Access to the company telephone book.

• Busy Lamp Field (BLF) Keys.

• WiFi and Bluetooth built-in.

• Port USB.

More modern SIP desk phones also provide seamless video conferencing and content sharing on the computer.

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