VoIP is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks like the Internet. VoIP converts analogue voice signals into digital data packets and supports real-time, two-way transmission of conversations using the Internet.
It’s strange to think that there was a time that telephones didn’t exist. A time when messages took days, sometimes even weeks, to deliver. From the first patent in 1876, telephones have continued to evolve at an alarming rate, each new breakthrough altering the way we communicate. The device that was once only a luxury for a privileged minority has become a necessity, so ingrained in our culture, that to be without one is almost catastrophic. With the morphing of the telephones came another ever-changing force in today’s digital age: the internet. The world wide web has changed the way we operate forever. Business can be conducted across continents with just the click of a button; one can discover new worlds with the scroll of the mouse, or order a pizza without ever having to speak. Though the internet has diminished the need for conventional human contact, it has increased the scope of our communications as well as changed the way in which we communicate. With phone and internet technology both progressing rapidly, it’s no wonder that these two modern marvels have combined to form one powerful new advancement.
I am referring to internet telephony, the process of using the internet to exchange data between parties, as opposed to the original public switched telephone networks. The specific process is called VoIP, which stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol.” VoIP works by taking the analogue audio signals that are transferred over traditional phone lines and converting them into data that can be successfully shared via the internet.
There are three methods through which you can use VoIP: an ATA, an IP Phone, or a computer-to-computer connection. The ATA (Analogue telephone adapter) is a device that allows you to connect a landline phone to the internet. Internet Protocol phones, or IP phones, appear to be just like traditional phones but have a built-in capability which allows them to connect to your router and use the internet to place and receive calls. The most common type of VoIP is computer-to-computer calls, which are also the most cost effective. Companies like Skype have taken over this market, offering free calls to other users all across the world. The only equipment needed for this method is two computers, equipped with microphones and speakers, and a stable internet connection. If cameras are installed, the parties are able to see each other in real time.
VoIP provides an effective and inexpensive way to talk to someone, wherever they may be. VoIP systems and products are the perfect solutions for your home or office and provide a variety of options by which to operate and in turn, maximize your effectiveness. You can increase productivity and decrease cost by implementing a VoIP system today!
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