voip a basic basic intro

What is it?

Most bodies are accepted w/ NetMeeting and other software that let you speak to others over the internet. VOIP is agnate. However, it again uses your phone – the interface we’re all accepted with.

Instead of connecting your phone to the wall, you connect it to a box either the VOIP company provides or you buy on your own. This is the modem. You charge highspeed/broadband internet for this. Your modem plugs into your cable/dsl modem and any more it can ‘speak’ btwn your phone and the internet.

Your phone lines already accomplish appealing much what VOIP does, aloof w/ altered/older technology (able-bodied, some of it’s advanced w/ optics and such, but…).

How adamantine is it to setup?

It’s actually actual accessible. Assuming you accept the company send you a modem or you buy a equipment at the store, you simply plug the modem btwn your current cable/dsl modem and your computer (e.g., the out from your cable modem any more goes to the advanced box and the out from that to your computer). It again has a phone jack for your regular phone.

Once it is on, it will boot up and configure itself.

What are the benefits?

There are abounding benefits depending on the company you action w/, but here are a few I accept (all of these are chargeless w/ the monthly charge- $14.99 for my setup):

  1. Features according to caller id, call waiting, call waiting caller id, call forwarding, etc.
  2. Voicemail
  3. Email alerts for advanced voicemail.
  4. Interlacing access to voicemail – you can play your messages on your computer.
  5. Auto-forward – if the phone is ever down or isn’t answered, it’s auto-routed to another figure
  6. Online management of all features, settings, statement, etc.
  7. Computer dialing – highlight any figure on your computer, hit F6 and it sets up the call from your phone to theirs – actual convinient!
  8. Accumulate your regular phone (you don’t charge a voip phone)

There are some other air-conditioned features available for extra $ according to the softphone which lets you statement your computer as a phone w/o the modem – this means you can booty your laptop w/ you wherever and you accept your phone w/ the selfsame phone figure everywhere too (you can accomplish this w/o the softphone, but you accept to booty your VOIP modem around w/ you – not bad if you’re going somewhere for a longer trip).

Another really air-conditioned affair is the virtual phone numbers. You can amuse extra numbers that ring the selfsame phone, but they are local numbers to any area code you appetite. So if I alive in Dallas and accept family in Advanced York, I can amuse a local phone figure here and there. That road my family in Advanced York can call a local figure (chargeless) and speak to me! Vonage charges $4.99/month for that. I’m not sure about the others.

And the biggest statement – IT’S CHEAP! I pament $14.99 plus some levy and such, but not the ump-teen taxes, charges, fees, etc. according to the phone company charges.

Again, if you accomplish a babyish research/reading, you can set it up to where every phone jack in your abode is wired for VOIP. It’s babyish added than plugging the output of your VOIP modem into the wall jack you already accept. Actual babyish added.

Bottom Line

You amuse lots of acceptable, chargeless features and options for doing/managing a lot added including a lot over the interlacing and it’s SO much cheaper (at least it is for me!). Being the ‘average guy’ I am, I don’t really statement all the features. Fortunately, it’s appealing much a ‘set it up and forget about it’ type affair except that I save $40+/month w/ it!

I statement Vonage b/c that’s what I was told about aboriginal and it was one of the aboriginal. There are others and I’m sure they accept their strengths, but Vonage has the cheapest base choice at the age I did my research.

About The Author

Bear Cahill is a software engineer in the Dallas, TX area and runs a few websites: The Armchair Geek (www.thearmchairgeek.com), Webpage Hosting Info (www.webpagehostinginfo.com), Action To College Online (www.gotocollegeonline.com) and The Video Exchange Community (www.videoexchange.org)

Originall posted December 4, 2011