An Introduction To VoIP

digital communicationIf you are someone interested in the latest technological advances, the chances are pretty good that you have heard VoIP mentioned at least once or twice. VoIP is actually an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, also known as phone service over the internet.

If you happen to have an internet connection that is of reasonable quality, you will be able to get your phone service delivered via your Internet connection instead of having to go through your local telephone company.

There are also some people who will use this VoIP technology in addition to having their traditional home phone service since the VoIP service providers will usually have rates that are a lot lower than your traditional telephone companies.

However, you should note that not all VoIP providers will offer 999 service, phone directory listings and some of the other more commonly known phone services.

Even though there may be some providers who do offer some or all of these services, consistency on an industry-wide basis is something that is still developing in a number of regions across the country.

VoIP – How It Works

There is a unique process that is required to help turn your analogue phone signals over into digital signals that you can have sent over the internet. This is a function that can be included in the phone that you have if you have a VoIP ready phone, or through another box such as an ATA.

An ATA is an analogue terminal adaptor that helps to connect your phone to your chosen VoIP network. This box will usually include an RJ-11 phone jack and an Ethernet phone jack.

The hook up for each option will be as follows:

For a VoIP using an ATA, the ordinary phone connects to the ATA, then to the ethernet, then on to the router, then the internet and finally to the VoIP, service provider.

For a VoIP using an IP Phone, the IP phone connects to the ethernet, then the router, then the internet and then the VoIP, service provider.

For a VoIP that is connecting directly, you can bypass the service provider and then directly connect to another designated VoIP user. If the VoIP device happens to be behind NAT routers, there could be problems with the installation profess. The IP phone will go through the ethernet, then router, then internet, then router, then ethernet, then finally the other IP phone.

Why Go With VoIP?

There are two major reasons why VoIP will be attractive to consumers and businesses alike. One reason is the lower cost, and the other is the increase in functionality.

In general, phone services using VoIP will be a lot less expensive than your traditional sources. In terms of function, your incoming calls will be directly routed to your VoIP phone whenever you are plugged into the network.

Overall, consumers claim that this is a service that is a lot faster, more reliable and sounds a whole lot better at times than any traditional telephone service.

For more detailed information on VoIP and how it works, take a look at this video.