VolP (pronounced voyp) is the name of a new communications technology lr that changes the meaning of the phrase telephone call. VoIP stands for voice over Internet protocol, and it means “voice transmitted over a computer network.” Internet protocol (IP) networking is supported by all sorts of networks: corporate, private, public, cable, and even wireless […]

VoIP Basics

Part I: Part I introduces you to the basics of VoIP. You get the rundown on essential terms and the general workings of the technology. This part describes the basics of IP telephony and how VoIP calls get packetized and carried over external networks. Access services and the lines they run on are defined. You […]

Making the Move to VoIP

Part III: The reasons to switch to VoIP are countless, depending on how far you want to project the future of the marketplace. Part III starts in topic 11 by describing the “final four” telephone system models. These are the traditional systems used by consumers and corporate customers. If you’re not yet on VoIP, you […]

Taking VoIP to Your NetWork

Part II: In Part II, you discover how networks connect to each other. From the public telephone network to the global Internet and all the network types in between, you’ll find out what your networking options are. The Internet is only one network option for VoIP (it also runs on all the other network types […]

VoIP Basics

Part I In this part My ant to know how VoIP works? You find that information here, discussed in all its glory. Along the way, you also discover a new VoIP terminology, which is essential if you want to make sense of this brave new world. You also get a glimpse at the new and […]

The Part of Tens (VOIP)

Part IV: In Part IV, I provide specific content and advice for both corporate and consumer-based prospective VoIP users. This, of course, is accomplished in the time-honored topic format: the venerated Part of Tens. If you’re a company pondering the move to VoIP, topic 15 gives you the top ten reasons why you need to […]

Icons Used in This Topic (VOIP)

Throughout this topic, I occasionally use icons to call attention to material worth noting in a special way. Here is a list of the icons, along with a description of each. If you see a tip icon, perk up! You’re about to find out how to save time, money, or effort. These are the nuggets […]

In the Beginning, There Was POTS (VOIP)

Before digital networking took off, everyone had to use the one and only POTS, which stands for plain old telephone service (honestly, it does). POTS runs over a network called the PSTN, or public switched telephone network. These POTS telephone systems use the tried-and-true method of telephone service known as circuit-switched. (See topic 2 for […]

Getting Down to Business with VoIP

In This Topic ^ Getting over POTS ^ Packetizing plain old telephone service ^ Beginning with IPT on the LAN ^ Reaching out with VoIP ^ Uncovering the TCP/IP model Technological innovation is hurling itself upon us once again. This time, it’s coming in the form of improving the way we communicate, bringing with it […]

Eye for IP Telephony (VOIP)

VoIP also makes possible other services that older telephony systems can’t provide. VoIP telephony services are interoperable, meaning that they work well over all kinds of networks. They are also highly portable, which means they will work with any IP-enabled device such as an IP telephone, a computer, or even a personal digital assistant (PDA). […]