End of Year Tax Tips for Small Businesses from Barbara Weltman and Digium

Our open-source friends at Digium hosted a webinar that’s perfect for small businesses looking for end-of-year tax tips.

This recorded webinar features Barbara Weltman, a leading small business tax expert who is a best selling author, speaker, and radio host who has been seen on MSNBC and in the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Reports.

Section 179 Deduction and Money Saving Tips

In the webinar Weltman covers the Section 179 deduction and gives tips for saving your business money:

Your business deserves a break…and a few extra deductions! With healthcare costs exploding and the general cost of business rising at an unhealthy rate, you need to understand how to keep more of the dollars you earned in 2013.

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Lync LogoOver the last couple years Microsoft Lync, formerly Microsoft Office Communicator, has been gaining a larger share of both the enterprise and the SOHO/SMB unified communication market. If you ask a room of people in the know about UC platforms what Lync 2013 is you’ll most likely get a group response reminiscent of students repeating a lesson back to a teacher that “Lync is a unified communications platform that provides a single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and a great meeting experience” or something along those lines.

Ask a follow up question what the difference between a device that is Optimized for Lync compared to one that is Compatible with Lync and you’re more than likely to hear the sound of few …

Reclaim Your Equipment InvestmentIf you are looking to upgrade your VoIP System to a newer one or upgrade your VoIP phones to the latest and greatest, perhaps you have thought about what to do with your old VoIP Equipment.

VoIP Supply is a fantastic place to start your research. VoIP Supply’s Reclaim program buys back old VoIP equipment and gives you credit towards your new VoIP System or VoIP Phones.

How Reclaim Program Works

First, you need to accept the fact that you have old VoIP equipment and you have to want to get rid of it.

There is no room for hoarders in the Reclaim program.  Once you have accepted that fact and are ready to be out with the old, contact our Reclaim Specialist, Mike Rehac. Email …

Digium_switchvoxIf you’re looking for technical help on how to fax with Switchvox, the helpful engineers at Digium have put together a primer to get you on your way.

Incoming Faxes

  • With the fax software installed, you can enter a default fax extension for each channel group or SIP provider so when faxes are received, they are routed to this extension.
  • You can set up an incoming call route so that one extension can handle both voice calls and faxes.
  • You can set up an incoming call route so that all activity on an extension is treated as a fax and sent to the same extension. This is useful if you want a dedicated incoming fax extension.

Outgoing Faxes

  • With the fax software installed, if you

Recently we kicked off another round of trainings here at VoIP Supply from some of our new hires.

New hire trainings, especially ones designed to teach them about VoIP technology and solutions, are always interesting for me (even though I’ve covered the same or similar material dozens of times before). These trainings are interesting because they provide me with fresh perspectives as to how those unfamiliar with VoIP view the technology and how to go about implementing it.

Like how the majority of people totally forgot the grand importance networks play in VoIP. In fact most people look at me a little dumbfounded when we start our trainings out with a thorough dive into networking.

You see the thing with VoIP is that implementations …

Note: This is the 3rd installment of a four part series detailing the design and implementation of an IP paging (paging over VoIP) system:  Part 1 and Part 2.

More often than not, a customer will say to me, Chris we are implementing this brand new IP PBX and IP phones and we currently have an existing analog based paging system in place we wish to incorporate into the new VoIP solution, how can we accomplish this?

The costs of replacing this equipment may be high (since IP paging equipment is somewhat costly) and the overhead of installing this new equipment may require:

  • New cable runs
  • New mounting hardware
  • Possible modifications to electrical runs

These additions and modifications may not be possible so incorporating existing paging …

Note:  This is the 2nd installment of a four part series detailing the design and implementation of an IP paging (paging over VoIP) system. Part 1 is here.

To start off our second segment on IP Paging we will continue to talk about the two methods that IP Paging is delivered in:

  • Unicast
  • Multicast

In both of these paging environments, two types of paging can be performed. Below we will talk about the two types of paging and offer suggestions to products that “fit the bill” for each type of paging.…

Note:  This is the 1st installment of a four part series detailing the design and implementation of an IP paging (paging over VoIP) system.

In many new or existing voice over IP deployments, integrating existing paging systems or deploying new IP based paging systems is becoming a much needed necessity.

In this series we will first detail the two common methods that paging is delivered over an IP network utilizing, then discuss how these methods are delivered over network infrastructure such as switches and switches, an IP PBX such as asterisk, and paging endpoints such as IP Phones for desktop paging and overhead speakers and amplifiers that are SIP enabled for much bigger paging solutions.

After we discuss this, we will offer a few product suggestions designed …

Introducing Twinstar…what do you know about Failover!!!

If you are new to the VoIP game or are a seasoned veteran, we all know that in business…we need to be able to make and receive phone calls. Most businesses rely on this type of communication to handle the day to day business activities. Also, it is required in most cases of an emergency.  With the introduction of IP PBX’s and VoIP, we all know that there are great ways to reduce costs as they relate to your recurring  traditional phone “bills”, but what happens if your  IP PBX decides it wants to crash and fail. In either case, this is a recipe for disaster. What if you can’t make phone calls? Can you run your business? …

Open Source solutions are very prevalent in the VoIP industry, particularly surrounding the open-source telephony engine Asterisk.

Open source telephony applications have opened many opportunities in the VoIP industry and many companies such as trixbox, elastix, freepbx, pbxinaflash, and rhino, which are just a few, have taken the asterisk source code (licensed under the GNU GPL) and rounded it to their own business applications. Since the topic is “open-source”, the source code of Asterisk is distributed freely among companies, users, administrators, developers, and integrators alike and together have produced the world’s most powerful telephony engine and what that means to you, the VoIP customer is, a freely distributed source code or compiled ISO of a feature rich IP Phone system better termed as the IP …