Wireless communications can be integrated into a VoIP network to increase flexibility of use.
There are a few methods by which a mobile handset can communicate over wireless. Wi-Fi and DECT are the two most commonly used and most debated. Before we get into the advantages of DECT, let’s take a look into what DECT actually is.
What is DECT?
DECT or Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications is a digital communications standard of which is primarily used for creating cordless phone systems. Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications uses base stations and SIP to connect to your VoIP PBX.
DECT runs on 1880 MHz-1900Back in the early 1980’s, when cordless analog units began to reach European shores from the Far East, techies quickly adorned to the fact that commutating digitally would be better. This meant less crackle and interference, afforded the use of more phones within a small space, a higher measure of security against eavesdropping, the ability to move throughout buildings by passing over between base units, and more.
In the mid-1990’s, DECT technology was beginning to mature and become economically feasible. Quickly, all of the major telecommunications manufacturers hopped on-board and began developing product. In a nutshell, DECT is a radio access technology.
That’s all well and good but…What’s the big deal?
Advantages of DECT
DECT devices have the advantage of using their own spectrum. This means that there is NO COMPETITION for the use of precious airwaves between computers and Wi-Fi devices.
Another advantage of DECT is that the power required to operate is considerably less than Wi-Fi. In other words…it is possible that DECT can offer you more talk time! Wi-Fi requires more power as it wasn’t originally developed or designed with handsets in mind.
Taking advantage of DECT can save you money! Opting for a DECT VoIP solution can save you money. Leading manufacturers such as Aastra, Siemens, Snom, and Polycom all offer great affordable solutions that can cover different types of requirements from enterprise type solutions to residential users. If you have to cover a larger area, there are base stations that offer “roaming” and or “handover”.
Stay tuned as I will be continuing to cover the DECT and wireless VoIP spectrum over the coming weeks!
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