Choosing the right phone for your VoIP Phone System can play an important role in your voice over IP experience. Polycom phones have long been touted as the go to SIP based phone, and for good reason.
Polycom phones offer excellent sound quality across a wide range of models, unique features, and advanced applications. The below information is a brief overview of the variety, features, and applications that distinguish Polycom phones as an industry leader.…
A VoIP PBX is different than a traditional PBX in the sense that your telephone calls are transmitted via your IP network, hence the name IP PBX (or VoIP PBX). An IP PBX doesn’t mean you have to give up your existing analog lines either; there is a difference between doing VoIP on the WAN and VoIP on the LAN.
A lot of customers using an IP PBX continue to use their existing analog phone lines and integrate them into their LAN through the use of a VoIP gateway or a PCI card.
The two primary reasons to switch to a VoIP PBX are cost and flexibility.…
Switchvox SOHO is Digium’s switchvox software offering for small or home offices, though many business including larger organizations can still benefit from the great features that SOHO offers. There are two other Switchvox offerings; including free and SMB which I will describe in later blogs. The SOHO version has a smaller feature set and was designed for small offices that require a professional phone system at a lower price point, or lower call volume than the SMB.
The internet has changed the way business operate, this allows a variety of companies; including small and medium sized organizations to compete with enterprise companies without having to spend huge marketing dollars to be recognized in the industry.
A lot of businesses these days find themselves faced with tightening budgets and outdated phone systems deployed 10 or more years ago. I speak with these types of businesses everyday; owners or IT administrators looking at exploring whether or not a VoIP system is a good fit for their organization and how to approach putting a system together or approaching a service provider.
While hybrid solutions exist and the use of a VoIP gateway can allow many companies to deploy VoIP using their existing infrastructure, most people I speak with these days are interested completely replacing their existing phone system.
For this there are two ways to approach this project:
I was recently discussing an asterisk implementation at a 12 seat organization, and the customer had some concerns about using a more developed solution such as the Trixbox or Swithchvox products due to budgetary constraints.
He had a fair amount of Linux knowledge and had used asterisk on a limited basis at home. Because he was not completely foreign to the subject he was ready to tackle the project, but needed some additional preparation.
To aid him, I found this link, just posted a couple days ago on Youtube which gives information on setting up a dial plan: