Note: This is a guest post from Mark Dacanay.

Now that more and more businesses are moving towards the cloud, it would really be helpful to learn about all the equipment you can use to maximize its potential. One of the Cloud’s practical applications for business is communications. Businesses can use the Internet as a communication medium for voice and video calling, text messaging, and online faxing. Voice over IP or VoIP is the Internet protocol that makes voice and video calling possible via the web, using connected devices like computers and mobile devices.

Aside from PCs and smartphones, there is still other hardware that you need to know, in order to make the most out of VoIP for your business. Here are a few of them to get you started:


VoIP Routers

A router is a network hardware that allows your local network, including your computers and other devices, to communicate with the Internet. This is an important VoIP hardware because it is your network’s first line of defense. This keeps your local network safe, including your communications system, which is vital to the success of your business.

VoIP routers are really useful for companies with multiple office spaces sharing the same network. Aside from the added security from hacking and information leak, having multiple VoIP routers distribute the user load, especially when your business revolves around calling and contacting clients, or getting calls from customers throughout the day.


Telephone Handsets

Perhaps the VoIP hardware that we’re most familiar with is the telephone handset. These are the ones that we are likely to end up using, as it likely retains the same features as that of the common telephone. VoIP-enabled telephones allow us to make and receive calls, only this time, through the Internet. Currently, you can opt between using IP phones (intended for VoIP use) or your traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) handsets. The advantage of using IP phones is their plug-and-play compatibility, wherein right off the bat, you can use it to make and receive calls. There’s no need for conversions or other long-winded processes to be able to use your regular home phones as an IP phone.

Aside from your typical wired handset, you can also use a wireless IP phone for added mobility and flexibility while you use it on your network. By integrating a Wi-Fi adapter on a cordless, battery-powered handset, you will be able to connect to your network and take calls as you would in a regular phone. Only this time, you can move around and go from room to room because you’re not tethered to your desk by a wire.

While there may be other ways to use VoIP (like PC-to-PC VoIP, mobile device calling, etc.,) nothing beats the experience of lifting a phone to your ear to make and receive a call, even if it uses an Internet connection. This is why having telephone handsets as part of a modern network is a practice that will never get old.


Analog Telephone Adapters or ATA

Grandstream HT802 ATASpeaking of using your old PSTN handsets for VoIP, there’s one important device that you can get in order to do so. Analog Telephone Adapters or ATAs acts as a hardware interface between your regular, wired PSTN phones and your digital VoIP line. This is particularly helpful if you have a lot of PSTN phones, maybe from your old, onsite telephone system. This will save you a lot of money from buying new VoIP handsets, which are fairly more expensive because of all the new tech that goes with them. If you are using PC to PC VoIP, you don’t need an ATA. However, if you plan on using your home or office with existing analog phones, such an adapter is a must.


Computers and Mobile Devices

Nowadays, VoIP is mainly done through computers and mobile devices. The ease of use, plus the proximity to these devices have replaced the need for a wired handset on your desk. Using your mobile devices and computers to make and receive VoIP calls gives your employees more flexibility. They’re not tied down to a desk, meaning, they could be doing something else (more work!) while taking a call. Computers usually have a software installed so that you can have the full functionality of a handset, all in your computer. All you need is to connect another piece of hardware, a headset, on your computer and you’re good to go.

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets were built with mobility in mind. This is why these devices are fully suited for office use when paired with VoIP. Imagine being able to reach your employees no matter where they are, as long as they’re connected to your network. Other features could be integrated, like having a  business application that not only enables VoIP calling, but also integrates other productivity features like team messaging and collaboration, tasking, and more.

With a bit of a background in VoIP hardware, you will now have an idea what to get for your company’s network and communications system. You don’t have to get everything listed above, just choose the ones that fit your needs and your current communications setup.

Have questions about anything that was covered in this post? Read out to one of our VoIP experts by calling 800-398-8647 or contacting us by email!

Mark Dacanay is a Digital Marketing Professional who has been working with a B2B company offering cloud-based services for more than 5 years. He is obsessed with anything about the cloud – the technology, not the fluffy stuff in the sky. You can reach him through Twitter and LinkedIn.

Snom has been known for its affordable and reliable IP phone solutions. Their SIP 700 Series features VPN, auto-provisioning & redirection, remote management, and more advanced capabilities. To take your communication experience to an even higher level, today, Snom introduced a whole new deskset, the D785, to provide you a larger color display and more advanced support. Let’s delve into the details!

4.3-inch Color Display With 24 Self-Labeling Keys

The D785 is a 12-line SIP Phone featuring a 480×272 large color LCD display for a clearer view. The 24 self-labeling keys (4 pages) allow you to customize your phone to better fit in your business and work environment. Need more flexibility? Pair the D785 with up to three D7 expansion modules to gain 18 more programmable keys per module with multi-color LED! The D7 expansion module is compatible with all D700 series phones except the D710/D712.

If you are looking for a powerful and flexible deskphone, you won’t want to miss the D785 deskset! Bluetooth, EHS, Dual Ethernet ports (GigE), and Power over Ethernet (PoE) are just some of the flexible connectivity options offered by the D785. You will be able to easily connect your device to a headset and power it without an additional power supply. Best of all, the D785 also comes with optional WiFi and DECT support via a USB port, giving you the freedom to have a hands-free conversation!

Key Features:

  • Optional WiFi and DECT Support via USB port
  • Dual Ethernet ports (GigE)
  • EHS adapter support
  • Support for up to three D7 expansion modules
  • USB Port
  • Support for up to 12 SIP lines/accounts
  • Soft bumpers to “mute the handset click”
  • SIP and PCAP trace in phone
  • VPN
  • Remote management: TR-069/TR-111
  • Auto-provisioning and redirection
  • Best-in-class audio

Check out how the new D785 deskset compares to other IP Phones in the SIP 700 suite below!

SIP 700 Series Comparison Matrix

Availability of the D785

The D785 IP Phones will be officially released in early February 2018. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, mark your calendar for our D785 Product Webinar on Jan. 29th as we share the product details, advanced features, Snom 700 Series comparison, and more!

Check Out Snom D785!

If you are looking for new office phones but are keeping a budget in mind, then the new Fanvil X2P should be on top of your list.

This new release comes with everything you’d expect from a high-end model VoIP phone, for the price of an economy phone. And it looks great too!

One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time is that Fanvil actually swapped out the handset on this phone and gave it the ability to use a footswitch to answer and end calls! I feel like this is something that has not been done before and would be a great fit for a call center environment!

If you need more convincing, just watch this short video we put together for you!

Are you looking for a headset to pair to your Grandstream phone but you are not sure which headsets are compatible? Grandstream phones have tons of comparability options with any headset manufacturers, one being Sennheiser. We understand how tedious it can be to look into each product one by one and filter out the ones that are compatible with your Grandstream IP phones. Let’s sort things out together!


Sennheiser provides multiple corded and wireless headset options to pair to your Grandstream IP phones. The popular choices below are all compatible with Granstream’s GXP1600 Series (small to medium business phones), GXP1700 Series (enterprise phones ) and GXV Series (video phones):

Sennheiser’s Corded Headsets:

headset1You will need the CSTD 01 quick disconnect cord to use Sennheiser’s corded headsets with your Grandstream IP phones. The quick disconnect cord allows users to easily disconnect the headset from the cable.


If you are looking for a solution without tangled cables on your shoulder, be sure to check out the options here that also work for Grandstream’s GXP Series and GXV Series. Simply connect the device with your IP phone via CEHS-AV 04 cord, and you are ready to talk!

Sennheiser’s Wireless Headsets:

If you are using GXV3240 or GXV3275 video IP phones, you can also connect with MB Pro Series and PRESENCE Series via Bluetooth.


Want to find out more Grandstream compatible headsets? Download our VoIP headset and phone compatibility guide to learn more compatible options!



Yealink’s T5 media phone series made their global debut at the 2017 Channel Partners Conference and Expo. This series includes the T58V/A, the T56A, the T54S, the T52S and one Expansion Module.

Designed for multiple usage scenarios, the Yealink T5 media phone series provides businesses of all sizes with an all-in-one solution that is fully scalable and flexible. Let me walk you through all the models!


First, let’s look at some highlights of the T5 Series:

  • Enriched Features and Improved Productivity: The entire T5 Series is loaded with a full range of features including up to 15 SIP accounts, dual port GigE, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB headset and color-screen expansion support.
  • Two-megapixel Adjustable Camera and Screen: The T58V features a two-megapixel adjustable camera and an adjustable screen to enable a life-like video communication.
  • Heads-up Screen and User Experience: The T5 Series utilizes a heads-up LCD color screen design to allow users to view screen information easily and to check contact info at a glance.

Now, let’s check out each model one by one!


The Yealink SIP – T58V/A Smart Media Android Phone

The T58V media phone is the top highlight in the T5 Series roll-out. It features a two-megapixel adjustable camera and an adjustable screen to enble a life-like video communication. This solution is a great fit for business professionals who demand a productivity-enhancing visual communication with the ease of a standard phone.

The T58A is a similar, simple-to-use media phone without a camera support. It is based on Android 5/1/1 operating system and is coupled with a built-in web browser, calendar, recorder, and more.

  • 7 inch (1024 x 600) capacitive adjustable touch screen
  • 720p30 HD video
  • Runs Android 5.1.1
  • Built-in Bluetooth 4.0+ for headsets and pairing mobile devices
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • USB 2.0 port (2.0 compliant)
  • Up to 16 VoIP accounts
  • Up to 5-party video/audio mixed conferencing and up to 3-party video conferencing

Access to the T58V datasheet and the T58A datasheet

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The Yealink T56A Smart Media Android HD Phone

The T56A is a 5-way audio conferencing phone that supports enriched HD audio and Android 5.1.1 operating system. This solution features a 7-inch fixed multi-point touchscreen, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0+EDR.

  • 16 VoIP accountst56a
  • One-touch speed dial, hotline
  • Group listening, emergency call
  • Set date time manually or automatically
  • Dial plan, action URL/URI
  • RTCP-XR (RFC3611), VQ-RTCPXR (RFC6035)

Access to the Yealink T56A datasheet

The Yealink T54S Smart Media Phone

The T54S is a 3-way audio conferencing phone that’s designed for the high-end users providing a distinctive appearance and robust structure. It features Opus audio codec that provides superb audio quality, Gigabit Ethernet and built-in Bluetooth and USB.

  • 4.3″ 480 x 272-pixel color display with backlightt54s
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0
  • USB 2.0 port for USB recording and wired/wireless USB headsets
  • Opus Codec support
  • T54S&T52S firmware and Auto-P template unified
  • Up to 16 VoIP accounts
  • Dual-port Gigabit Ethernet
  • PoE support

Access to the T54S Datasheet

The Yealink T52S Smart Media Phone

The last but not the least, the T52S media phone comes with a 2.8 inch 320×240 pixels color display screen and HD audio full-duplex speakerphone. This is a 3-way conferencing phone with up to 21 memory keys and up to 12 SIP accounts. Same as all other T5 Series phones, the T52S also supports Bluetooth, GigE.

  • 2.8 inch 320 x 240 color displayt52s
  • 3-way conferencing
  • HD Codec, HD Handset, HD Speaker
  • Built-in Bluetooth

The Yealink T5 Series ExpansionModule

The functionality of the T5 Series can be expanded even further when you combine them with the Yealink T5 Series Expansion Module. This module includes three pages of 20 flexible buttons that can be programmed for up to 60 various features.

  • 4.3″ 272 x 480-pixel color screenexpansion-module
  • Color icons for rich visual experience
  • 20 physical keys on each page with dual-color LEDs
  • Three independent control keys with illuminated LED for fast switching pages
  • Supports up to 3 modules daisy-chain
  • Stand with 2 adjustable angles
  • Applies to Yealink T5 Series (SIP-T58V/SIP-T58A/SIP-T56A/SIP-T54S/SIP-T52S)

See the comparison chart below to compare T5 Series side by side!

Access to the T5 Series Brochure

Shop Yealink T5 Series


digium-d80Recently, Digium’s D80 IP Phone received the 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award.

The D80 IP phone is an HD touchscreen desk phone for businesses who are looking for a high-quality phone at an affordable price. It features a 7-inch HD display with multi-point capacitive touchscreen, 100 rapid dial/busy lamp field (BLF) entries, dual 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit network ports and advanced touch-optimized applications.

Digium is proud to be honored and dedicated to continuously moving forward with innovative, easy-to-use and affordable devices.

“The award honors the best, most innovative unified communications products and solutions released in the last twelve months.” as judged by the editors of TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Take a look at the D80 IP phones today and learn what great features it has to offer!

As a proud partner of Digium, we would like to congratulate them on this award!

skype 4bAre you a Skype for Business (SFB) user but not using SFB-optimized IP phones? Then, you are really missing out!

Using a SFB optimized VoIP phone can not only increase your call quality, but also make your work more effective and efficient. In this multi-media world, communication is more than just talking on the phone. Outlook integration, Instant Message, Voicemail and Videomail are just some of the useful features countless professionals are benefiting from using an optimized IP phone.

So, follow us to explore the best SFB-optimized IP phones that can give you a better communication experience!


The Polycom VVX600

Polycom VVX 600

The Polycom VVX600 is one of the most popular options for Skype for Business users. Built with executives and managers in mind, the VVX600 features a 4.3” gesture based, multi-touch cable capacitive touchscreen LCD display. This powerful solution comes with the capabilities to manage Microsoft Exchange Calendars, receive meeting reminders/ alters, access the corporate directory and Instant Messaging/presence status, etc. With the web-based, intuitive configuration tool, users can deploy and manage the system easily and quickly. Click here to download the Polycom VVX 600 Datasheet.

Core Features:

  • 16 line registrations
  • 4.3in LCD gesture based, multi-touch capable capacitive touchscreen
  • Voicemail and video mail support
  • Dual USB ports (2.0 compliant) for media and storage applications
  • Dedicated RJ-9 headset port with EHS support
  • Two-port Gigabit Ethernet switch


The Mitel MiVoice 6725mitel-6725

Choose the Mitel MiVoice 6725 if you are looking for a full featured IP phone optimized for use with Skype for Business. The MiVoice 6725, a certified Skype for Business compatible VoIP phone, offers full color 3.5” LCD screen and a separate Unified Communications (UC) presence icon for direct access to features and presence indications in Lync. Its exceptional voice quality allows you to hear and be heard clearly. Professionals love its easy integration with Lync destop, Outlook calendar, contact, click to dial and much more!

Popular Features and Functions of Mitel MiVoice 6725:

  • Embedded Microsoft Lync 2010 Phone Edition Software
  • Color Screen
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Direct desktop integration
  • Personal presence indicator
  • USB interfaces
  • Speakerphone


The Snom D725

snom 725

The last but not the least is the Snom D725. Coming with 12 identities and 18 two-color multi-purpose LED keys, the Snom D725 is a flexible Skype for Business certified solution designed for busy multi-taskers just like you. If is a Gigabit VoIP phone that offers wideband HD audio, PoE, USB port and more. The D7 expansion module and the 18 programmable keys give users the highest flexibility to meet their business needs. Access to the Snom D725 datasheet. Watch the product video below to learn more!

The Snom D725 Features and Functions:

  • 4-line B/W display
  • 18 LED function keys
  • 12 SIP identities
  • Wideband audio
  • Hands-free operation
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)

What kind of IP phone are you using for your Skype for Business? What’s your experience? Visit our website or contact one of our VoIP experts at 1-800-398-VoIP to learn more Skype for Business optimized IP phone options today.

Aastra has just released their new Aastra 6800i Series that includes four VoIP phones models to serve a variety of users.  The 6800i Series offers Aastra’s best quality, features, and pricing to date with three key selling points:

  • Design:  A thin, modern, space saving design
  • Audio:  Enhanced HD audio for natural sounding calls even with the speakerphone
  • Power Consumption:  Environmentally and budget friendly power saving features

Our first look at the Aastra 6865i is the next level up from the 6863i base model in this range of phones.

What Is It?

The Aastra 6865i is a 9-line VoIP phone in a compact design that offers:

  • Display:  Easy to read 3.4″ LCD display with large fonts and soft white backlighting.
  • Audio:  Includes Aastra’s high definition Hi-Q™ audio technology for clear calls from the handset, headset, or speakerphone.
  • Connectivity:  Dual Gigabit Eithernet ports.
  • Flexibility:  XML capable, 8 programmable keys, and an innovative headset port that supports both DHSG/EHS and 4-pin connections – no additional adapters or cables are needed for wireless headsets.
  • Power Savings:  Uses efficient Power over Ethernet (PoE) Class 2, allows you to set up power management features, and is compatible with an optional energy efficient Level V AC Adapter
  • Accessories:  Wall-mount kit and two Expansion Module options with the color LCD, 28 key M685i Module and the cost efficient 16 key M680i Module.

Who Is It For?

The 6865i is a great choice for small to large business that need a versatile phone with multiple lines and headset options and for anyone who appreciates Aastra’s commitment to power saving features and use of recycled and biodegradable materials in their packaging materials.


The 6865i is currently priced at under $155.00.


The 6863i has an estimated shipping date of April 2014. VoIP Supply is currently taking pre-orders.


Aastra has just released their new Aastra 6800i Series that includes four VoIP phones models to serve a variety of users.  The 6800i Series offers Aastra’s best quality, features, and pricing to date with three key selling points:

  • Design:  A thin, modern, space saving design
  • Audio:  Enhanced HD audio for natural sounding calls even with the speakerphone
  • Power Consumption:  Environmentally and budget friendly power saving features

Our first look at the Aastra 6863i is the entry level model in this range of phones.

What Is It?

The Aastra 6863i is a dependable 2-line VoIP phone in a compact design that offers:

  • Display:  2.75″ monochrome LCD display
  • Audio:  Advanced audio processing from software, including Aastra’s high definition Hi-Q™ audio technology, and hardware, provide you with remarkably clear calls from either the handset or the speakerphone.
  • Connectivity:  Dual 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports
  • Flexibility:  3 programmable keys
  • Power Savings:  Uses efficient Power over Ethernet (PoE) Class 1, allows you set up power management features, and is compatible with an optional energy efficient Level V AC Adapter
  • Accessories:  An optional wall-mount kit is available

Who Is It For?

The 6863i is ideal for common areas that need a basic phone, for workers who have low call volumes and don’t need many line appearances or have any use for advanced features, and for anyone who appreciates Aastra’s commitment to power saving features and using recycled and biodegradable materials in their packaging materials.


The 6863i is value priced at under $100.


The 6863i has an estimated shipping date of April 2014. We are currently taking pre-orders.