Intertex Delivers SMB SIP
Server"> Intertex Delivers SMB SIP Server This years VON show is all about SIP, the standard for VOIP calling around the world. But SIP has a problem, especially for home users: in most cases the SIP device has to be outside the firewall. That makes it hard for a home or office user to enable a single network to work with both firewall-protected PCs and VOIP phones.Why is this a big deal? Well, today most SIP users connect to a server and PSTN gateway in the cloud. Turn your SIP phone on, and it connects with a server at your service providerwhich often will charge you a fee for the privilege. If you want to call a PSTN phone, your SIP provider also typically provides a PSTN gateway, often connecting you to the plain old phone network from just a handful of locations in the U.S., meaning your call is mostly handled the old-fashioned way. When you run your own SIP server, you can choose the PSTN gateway you wish to connect with. If you expect that most of your SIP to PSTN calls will be to phones in Romania, youre free to hook the IX66 to a gateway provider in Eastern Europe, and thus end up with lower rates. But the fun really begins when you load the IX66 with Intertexs $500 SIP switch software, which is currently in beta. With this software, youre free to hook up with as many SIP to PSTN services as you wish. Contract with one in Britain, and get a local U.K. number. Keep the Romanian connection. Add an Indian one as well for an East Asian presence. Then instruct the router to send Western European calls to your U.K. gateway, Eastern European calls to Romania, and Asian calls to India. And because the SIP gateways can each give you a local number, you can receive local calls direct to your U.S. officeand route them accordingly. At least thats the plan. Its a bit pricey and complex for the average user, but sounds pretty cool for many small and midsize businesses. Well see how well it works, when the software ships later this year. I did play around with the demo on the show floor, and it was impressive. But I cant say whether it was all smoke and mirrors, or the real thing. Next page: Here Comes 100 Megabits.
Enter Intertex, who has developed a $200 firewall appliance and DSL modem that sits between your service provider and your network hub. The companys IX66 supports the SIP protocol as both a proxy and a registraror put more simply, it turns your home network into a SIP server.