VOIP Phones Multiply at N+I

 
 
By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-05-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There is a stealthy upswing in VOIP phones going on this year, raising the likelihood that, in the next few years, you'll be able to wire offices with nothing but Ethernet— or, in some cases, no wires at all.

There is a stealthy upswing in VOIP phones going on this year, raising the likelihood that, in the next few years, youll be able to wire offices with nothing but Ethernet— or, in some cases, no wires at all.

Its the combination of voice-over-IP and wireless technology that provides the most incentive to switch. Symbol Technologies launched a new VOIP phone at N+I earlier this month that it claims is the first 802.11b-based VOIP phone based on the H.323 VOIP standard.

The circuitry crammed into this phone is amazing: 11M-bps 802.11b, TCP/IP, H.323 and POP3 (the phone can also receive e-mail), all implemented in hardware. The phone costs $699, and base stations cost $999. Its designed to let business users roam with their phones in buildings that already have 802.11 deployed, and it can be used with Nortel Networks VOIP gateway.

Avaya also previewed its new VOIP phone—this one a desktop model. The one I saw on the show floor had a USB interface and a beautiful GUI built into the phone.

 
 
 
 
Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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