110 Things You Should Know about VOIP
If you’re not on the VOIP (voice over IP) bandwagon yet, you’re likely planning to jump on soon. With Microsoft’s entry into the space last year, VOIP has gotten more attention than ever before. Both large and small companies alike are
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Voice Is Not Just Another App on the Network
VOIP traffic is real-time and latency-sensitive. For those reasons, bandwidth needs to be adequate to support it along with the other applications that share the network. It will be important to implem
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Start Any VOIP Project with a Pre-assessment of Your Network
Don’t assume your network is ready to handle VOIP. It may have lots of issues that don’t have an impact on data traffic but could cause a VOIP deployment to fail. Cabling i
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Don’t Assume You’ll Be Saving Big Bucks Initially on Toll Bypass
You’ll most likely have to upgrade your network to support VOIP and, at the very least, add POE (Power over Ethernet) to support it. Those upgrades, along with the
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Plan, Plan, Plan
It’s important to know what you want to accomplish and why, and then define your scope of action before you perform a VOIP deployment. Said one veteran implementer, “You can’t be successful unless you know wher
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Datacom, Telecom and the Skills Gap
It takes skills and expertise in both the data communications and telecom worlds to adequately support any sizable VOIP deployment. Be willing to train support staff to develop those skills, or think about going
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Don’t Forget a Disaster-Recovery Plan
Make sure you have some kind of backup for your voice traffic, whether that means having links to a legacy PBX or making sure your existing network can handle any kind of outage—including a power
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Research E911 Requirements
You’ll have to research your E911 (Enhanced 911) requirements, which vary from state to state. Some states will require the ability to identify the physical address of an E911 caller; others require the ability to
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Wireless VOIP Adds Yet Another Wrinkle
If you’re implementing wireless VOIP, you may need to revisit your access point coverage to make sure it’s wall-to-wall. Users will invariably try to work in places you might not have thought abou
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What about the Wiring Closet?
Will your wiring closets be big enough to accommodate any equipment you may need to add, such as local gateways and UPSs (uninterruptible power supplies)? And, with the additional heat generated by POE, you may need
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VOIP Is Not Secure
Just like data packets, VOIP packets can be sniffed, so it’s important that sensitive conversations and signaling are protected through encryption. You may also want to consider authenticating users and establishing auth
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