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Know and learn more about the hardware and special devices used for VoIP. See reviews, comparisons, purchase tips, and learn how to install devices and get them running.
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Making Free Calls on The iPad
Making Free Calls on The iPad - If you are one of the users of Apple's iPad, then you want to make the most of the investments you have made on your iPad. Using VoIP on your iPad can make you save a lot of money and save you from using your expensive GSM minutes to make calls. You can use the iPad to make free local and international calls just like you would using a simple computer with an Inter…

The Verizon Wireless Hub - To Buy or Not To Buy?
The Verizon Hub, with its nice features, touchscreen and impressive design, comes as a support to PSTN telephony. But is it worth the cost? Let's weigh the pros and cons.

Samsung SyncMaster 220TN/225UW - VoIP Embedded Into Monitors
Samsung has embedded VoIP functionality into monitors. The two new VoIP monitors SyncMaster 220TN and 225UW from Samsung come with camera, microphone and speakers integrated. 220TN has Windows XP installed, with accompanying VoIP client, while 225UW is designed for Microsoft Unified Communication tools.

VoIP Equipment and Solution Vendors
VoIP Equipment and Solution Vendors - There are several dozens of manufacturers and vendors for IP telephony products that provide us with the equipment to use VoIP. Some of them have emerged as leading vendors while the market remains very prolific and open. Here is a shortlist of some of the most popular and evaluated VoIP vendors.

Polycom SoundPoint IP 301 IP Phone
The Polycom SoundPoint IP 301 phone is a large phone with a large LCD screen, and rather small buttons. The looks are a bit out of the common. It gives a wide range of functions, accessible through soft keys. It has 2 Ethernet ports, 2 lines possible, a large LCD display, and has the possibility of being powered via Ethernet. It is however quite unusual in the looks.

Linksys SPA 942 IP Phone
Linksys SPA 942 IP Phone Review - The LinkSys SPA942/SPA941 phone is very attractive and perfectly designed for a nice look and feel. It is the phone to buy if you want to communicate professionally and in beauty. It is also quite easy to use. The phone gives a good performance. There is nothing much to complain about it, save its high price.

IP Phone
Siemens Gigaset C450IP Review - The Siemens Gigaset C450IP hybrid phone stands out by working with both VoIP and PSTN connections. It has a color screen with 4096 colors, with polyphonic tones. It supports quality of service (QoS) and can accomodate up to 6 handsets. It can also be used with a battery of 150 hours autonomy within a range of 300m outdoor. It is also quite easy to set up.

IP Phone
IP Phone Review - The Grandstream Budgetone 102 Internet phone is a cheap entry-level phone of interesting quality. The call is of good quality, it supports many features, and it has firewall support. The setting up is quite easy. It has two Ethernet RJ-45 ports that allow for good network sharing. The appearance could be better: the phone is quite cheap-looking. It however has large buttons that make it easy to use. This phone is excellent for small business and home users.

The Functions of a PBX
PBX - A PBX (Private Branch Exchange) is a switch station for telephone systems. It consists mainly of several branches of telephone systems and it switches connections to and from them, thereby linking phone lines.

The main technical roles of a PBX are: To switch between telephone users thereby creating connections; To make sure the connection remains in place properly by keeping its resources; To record the quantities, statistics and metering related to the calls

Top 4 Phone Adapters (ATAs)
An ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) is a device which makes the link between a PSTN phone line and your VoIP network. You should have one if you don't want to buy expensive IP phones. ATAs are connected to the ADSL router on one side and to your phone on the other. Here is my top list of ATAs.

Top 5 Wireless IP Phones
Top 5 Wireless IP Phones - Wireless IP phones are becoming very popular within VoIP networks due to the fact that they allow mobility and scalibility. Here is my top list.

Top 5 IP Phones
Top 5 IP Phones - IP Phones or SIP phones are special phones used for VoIP communication. They can be plugged directly to your router without using an ATA because they already have an ATA embedded. IP phones are very sophisticated and offer many hard and soft functionalities. Here is my top list based of performance, features, connectivity and appearance.

Top 5 VoIP Wireless Routers
Top 5 VoIP Wireless Routers - VoIP wireless routers are used for linking wireless LANs to the Internet. They are also called gateways, and they enclose a lot of functionalities. Once you have it working, you can connect any wireless device like IP Phones or even computers to it through Wi-Fi connections.

Phones You Can Use With VoIP
VoIP Phones - The telephone set is the piece of hardware that is closest to the human being in VoIP. It encloses both input and output for voice, and is the main interface between the user and the technology. There are several types of phones you can use with VoIP: existing PSTN phones, IP Phones, softphones and headsets.

Features of IP Phones
IP Phone Features - The features that come along with an IP phone are varied depending on their manufacturers, functionalities, and the solutions they are supposed to bring. They include LCD screen, feature keys, network ports, speaker phone, headset jacks, etc.

VoIP Hardware Provided by Service Provide
Service Provider Equipment - Most VoIP service providers offer, lend or rent the necessary hardware equipment along with their VoIP service. This is very convenient for VoIP users, but they should also be aware of the conditions accompanying such packages.

Special Phones for VoIP
There exist a number of phones which are designed specially to be used for VoIP. We normally call them VoIP or SIP phones. These phones very much resemble a normal POTS phone, but they are equipped with an internal ATA. Learn more about them.

Common VoIP Hardware Devices
Here is a list of the most common hardware devices used for Voice over IP.

The ATA, Its Features and Functions
What is an ATA? Learn about Analog Telephone Adapters and their functions and features, and how they are used to make VoIP connections.

What is a Router
A router is a device in computer networking that forwards data packets to their destinations, based on their addresses. A router can also be said to do switching, but a router is different from a switch. The latter is simply a device to connect machines to form a LAN.

ATA or Router?
Many people considering VoIP as a communication solution get confused about whether to use an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) or a router for deploying VoIP at home or their office. Let us see where to use what.

Can I Use Hardware From One VoIP Service With Another Provider?
Can I Use Hardware From One VoIP Service With Another Provider? Generally, no. Learn why here.

Top 5 Skype Phone Headsets
A Skype phone allows you to use the popular Internet VoIP service away from your built-in PC microphone, speakers and keyboard. These Skype phone headsets offer more convenient dialing. They also often feature cordless roaming and/or dual support for both traditional PSTN and Internet telephone services.

VoIP Phone Systems
See specifications and compare prices for VoIP Phone systems

VoIP Gateways
See specifications and compare compare prices for VoIP gateways and other hardware devices

What is a DECT Phone?
What is a DECT phone? DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology. In simple words, a DECT phone is a cordless phone that works with your landline phone line. It is the type of phone set that allows you to roam in the house or in the office while you talk. While a DECT phone is technically a mobile phone, we don’t use this term for it,...

What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Companies are allowing and encouraging their staff to bring their own computers and devices in the workplace to use. In the area of VoIP, BOYD allows subscribers to VoIP services to use their own devices rather than getting on from the service provider.

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