Monitoring and Managing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

As with most new technologies, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) brings new challenges along with benefits. The main challenge is VoIP’s extreme sensitivity to delay and packet loss compared with other network applications. However, a basic understanding of VoIP traffic and of the quality metrics provided by VoIP monitoring tools will help you keep your VoIP network running smoothly.

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VoIP Introduction

VoIP uses internet protocol data packets to transfer voice, fax, and other data over the shared network, rather than the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN), which is based on copper wires carrying analog voice data over the dedicated circuits. VoIP, in contrast to PSTN, uses what is called packet-switched telephony, whereby the voice information travels to its destination in individual network packets across the Internet that are assembled and then converted to voice. Learn the... Read More

The Business User’s Glossary to VoIP

"VoIP? Is that cheese?” When first learning about voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone systems, many business users aren't all that familiar with the technology, much less the terminology used when speaking about it.

This glossary provides a useful list of common terms and their definitions to help nontechnical business users familiarize themselves with VoIP. They'll learn that in fact VoIP is not cheese, but a form of IP (hey, that rhymed!).  Read More

Cloud VoIP SMB Phone System Buyer’s Guide

Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) can enjoy big business features from cloud voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions with little to no upfront spending. Other benefits include ease of use, minimal to no IT pros managing the system, scalability, and much more.

Download the "Cloud VoIP SMB Phone System Buyer's Guide," designed to highlight different vendors and feature sets that are noteworthy when it comes to purchasing an SMB phone system, so you don't have to. This guide is also... Read More

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Your Guide to Troubleshooting Voice over Internet Protocol

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