VoIP Router

The internet has changed the way we access information but it has also changed the way we make telephone calls. Callers can save a lot of money by diverting their calls to the internet and away from the phone companies. They can save even more money if they cancel their land line service and use the internet completely. The technology that allows this to happen is called Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP for short. Other terms used to describe it include internet telephony and broadband phone. One of the more popular ways to implement it is by using a VoIP router. This device combines a broadband modem, router, and telephone adapter into one compact unit.

VoIP allows telephone calls to be made and received over the internet, bypassing all or most of the phone network. Callers save money on their telephone bills by avoiding timed calls, especially if they make a lot of long-distance and international calls. While it is possible to talk over the internet without using it, calls cannot be made to a regular telephone and the caller cannot have their own phone number. VoIP provides both of these important features for a minimal extra cost.

In order to make and receive VoIP calls, the user needs an account with a VoIP service provider. This service may be provided by their ISP as part of their broadband account, or the user might choose to setup an account with a cheaper VoIP provider. There is usually a small fee to setup an account and a monthly service fee that may include a number of free calls. Most providers have one fixed call charge for each type of call, regardless of whether the call is local or international.

Regular telephones use an analogue signal which is different to the digital signals sent over the internet. To convert between the two signals, a telephone needs to use an analogue telephone adapter (ATA). They are usually housed inside a small box but they can also be built into a handset or a VoIP router. A typical ATA box has a power supply socket and one or more sockets for connecting the handsets and network cables. It also has indicator lights on the front showing the status of the unit and its connections.

A VoIP router is a regular broadband router with an ATA built into it. Without the ATA, the router would not be able to use the signal from the telephone handset. It does not matter if the phone is cordless, so long as the base station is plugged into the router. A VoIP router is generally more expensive than a router without VoIP support, but it is usually cheaper than buying a separate router and ATA box.

Installing a VoIP router is no more difficult than installing a regular modem or router. Once the broadband connection is active, it is usually a simple process of filling in some details in a web browser to activate the VoIP service. It is important to understand that VoIP is not as reliable as a regular land line because it is dependent on a working internet connection. If the network or the internet is not working, calls may be routed through the phone network and charged as regular calls.

Upgrading to a VoIP router may be too expensive for someone on a budget. The IP phone is a cheaper alternative for computer users who do not have an ATA box or a VoIP router. It combines a telephone handset with an ATA and connects straight into an existing modem or router. All the IP phone needs to operate is an account with a VoIP provider. Unlike the so-called softphones, an IP phone does not require any software installed and it can be used when the computer is turned off.

This VoIP Router Review is Written/Updated on Aug 2nd, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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