Voice Over IP Networks
Voice over IP networks are taking communication systems by storm! Effective and affordable, using these high tech systems allows a user to use a single network for their computer communications and their telephone communications. A VoIP gateway will carry your important data and your voice to business associates, friends, and family members for minimal costs, making this technology advancement an attractive option for consumers. Gradual, yet forward moving, computer communications are replacing traditional telephone services as the major communication choice of consumers, but there are hurdles for the computer voice communications systems to jump before they will totally replace the telephone or cell phone services.
Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP gateway communication is using Internet connections in place of the standard telephone. Consumers are able to actually communicate over their computers or Internet services. Voice over IP networks route the callers voice through an all-purpose packet-switched Internet network, in place of the circuit transmission lines used by telephone providers. While computer communications are considerably cheaper and offer more flexibility than the traditional circuit telephone lines and services, high tech gateway systems do have their challenges and are facing the need to fine tune services. The traditional phone or cell phone have not yet been totally replaced.
The advantages to voice over IP networks include costs, convenience, and technology affiliation. The cost factor is considered when consumers utilize only one service for their communication needs. Image only needing one communication provider for all of your transmitting needs!The voice over technologies cost pennies to use, and there are even Internet agencies offering free networks services. Convenient, these systems allow callers to work or call from anywhere they can receive a fast Internet connection. And for those who thrive on multi-tasking, gateway exchanges give the communicator the advantage of including other data or services, such as video and conferencing while using the telephone.
Some of the challenges or obstacles facing voice over IP networks include dependability. When VoIP gateway is used exclusively, there is no back up system for power failures, because the Internet is dependent upon power. Traditional telephone lines are dependent of power lines, so when there is a power failure due to natural disaster or power company problems, the traditional telephone line will continue to function, using their own source of back up power. When homes or businesses have additional power supplies, such as solar and battery energy or generator power, the power issue is not an immediate problem, but the new technology has to overcome this conveniences before the majority of consumers will look seriously at switching their telephone services.
Quality may also be an issue with voice over IP networks. Voice delays and poor connections with low speeds can cause for difficult conversations, especially when calling overseas. Congested and high traffic areas will be subject to poor quality VoIP gateway exchanges. And with the quality challenges involved with voice over networks, emergency calls can become a problem when there are dangerous or life threatening situations. There are issues surrounding the ability to locate network users, and some computer telephone systems cannot provide the service. Emergency 911 calls can detect locations and where a call may be coming from, sending help in the event that the caller does not know an address or cannot communicate adequately. Obviously, this is not possible with an Internet connection. The government of the United States is requiring that computer telephone networks find a solution to the emergency calls challenge, and VoIP systems are coming up with solutions and testing emergency systems now.
Telephone Internet systems have their challenges, and further development is being implemented now and supporters believe that Internet telephoning will be the future of communications. Some skeptics of the VoIP gateway communication systems tell us that the mobile or cell phone meets the needs of consumers, negating the need for an Internet voice and call service. But, advocates of these high tech communications networks are working hard to get this technology into consumers hands and give consumers viable options for telephoning and communicating. The future does look interesting and the options seem to be expanding. But, before switching to high tech voice and Internet communications, get as much information about the process and make sure that you understand any risks that may be involved.
Technology has ushered in limitless options for communications. As Christians, we can take advantage of the conveniences offered to us today by glorifying God with these tools. Perhaps God's plans include that mans technology advances and He utilizes all things to His glory. When tapping into the incredible advances of our world today, keep an eternal perspective on why we have these conveniences in the first place. Use all that God has given you to His glory. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." (Colossians 3:17)
Residential VoIP ServiceResidential VoIP service is offered to almost anyone who has access to broadband Internet access. The acronym stands for Voice over Internet protocol and defines a new way that consumers can have an Internet phone access in their homes. The most attractive thing about this new type of telephone access is the price. In many cases, for about half the price of traditional analog or landline service, customers can have home phone service with a number of extra features either not available or are added cost options with land lines. The list of providers is growing each year, and while no access provider is available everywhere, each provider's website can tell you whether or not access is available in a desired area.
There are actually two ways residential VoIP service can be available. The first is with a specially equipped phone, either a traditional analog phone with a voice over Internet protocol adapter or a voice over Internet protocol phone manufactured for this application. If this is of particular interest to the reader, it should be noted that some of the residential VoIP providers may or may not provide a dial tone for calling. With this method, the special phone or the adapter will plug right into a broadband service. In most cases, a high speed Internet connection is required such as DSL or broadband, but the broadband is more widely recommended. However, there are a few providers who will actually give voice over Internet protocol service to customers with the traditional dial up access, but heavy investigation should be pursued about speed, and quality of voice and service before investment is made with a dial up service.
The second method of providing residential VoIP service is with a person's computer. With this method the computer can become the phone with the use of a microphone/headset that can be purchased for a very nominal price and software provided by your choice of residential VoIP providers. Nevertheless, these companies have varying plans and costs, depending on what sort of access is chosen. Some plans may only allow the customer to call other customers with the same access protocol. Some plans may charge for long distance calls, while others have one flat rate per month for unlimited service. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
As a person begins to consider whether or not to hire a residential VoIP service, there are a number of issues to wrestle with before the decision is made. The first is by far the most serious, but it is not the most popular answer given when someone chooses not to use any of the residential VoIP providers. There is an explanation why this is the most serious but not the most popular reason for ignoring this Internet telephone access and it is because only in an emergency will anyone really care. Dialing 911 accesse in an emergency may not get the response a person was hoping to receive. Traditionally, emergency dispatchers have been able to know exactly where the call is coming from through a reverse directory address link that comes up automatically. With cell phones, it becomes a little trickier because the location of the nearest cell tower can be located, but it may take a little longer to pinpoint the exact location of the cell signal. Not so with the Internet phone service.
The federal government has mandated that all residential VoIP providers make sure that all 911 calls go to the nearest emergency dispatch center if possible. Also, if possible, these companies must be able to provide location and addresses of the customers using the Internt phone access. But unlike regular landline phones, the information doesn't necessarily pop up on a dispatcher's screen. And maybe in those few seconds or minutes, regrets about the service may surface. But this is not the popular reason for not using voice over Internet protocol telephone service.
The big reason is the quality of sound. Echoes, whines, screeches and just your average alien from outer space noises have been reported regularly on residential VoIP service. Now it should be noted that the quality is slowly getting better. When the signal is compressed, it can be improved and there are less echoes and alien life forms on the line and the reception improved. But most experts agree that the protocol is in its infancy and will be several years from having the kind of quality expected from land line telephones. In the end, just like almost everything else, price wins out, and in this arena, voice over Internet protocol providers are in the driver's seat.
The list of telephone options that would add a great deal to a monthly landline telephone bill is pretty impressive as standard fare for voice over Internet providers. Voicemail, call waiting, take your local number with you, caller ID, three-way calling, last call return, call forwarding, unlimited calling within the US and Canada, call blocking and message notification are among the many options that are usually standard on calling plans for voice over Internet protocol providers. Weighing all of the pros and cons of the still fledgling web phone access providers is an advisable thing to do. But after all, even if someone makes the wrong decision, it's not like selling away your liver or kidney. However, think of all the people that will agonize over landline versus Internet telephone access but live like there is no God to which one day we will all give an account.