January 13, 2017 19:41
Published: July 25, 2018 13:41
Admit it. You have that song in your head now, too. You’re welcome.
All Schoolhouse Rock jokes aside, it’s about time that we take a look at the different ways that one can actually connect to the internet for their phone system. After all, for being around for only about 15years or so, internet phone connectivity has become quite the multifaceted experience. Below are a few of the ways one can link up.
Public Switched Telephone Networks (acronyms are fun!) are basically the old guard. Analog phone networks connected over hard lines along highways. We’re only putting them in here to give you an idea of where we’ve come from. It is still an option, though with the advent of the internet, it is quickly fading out of use. Poor analog. No damn respect.
This is probably the most familiar set of letters in this space. Of all the ways to use the internet to make phone calls, this is the one that you’ve most likely seen advertisements for and have heard thrown around by the guys in your IT department. It stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Basically, it turns your voice into little ones and zeros and sends them hurtling down the information superhighway to your intended recipient. In the world of business phone calls, this is the new hotness. How you get to it, on the other hand, tends to be the rub.
While it’s not likely a term you’ve heard a ton about, Internet Telephony Service Providers are the gatekeepers. They’re one of the couple of ways that you can access a VoIP network. The only problem is that there are about a million of them (figuratively speaking…) out there. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a couple dozen of them. The biggest piece of advice that we can give you about these guys is to DO YOUR RESEARCH! Look up the company. Call them and ask a million questions (A blog topic all to itself…). Don’t just hook up to the first one that comes along. Dinner and a movie first, I always say.
Direct Inward Dial is just a really fancy way to say the actual number that is dialed in order to make our phone ring. For example, on an analog (old fashioned) network, a business might have only one number into which a person could dial to reach someone in the company. With the advent of VoIP, a business can now have multiple numbers going into the same SIP trunk
(the thing that routes calls to the various extensions in the building…) rather than only depending on a single line. These are some of the main connectivity elements to a VoIP network, but they are nowhere near all of them. Is there one that you’d like to know about? Leave a comment below and we’ll chat!