Fire the Phone Company: A Handy Guide to Voice over IP by David Field

By David Field

Longing to damage unfastened from the telephone company's tethers? this can be where to begin! figuring out that VoIP remains to be simply an acronym to many (and an intimidating one at that), writer Dave box speaks squarely to you, the patron, demonstrating that you simply would not have to be a technologist to begin reaching major mark downs via net cellphone providers. retaining acronyms to a minimal, introducing very important phrases in sidebars, and utilizing anecdotal bills of real-world installations to customize the topic, this advisor offers every little thing you want to recognize to guage, decide on, and set up VoIP platforms. After studying simply what VoIP is and the way it got here into being, you will fast get all the way down to the nitty-gritty with chapters on picking a cellphone provider, making plans for VoIP, fitting the apparatus, constructing carrier, universal VoIP difficulties (and their solutions!), safety, getting the simplest price from VoIP, touring with VoIP, and the way forward for VoIP. Scattered all through, you can find lots of advice and sage suggestion to ease the best way.

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If you do not see a light, check your connections. Most modern computer operating systems automatically detect the environment they are started in and configure the appropriate network settings. You should be able to open a browser and get right online. Note Contrary to popular belief that this name stands for Packet INternet Groper, ping was designed by a gentleman who just needed a way to test a connection one night at Berkeley. He thought of submarine movies and the "ping" they used to locate other ships on sonar.

When you receive the device, all you have to do is plug it in. This can simplify installation, especially for those who really dread making network devices talk to each other. Preactivated hardware is also more likely to be up to date with regard to device programming for best reliability and performance. Retail starter kits may have been on the shelf for a while and might need a firmware update (discussed in Chapter 6) to fix minor performance and stability issues. Considering installation assistance Most VoIP providers can assist you with setup and configuration of your service.

Most VoIP installations are relatively trouble free. The point of this chapter is not to frighten you into inaction, but to introduce some of the challenges you'll face when you actually replace a telephone system with VoIP. In the next few chapters, you will proceed to install a VoIP system using the plans and challenges discussed here. You will discover that these challenges are easily surmountable and that you will have a stronger, more familiar telephone-style experience with your new system.

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