How to Prepare Your Office for a VoIP System

Switch with connected cablesPrepare Your Local Network

Many offices switching to a VoIP phone system do not have the infrastructure in place to support IP phones.  VoIP phones require a Cat 5 Data jack to plug into to access the cloud system as opposed to a traditional phone jack that digital phones use.   Most office stations have a computer that is hardwired to the network allowing you to share the one data jack for both the phone and computer.  The VoIP phones R-19 provides have 2 ports on the back to act as a switch to provide internet to both the phone and computer.  Office locations that typically do not have data jacks available are conference rooms and kitchens.

Make Sure You Have a Reliable Internet Connection

  • With a VoIP phone system, the phone provider is only as good as your internet connection.  If you are in an area where your internet goes down all of the time, a VoIP phone system is not a good solution for you.
  • VOIP system solutions require a business grade internet connection.  DSL and other dial up services will not work.
  • Make sure that you are getting all of the bandwidth that you are paying for.  You can go towww.speedtest.net to test your network speed and match that with what you are paying for on your bill

Choose Your Router

  • Choosing a router that has Quality of Service (QOS) capability to prioritize VoIP Traffic is important.
  • Have your IT guy make sure that there are no firewall settings that could be blocking VoIP traffic.

Resources:

http://www.easyofficephone.com/resources/voip-requirements-checklist

http://phonewire.com/blog/6179

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