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August 29, 2012
Keeping VoIP Routers Cost-Efficient

By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor

VoIP technology is increasingly being used by businesses of all kinds for good reason. Not only does implementing VoIP enhance working practices by increasing efficiency, but it also clarifies work comprehension and boosts savings. Perhaps we’re not entirely aware of just how significant that last part is, though.

Many may think that adopting VoIP technology means taking up the burden of all of its associated costs, but that is simply not the case. In fact, according to one VoIP expert, individuals may soon get to throw away their worries over start-up costs completely.

In this day and age, anything associated with the dollar sign is predictive of our dependence on it, varying in levels of how many we see. The more there are; the more we typically want (or in some cases need) it. Firms are evolving in the modernity of today’s age, but are still set back by the prohibitive prices that ride the coattail of newer technologies.

According to this Informed article, Brad Chacos elaborated on this concept in a PC World blog post, noting that despite the above, the cost of setting up select VoIP services now can be “next to nothing.” First, however, users must take some things into consideration.

Chacos advises that businesses must investigate just how many simultaneous users they have on their systems; the more one has reflects how much bandwidth they will essentially need to get the most out of both its VoIP and Internet-based services. SMBs and sole traders will most likely need more bandwidth than most.

Additionally, businesses should be sure that they have switches and routers in place, which oftentimes assist with the traffic with is generating when using VoIP services.

“Most providers suggest using a router with configurable quality of service (QoS) settings and assigning VoIP traffic high priority to maximize quality,” Chacos said. “If your Internet service provider has a bandwidth cap in place, you should take that into consideration as well. Most VoIP service providers use the high-quality G.711 codec for VoIP communications, which consumes 64kb of data every second you talk. In reality, even a large number of people should be able to chat it up on VoIP without having to worry about hitting bandwidth caps, but you'll want to keep close tabs on your data usage to avoid exceeding that cap.”

One VoIP router provider, Patton (News - Alert), has effortlessly remained on top of the competition with its esteemed collection of VoIP gateway routers, including its SMARTNODE 4520, 4400 and 4900 SERIES, which work to provide advanced traffic management coupled with a full-featured VoIP Media Gateway (News - Alert) for toll-bypass, remote/branch office connectivity and enhanced carrier services. Patton works to maintain that its products go unmatched in the rapidly evolving VoIP market.

To see more about Patton’s line of VoIP routers, click here.

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Edited by Jamie Epstein

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