Using the Internet for phone service has been around for a long time. VOIP allows voice data to travel over the Internet instead of through the old POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) lines. This will save you a ton of money if you are still using basic telephone service for long distance calls.
1. Broadband Internet Service– This can be through a cable provider, high-speed DSL, satellite provider or Verizon’s FiOS (Fiber Optic internet Service).
2. A VOIP Provider– Vonage, Comcast, AT&T and others provide this service.
3. VOIP Modem (ATA)- This is provided to you by the provider or you can purchase separately. The modem allows the signals to be converted from analog to digital for travel across the Internet. This allows you to plug in regular phones (not Internet only phones). In the truest sense this isn’t pure VOIP, but it is the cheapest and most quickly installed structure. If your broadband connection is good enough, your voice data will have high quality.
4. 5.8 G Hz Cordless phones– This is an important distinction because your wireless data network uses the 2.5 GHz frequency. Older model cordless phones also use the 2.5GHz so phone conversations will have an effect on your data network and vice versa. The newer 5.8 G Hz phones will not interfere with your wireless network performance. (See lower picture)
The VOIP Modem attaches directly to your wireless router. The Controller phone of a cordless phone set communicates with the satellite phones.
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