Setting Up Your Small Business VoIP

Setting up a small business phone system has become a necessity for companies that wish to enjoy continued success. Instead of investing in traditional telephone systems, companies are moving towards more advanced technology that offers increasing benefits over it’s predecessors.

These technological advances are giving small businesses the benefit of improved customer service and higher levels of productivity. Although the newer systems can work out to be more expensive than their older cousins, the long-term benefits often make up for the higher cost. All crucial factors to bear in mind when deciding where you want your business telecommunications to take you in the future.

VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol, spearheads the advances in this area and is fast becoming one of the most tried and tested technological developments when small businesses look to employ new communication systems. Instead of using circuit switched technology where a dedicated path is used for the entirety of a call, VoIP technology treats voices as data that are sent as tiny parcels of information over data networks. This information, or data, is then converted back to audio when it reaches its destination.

There are several components needed when setting up a VoIP system. A central device is required to manage calls and data in much the same way as a conventional exchange unit works in regular telephone systems. This can be a dedicated piece of hardware that performs the function alone or as software running from a specialised server.

Also needed is a data network and, of course, telephones.

The biggest advantage for the use of VoIP is for business with multiple locations where all offices with LAN or WAN capability share the benefits of using just one telephone system. Most importantly, calls to other locations within the network are free and can offset the cost of the initial set up.

Also, employees on the road can phone into the network using a virtual private network which dramatically reduces the cost of other areas on the company phone bills. These advantages also pass over to the small business, who can keep communication at a completely internet and low-cost level as well.

VoIP can be set up independently and that may be a good solution for someone looking to integrate the system into a home office situation but even a small business should really look towards taking on external help.

There are already many experts in this new dawn in telecommunication technology. These experts not only take care of the complicated installation procedure, but also offer friendly, informal advice as well as ongoing customer support and the provision of training company personnel in how to use the VoIP system.

Using experienced VoIP technicians should ensure a smooth, problem fee transition form your existing system. Although self-installation is an effective cost cutting exercise, losing your phone lines for a week then having to hire a specialist will only cost more in the long run anyway!

The cost effective nature of VoIP is sure to see more and more companies taking this new technology on board as conventional exchange systems become more outdated.