by Mike Rochelle
You keep hearing "that" word...VOIP. And you think..."It is a strange term, but you wonder "Is this something I should know about?!?" You don't want to be out of the loop, but it IS a strange word. Not to worry, let me explain:
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using a broadband (DSL, Wireless or Cable) Internet connection. (see "What is Broadband" in this month's Newsletter)
VoIP phones can be regular phones with an Internet ready adapter attached to them or they can be phones that already have that included (VOIP phone). An extremely low cost VoIP solution is to use a microphone and speakers attached to your computer to talk to others.
The way VoIP works... is that you connect your internet-ready phone to a broadband connection. The phone configures itself by first learning information about your network... like how to get to the internet. After it learns how, it then locates its special computer on the web that knows it is your phone wanting to be authorized to make and receive calls. Once authorized, it performs like a standard phone. This may sound like a lot of steps, but it all happens very quickly.
- Very affordable Long Distance
- You can plug your VOIP phone into any broadband connection to make and receive calls. "It travels with you".
Non technical info can be found at:
A more technical article on the "How To's of VOIP" can be found at:
How to of VOIP
- Very important - you may not be able to call 911 depending on your service.
- It is presently recommended that you still retain a landline, as VOIP is not 100% reliable yet.