The Voice over Internet Protocol, or more commonly known as the VoIP, is not just the new kid in the communication block, it is a communication phenomenon. It has become increasingly popular among users especially as Internet usage continues to surge in 21st century.
Companies have started incorporating VoIP systems in their network as early as 2006. More and more users communicate over the Internet through their IP phones-especially for long-distance calls-as opposed to the traditional telephone.
VoIP, is definitely the next best thing since the invention of the telephone.
How the VoIP works
Voice over Internet Protocol transfers voice over the Internet by converting analog signals into digital signals. These signals are then compressed and clumped into larger chunks called IP packets. These packets are then streamed through the Internet and get sent to a receiver.
On the receiving end, the user can hear the audio signals in various ways. It won’t be a problem if the user receives it also via a VoIP software application like Skype. If not, the user can either receive the signals through an analog-to-digital converter or ADC, or plug into his network an IP phone.
As simple as this sounds, VoIP is more than just digital audio signals sent through the Internet. To create a successful VoIP call, computers of participating parties must operate under an existing protocol. This protocol guides the computers on how to exchange the signals smoothly. Included are things such as a standard format of the audio signals and so on.
Advantages of the VoIP
Companies and individuals alike are now using VoIP for its particular advantages.
It is very cost-friendly.
In fact it doesn’t require any costs at all. With VoIP, all one really needs is the necessary equipment (microphones, headsets, etc.) and an Internet subscription. The audio signals are sent over the Internet and do not need to pass through a company phone line.
Digital signals give better quality in communication.
Analog signals in regular telephony can be vulnerable to many distortions once it passes through telephone wires. Over great distances, bad weather can even affect quality of the audio signals. Digital signals however stay intact and thus give better communication quality, with only Internet connection speed standing in the way.
For important work conferences especially, the user can now not only have a meeting with his boss, he can research on the computer, send videos and photos while communicating.
It can be mobile.
VoIP is not only limited to computers and laptops. Mobile phones now also have Internet access capacities thus allowing the reception of VoIP calls.
It permits extension dialing.
Now, companies do not have to worry about distance in making conference calls because VoIP allows calls as far as the signals can take. Now, in any part of the world, bosses and employees can converse as easily as they would in a meeting room. VoIP also includes other features of regular telephones like voice mail and caller ID.