VoIP Over WiFi
People do not like being held down to desks. Many modern workers need to make critical calls outside their desks due to the shift to open-concept offices. This means you need to unplug your VoIP phone and carry it along with some wires to a small conference/broom closet. After it reboots, you can redial the number. These are some of why BYOD is so popular (more details later). When productivity suffers, you may need to switch to VoIP wireless.
Two options are DECT, or Wi-Fi-enabled when connecting to your office phones wirelessly. DECT is designed to transmit voice traffic separately from office data traffic. It doesn’t compete with bandwidth. Depending on how large your operation is, it requires dedicated infrastructure such as base stations and signal repeaters. First, let’s focus on how to integrate WiFi phones.
It sounds easy enough. It’s not as easy as ordering through 888VoIP to go all WiFi with your VoIP. Be aware of your needs before you start to type.
Wireless is not powerless
This is not a way to get rid of wires. This is not a clean-up operation for offices. Power is essential for base stations. Power requires cords. You are giving the users mobility. They will also take their phones from the base stations. This means that you should make sure your phones have enough battery life. Imagine a four-hour conference call, and then double that for the guy who forgets his phone at night.
2. Router room
Surprise! Voice traffic is traffic. This means that you will be putting more strain on your network infrastructure. Hardware limitations can cause slow or even non-existent WiFi connections if you don’t plan well. Check your router specifications to ensure you have enough data storage. You can also add access points to expand your reach. Based on the fact that an average VoIP call requires 64 Kbps (G.711) and 8 Kbps (8.729), you can base your calculations.
3. Get the phones fully functional
Unified Communications functionality is a good idea if you provide mobility. Some phones can integrate with Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express or Microsoft Lync. Ensure that your UC system can be combined with the phones you purchase. UC integration will tighten your processes and increase the value of your UC systems. Before making any decisions based solely on a bullet in a box, you must confirm that your UC vendor is compatible.
4. Make sure your investment lasts
Make sure you have the proper connection. Also, make sure your phone is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac frequency bands. This is the WiFi connection of tomorrow, with gigabits per second throughput. As a result, voice transmissions can operate in real-time without worrying about jitter caused by packets lost in a bottleneck.
It’s a whole new beast
These checks are a part of hardware sitting on desks. Businesses make every move with their phone systems. However, BYOD is becoming more critical. Employees will be using personal devices for business connections to join your WiFi network. Allowing BYOD is a must. You must be aware and adapt to changing access requirements.