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Old 09-07-2012, 11:02 AM   #23
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I'm considering switching my phone service to VOIP specifically VOIPO
I don't know didly about VOIPO (your description sounds rather Vonage-like) but you may want to investigate a more open solution. Most business class VOIP uses a teleset (usually many, of course) that connects to your normal LAN (the days of a local telephone switch are mostly over, btw) and gets power directly or via Power Over Ethernet (POE).

A sample teleset is...

http://www.amazon.com/Polycom-SoundP...+soundpoint+ip

A sample POE capable switch is...

http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-GS108T...netgear+gs108t

(see the little YELLOW tag on the leftmost port? It's Netgear's way of saying "this port offers POE"). The 'T' in that product name stands for powered. POE trades speed for power (some of those cable pairs in a CAT6 et al. cable aren't used until you get above 100bT).

Then you go hook up with a SIP provider and they route calls to/from you over the inter-tubes. Many SIP providers offer auto-attendants, hunt groups and advanced business features too (so you can act like a good a proper corporate entity ... never actually needing to employ time or humans to SPEAK with anyone). There was a good article on ArsTechnica (last year) about the topic (search their archives).

...or you might just use a (eek) cellular telephone (or wait for Microsoft to boil the Skype/Lync stew a while longer).

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