HOW TO SET UP A VOIP PHONE SYSTEM AT HOME
Do you know you can save your valuable money by setting up a VoIP phone system at home and getting rid of local telecommunications service. We can guide you how best to achieve this in this article. Read on to understand it in detail.
First you need to understand that there are three main methods of providing phone service to your home; namely a traditional landline, a VoIP phone system or a cell phone system. The traditional systems are usually expensive and will not be suitable for long distance or international calling. You will also not have facilities like caller ID in basic packages.
If you are planning to extend cell phone system into your home phone system by means of designated devices or a Bluetooth linking supported phone device, you will need to purchase a second line and pay additional phone charges and regulatory fees. In contrast, VoIP phone system setup is a cheaper option.
Before you set up a VoIP phone system for home, you should evaluate the following :
Number of users:
You should count the expected number of users at your home and evaluate how many lines you will need. You will need to analyse if your internet connection can withstand your call volume requirements. You will have to determine if any one at your home requires a separate number or simple extension will be ok.
Always check your internet connection to avoid hassle of voice distortions and poor call quality and disconnection. Before you do the VoIP installation, you should do this to save yourself of hassle of disconnecting and switching to other services later. Check out if the required upgrade in internet connection is within your budget.
It is easy to be charmed by add-ons and bonuses. Understand your budget and your requirements and find best mix. Do not add on unnecessary features that you will not be using but paying for still. Also determine if you want to pay annually or monthly and check for available discounts with each option.
As stated earlier, there are many features like conference calling, auto call router, mobile apps, unique numbers and much more. But you have to decide which features are must-have for you and which of those you will prefer to have but are not necessary. Listing the two categories of features will help you select suitable provider for your VoIP network at home.
VoIP server provider:
So now you should choose a provider. Your chosen provider must offer your required features, should be within your budget, should work efficiently on your internet connection, has good customer reviews, should provide reliable support and is easy to install and use. Remember you can do with simple easy packages for your home requirements most of the time.
Devices and hardware:
Now you can order all the required devices and phones. Check if you can use any of your current device or phone to save on additional costs. Also check for discount package that offer devices or phone with connection orders. Remember to use full VoIP Features, you may require to purchase a dedicated VoIP phone.
IP phone for home configurations:
Usually you will just connect your phone to Ethernet system, configure and use VoIP services on your phone. But in some instances, you might have to contact your service provider to and fro until you can set up your connection properly in presence of a firewall. You can watch tutorials or call service provider representative if you are not tech savy.