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Cordless SIP

Feb 28, 2012

Many office environments are rusted onto the cordless phone model of operation. They are lightweight devices and provide obvious benefits. But what options are there for running a cordless VoIP solution?

There are two main cordless technologies supporting SIP phones. DECT and Wi-Fi are both popular and have distinct advantages.

DECT has long been the wireless technology of choice for cordless phones; if you have a Cordless at home you are likely to be running this already. The signal is supported by a bay station and the advantage is that it carries voice very well and at a decent range. It is suited to the user who needs mobility but can’t sacrifice voice quality or range. The down side is that a DECT network stands alone and requires a dedicated cordless SIP handset.

WiFi is of course on a fast track to becoming the ubiquitous wireless technology. Additionally the technology seems to be improving in terms of range and value for money. But because the signal is more vulnerable than DECT it is not as secure for quality voice. The big advantage however is that the hardware is far more readily available. Most internet devices have Wi-Fi capability, and with free SIP applications you are able to turn your Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone into a cordless VoIP phone (sometimes referred to as a softphone). Because you can enable your device to access multiple Wi-Fi connections you can benefit from a greater level of portability.

Call us to discuss what would work for you.

Tags: SIP

Author: Ed Hercus

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