Premise-Based VoIP Phone Systems
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With a Premise-Based VoIP PBX phone system, the hardware is located within your facility, typically on your server or in your phone closet. This type of phone system is also commonly referred to as an Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange (IP-PBX) and can have higher up-front costs, however over time costs significantly less. For businesses in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR areas interested in Premise-Based VoIP PBX phone systems, the cost generally depends on how many employees will be using the phone equipment and what specific features are needed.
How Does a Premise-Based VoIP Phone System Work?
Premise-Based VoIP phone systems operate through signaling conducted with an IP phone to a PBX over a Local Area Network (LAN). In order for a business to utilize an on premise business phone system, the wiring infrastructure in your location must be modern (Cat 5e, Cat 6 or Fiber).
Many IP-PBX systems offer enterprise-level solutions that are affordable for many small and medium sized businesses. IP-PBX systems can be fully customized to meet individual business requirements and calls can be placed using traditional phone service or VoIP using SIP trunking.
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Benefits of Premise-Based VoIP Phone Systems
Premise-Based VoIP phone systems offer better and more consistent call quality than Hosted VoIP PBX systems. This is because the call traffic or signaling occurs on your network rather than involving switches that can be up to thousands of miles away. This phone system also enhances your ability to catch packets before they drop by having fail-overs set up to traditional phone lines, resulting in a more reliable user experience.
Furthermore, these systems offer an easy way for companies of any size to switch over to VoIP and benefit from all the latest modern telephone system features. Upgrading to VoIP can bring substantial cost savings; often enough to cover the cost of the equipment within 12-24 months. Additionally, new features can be added to the system as they become available usually for the cost of a service call. Systems utilizing both traditional phone service and VoIP phone lines have built in fail over protection so that if one type of phone service isn’t working phone calls can still be completed. With Hosted PBX systems, if the VoIP lines are down calls are not getting through.
Is An On Premise Business Phone System Right for Your Company?
Premise-Based VoIP PBX phone systems are perfectly suited for businesses that meet one or more of the criteria below:
- You have a mobile staff
- You have modern wiring at each site
- You would like to keep at least one traditional phone line for faxing, alarm service, or as an emergency back-up line in case of a VoIP failure
- You want enhanced customization such as call queuing, ability to quickly change your find-me-follow-me settings, etc…
- You’ve tried Hosted VoIP and your Internet connection isn’t stable enough to support it