PREMISE-BASED VoIP PHONES
Things to consider when choosing if Premise-Based VoIP is right for you:
You have a modern wiring infrastructure in your office or in your multiple small offices (Cat 5e, Cat 6 or Fiber).
You have multiple offices and or remote workers.
You want your phone system on your site connected to your LAN for security reasons.
Land Line - Security
You need to keep a POTS (plain old telephone service) line for faxing or alarm service and you want to connect to the phones to use as an additional line for calling.
Land Line - Backup
You want to keep an additional POTS line or two for back-up because one missed call is all it takes for you to lose a big sale.
No Monthly Costs
You prefer no monthly costs for your telephone equipment. Above a certain number of phones it becomes more cost effective to purchase the equipment (roughly 15 users).
You have a mobile staff (sales people, mobile accountants, field technicians, auditors, consultants, recruiters, etc.).
You want to easily be able to control the re-routing of your phone lines in the event your Internet connection goes down.
You want to connect mobile devices to the Company phone system.
Long Distance Savings
You don’t want to change your carrier but, you can add VoIP trunks to save on long-distance costs.
You want enhanced customization: call queuing, ability to quickly change your find-me-follow-me settings, etc…
Voice & Data Together
You want to combine voice & data traffic on one network to save costs.
Mediocre Internet Connection
You’ve tried Hosted VoIP and your Internet connection just isn’t stable enough to support it. Having premise based VoIP equipment can help smooth out dropping “packets” and you can have fail-overs set up to POTS lines so that your user experience is more reliable.
Keep in mind that VoIP phones are dependent on an Internet connection. A broadband connection is required and for reliable operation it needs to be extremely stable. The more simultaneous users on your network the greater bandwidth you will need. And remember that it’s the upload speed that is far more important than the download speed.