VoIP Hardware Center
VoIP NEWS is pleased to announce the opening of the VoIP Hardware Center. Here you can find listings, releases and reviews on all of the latest in VoIP hardware. VoIP Gateways, switches and routers, SIP gateways and servers and much more. Be sure to bookmark this page as it changes weekly. If you would like to inquire about any of the products you see here just click the Product Inquiry button on the menu to the left and fill out the form. To see the full range of products shown here just follow the menu links on the left. If you are a hardware manufacturer or vendor and would like to be listed just click the button that says "list your company" and fill out the form.
VoIP Hardware and Software Quick Tutorial
After you have the right hardware available, you can phone other users of VoIP hardware by dialling their IP Address. You can also make things easier by signing up for a FREE VoIP account. A VoiPTalk account will allocate you a VoIPtalk ID. You can then configure your VoIP phone with your details as described in the VoIP setup page. Users of other VoIP phones can contact you by dialling VoIPtalk ID@voiptalk.org or, if they are also VoIPtalk users, dialling your VoIPtalk ID. This guide will inform you about our VoIPtalk service and help you get set up, so you can quickly start enjoying the benefits of VoIP! It will provide you with a detailed view of all the features of your VoIPtalk account, information about VoIP in general and much more. Use the VoIP Guide Contents in the left column to locate specific information and topics.
Zoom Announces Innovative VoIP Hardware Product
Zoom Technologies a leading provider of communications products since 1977, today announced the ADSL X5v Model 5585. The Model 5585 integrates a VoIP voice port with a router, gateway, firewall, ADSL modem and four-port Ethernet switch into a single low-cost product. Integration of VoIP capabilities into a full-featured router solves security issues created by VoIP telephone services, simplifies setup and lowers the total hardware cost. Zoom?s TelePort TM feature allows the same phones to be used for either conventional telephone service or VoIP calls. The X5v allows customers to choose the features and costs saving of VoIP calling along with a second phone line that provides the services and convenience of a conventional phone connection. Using the TelePort feature, the X5v will automatically use conventional phone service for 911 emergency dialing, toll-free number dialing, or in the event of a power failure. The TelePort also allows conventional phone service to be used for local calls or any other call the user chooses.
VoIP hardware from ZyXel
The quizzically-named ZyXel has a couple of new offerings in the VoIP space. The ZyXel P-2302R gateway is a VoIP router that comes with two built-in phone jacks, enabling you to have two different phone numbers on the different ports- which means you could be, like, so bi-coastal it hurts. This is not really new, as most VoIP routers are now shipping with two ports, though the trick still remains to get those two numbers to work with a single handset. Also on deck is the next revision to ZyXel's Prestige 2000W VoIP WiFi phone (pictured, right, in all its retro clunky handset glory). Version two will support SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which basically gives you more interconnectivity options out of the box by keying you into SIP-based call servers and IP-PBXs as well as the usual VoIP client devices.
Phoning from your PC is ok, but it's not likely to tempt you to replace your standard land-phone with a low cost VoIP solution. If you want the "feel" of having a normal phone, then the solution is to get a telephone adapter. An adapter is a small box that you plug into your broadband router and then simply plug your standard home phone into the other side. aql supply pre-configured adapters which already have been programmed to make and receive calls via your aql account, all you need to do is plug it in. In the event that it does not work, it will try to send information to our systems to enable us to help you get up and running quickly. A telephone adapter box supplied, pre-configured, by aql will cost you £86 + vat (including UK postage + packing). To order, please log in and then follow the order hardware link. You do not have to purchase an adapter from us directly - there are several devices on the market. Please follow the links for more information .
A Guide to VoIP Hardware
IT managers would have had few choices when purchasing Wi-Fi VoIP infrastructure or phone hardware. But since the start of this year, major telecommunications manufacturers have jumped into the Wi-Fi VoIP field, vying for market share with a handful of start-ups that have developed products to meet the technical challenges of placing a voice phone call over a WLAN. In fact, three of the biggest names in telecommunications hardware have based their Wi-Fi VoIP products on WLAN switches fro Airespace. Alcatel, Nortel and the NEC America Inc. division of NEC Corp. all plan to resell versions of Airespace's WLAN switches, which promise handoffs between access points with latency of 30 seconds or less.
A PC headset is a very common multimedia device which allows you to hear audio from your computer and input your voice by using a microphone. You can use a PC headset to communicate with any VoIP software like Skype or any other voice communication software. PC headsets can connect to your computer via your sound card, thus requiring no driver. Other types connect to a USB port of your computer and act as a separate audio device for your computer. Handsets resemble telephones but they connect to your computer through USB or sound card. They work together with a softphone allowing you to use VoIP more comfortably.
Global IP Sound Sets Sights on VoIP Hardware
Global IP Sound (GIPS) announced Q3 licensing deals with three leading chip manufacturers and a major handset manufacturer. The three semiconductor companies, which include Wave plus Technology Corp. and Marvell Semiconductor, have set their sights on the rapidly growing IP phone, mobile handset, ATA, and gateway segments of the VoIP market We are currently on the cusp of unprecedented growth in the VoIP hardware market. If semiconductor companies and ODMs are to succeed in capturing the early market share, they must deliver products that not only provide the highest and most consistent call quality available, but also exceed the expectations of end users. GIPS is positioned to be the vendor of choice for these companies for whom quality will be the hallmark of their offerings,? said Gary P. Hermansen, President and CEO of Global IP Sound.
VoIP Hardware Review
There is a really cool bypass jack that you plug your speakers into. When the phone is "on hook" the bypass sends sound to the speakers, when you pick up the phone (when Skype rings for example), the bypass kicks in and the sound routes through to the handset. Very nice. I've given this a couple quick tests and the quality is excellent. The person I was calling said that my voice was much clearer. Andrew told me that this is because there is a really good noise-cancelling mic in the handset. Since my usual work machine is a laptop I don't usually have speakers hooked up to it, but I've purloined the speakers from my desktop so I can give this handset some good, solid testing this week. First impressions are good.
Software Eases Development Of VoIP Hardware
NComm Inc. has launched trunk management software that will enable voice over IP (VoIP) equipment manufacturers to develop products with standards-compliant T1/E1, T3/E3, SONET/SDH and SONET APS physical-layer interfaces. TMS-VoIP software package includes both source code and a turnkey application featuring performance monitoring, line testing, packet transmission and signaling functions for carrier-ready VoIP WAN communications. The software helps to solve much of the complexity involved in providing physical layer access for VoIP traffic across multiple carriers and technologies. According to NComm vice president of marketing John Brandte, TMS-VoIP will allow vendors whose strength is voice communications rather than networking to speed VoIP products to market.
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