Adair Winter wrote:
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com...
>> Don Harvey <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> I am in the process of moving my business back home and closing this
>>> office. The phone system, while good, was purchased 12 years ago and I
>>> don't need 12 line capability (I only use 4).
>>> I don't want to go to the expense of reinstalling this old system and
>>> the capability and flexibility now available with VoIP, but also a little
>>> nervous since the business is entirely phone work.
>> You might check with a CLEC, or competitive phone company in your area.
>> They sometimes bundle a T1 with several voice channels and internet, which
>> is a much more stable operation than VoIP on cable.
> I can't imagine anyone selling an actual T1 circuit for anywhere close to
> the cost of what your typical broadband connection would cost.
Sure, but this is a business use. Broadband from an entertainment
company and/or Vonage are a combination that could have him down for days.
> Do some speed tests and monitor your latency by pinging some sites around
> the internet, do they vary with time of day or day of week?
> After doing a bit of reading it appears that a vonage calls takes up about
> 55.2kpbs per call so that times four = 220.8kpbs. Can and does your internet
> connection maintaine that upload speed? (mine is 435kpbs)
> Don't forget about having a little extra doing other things online while
> these calls might be taking place. The key to voip is low latency with
> enough bandwidth to allow for all packets to be sent out in a timely
> Once that voice packet is generated and transmitted it is gone forever.
> I have nothing against Vonage but don't forget to look into other providers
> just as a comparison.
> Find out what Codec they use and how much bandwidth each call takes and
> compair that to your upload speeds.