Understanding SIP Trunking
If you’re trying to make a decision about whether or not to switch to SIP trunking for your business, you’ll find it’s probably time to get a little more in-depth. We’ll discuss the various pros and cons of SIP trunking, why this type of service is better than others, and what steps you can take to start using SIP as your main means of telecommunication.
When you use SIP for your business communications needs, you’ve got two primary options. You can either go with the older (pre-Internet) method of IP telephony or you can get SIP trunking technology, which was designed to help with the transition from analog telephony to VoIP-based digital calls. This article will give you an overview of how SIP trunking works and why you should consider switching over to the new technology if you’re interested in reducing costs and improving communication between your office and your clients and customers.
SIP trunking is one of the most important advancements to have taken place in network telephony since the introduction of the telephone. The way that SIP works is that instead of connecting a user directly to the networked telephone system, it connects the user to a private virtual phone number rather than the actual networked telephone system.
The advantage of using this kind of technology is that users can establish a private number on their own computer and use it for telecommunication purposes. This is accomplished by setting up a virtual number that users dial into when they want to make a call. You can then receive the incoming call by dialing into that virtual number and listening in on the conversation.
The primary disadvantage of SIP telephony is that it doesn’t allow users to make local and long distance calls at the same time. Users are forced to choose between the two kinds of calls and the cost per call can be quite high. Also, SIP services have very limited bandwidth – the amount of data that a single call can be transferred during a teleconference can only be measured in kilobytes. A caller needs to be careful to not exceed the bandwidth allocated to them by either not initiating or terminating a call when they exceed their allotted bandwidth.
There are several reasons why you might be interested in switching over to SIP for your business telecommunication needs. The first is to save money on phone costs. By not having to purchase individual phone lines and the associated installation fees, you can generally negotiate a significant discount.
Secondly, you may be interested in switching over to SIP for other business reasons. If your business isn’t growing rapidly, but you can see yourself expanding as it does, SIP might be just the ticket to get you started. As your company grows, switching to more robust networks like VoIP can save you money on long distance calls, because you won’t have to pay for long distance calls in advance.
Finally, if you own a home office or you work out of a small office, you might want to consider switching over to SIP if your network is not yet capable of supporting a high-quality phone connection. SIP will allow you to maintain control of your voice and data transmission, which are particularly important in these types of environments because the more control you have, the better your ability to negotiate quality and reliability.
With all of the different reasons to switch over to SIP, the question remains whether or not it’s actually possible to successfully implement SIP and how difficult it will be to do so. In order to answer this question, it will be necessary to discuss the basics of the technology and the steps involved in implementing SIP.
When you use SIP to create a virtual telephone number, you’re essentially assigning the number to the individual user. This can only be done by using a virtual number provider. When you use SIP to connect to a company’s virtual private network, you’re actually connecting the virtual number with the network’s IP address rather than the private number.
SIP is also sometimes called IP Telephony. When you use SIP to access the company’s private network, you’re actually connecting the virtual number with the private network. Therefore, it’s possible to communicate with the company’s private network, even though the user is not using a SIP phone or SIP trunking equipment.