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tplink Posted:
Im trying to add
my HT802 vonage
adapter to my home
network. I
currently have
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Vonage behind switch
On Dec 05, 2016 at 06:35:11

DWSupport Posted:
After recent
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took place on the
4th and 5th of
Nov. E-mails with
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On Nov 10, 2016 at 12:23:26

peterlee Posted:
Had a call from a
Hospital in Ajax,
Ontario to my home
in
Scarborough, Onta
rio
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Hospital Incoming call unable to connect
On Nov 08, 2016 at 11:59:50

TELLDOUG Posted:
I am looking for a
product that will
make my phone ring
louder so I can
hear using
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On Oct 26, 2016 at 09:21:30

HildBeft Posted:
You can recollect
password by
connecting the
router to your pc
and open the
browser
...

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Topic:
How to arrive at wifi password?
On Oct 20, 2016 at 05:05:49

HildBeft Posted:
Great tips..
Thanks for sharing
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How to have Vonage and another land line?
On Oct 20, 2016 at 04:55:03

massrman Posted:
The devices are
available at
different price
margins , please
share your
estimated
...

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Topic:
IP PBX for small business
On Sep 30, 2016 at 00:48:03

massrman Posted:
Hi these are most
commonly used SIP
PBX interops and
their
configuration
guides,
...

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Topic:
IP PBX for small business
On Sep 30, 2016 at 00:37:45

Sammy00 Posted:
Has anyone setup a
W52p phone for
vonage? I have
a W52p with two
wireless handsets,
...

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Topic:
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On Aug 30, 2016 at 10:38:01

James44 Posted:
Hi, I am
looking for a good
Sip Trunking
provider in
Canada. they
should offer
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September 8, 2004

By John C. Dvorak

BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS.MW) -- The basic technology is called voice-over-IP and it is referred to as VOIP.

Essentially it's a technology that routes phone calls using the Internet protocol, an IP address like the one your computer uses when it looks at websites.

Years ago it was discovered that analog conversations could be digitized and routed over computer networks completely negating the need for expensive phone switching gear. Most of those calling cards you can buy at Costco and the airport use this technology. That's why the cost per-minute is so cheap.

While many of these Voip systems use proprietary networks that have sprung up around the world, the cheapest way to use this technology is on the Internet itself.

The upstart company Vonage uses the Internet to route calls, for example. The user pays a flat monthly fee, gets a real phone number and with the use of a special box called an "analog telephone adapter" connects to the Internet. A user can simply plug his or her phone into the device and get a dial tone over the Internet and use the phone as if it were a regular phone. Cisco, Netgear and other networking companies now make such devices as well.

The implications of this technology are grave for phone companies such as Verizon (VZ: news, chart, profile), Bell South (BLS: news, chart, profile) and SBC (SBC: news, chart, profile) if they insist on selling phone calls rather than just giving a customer a raw broadband connection.

The result of this movement towards Voip has been attempts to regulate Voip use to slow down its growth and protect the U.S. phone companies.

This appears to be a stark contrast to this week's announcement in the UK.

Ofcom, the UK equivalent of the FCC, not only decided to promote VOIP, they added a specific new area code for the country for Voip use. This is the new 056 code you'll start to see.

It's broadband connectivity that make the Voip system work and the U.S. is far ahead of the UK in penetration of connections in excess of 1 megabit-per-second. And it's that sort of connection that is necessary for Voip to be practical. So while the English have moved ahead with better public policies, they have lagged with implementing broadband connections.

Ofcom estimates there are 4 million users with broadband access compare to an estimated 30 million in the U.S.. Once people discover they can use this connection for free or cheap phone calls, they want to do it.

In the U.S., where Voip is thus more practical, we begin to see regulatory roadblocks to its use. One example is the sudden requirement for implementing 911 emergency phone calls.

There seems to be a hand-wringing fuss made over this "necessity."

I like to point out that nobody, until recently, moaned about 911 being impractical with cell phones. What changed? Well, the cellular companies are mostly controlled by phone companies and Voip is not. Nothing really changed.

Here's the problem with 911 and VOIP. Voip connections are not bound by geography. They are virtual. With a Cisco 186 telephone adapter and a subscription to a Voip system that assigns, for example, a San Francisco phone number, you can carry the device to Paris and dial-up and receive (on an Internet connection) local San Francisco calls. Thus 911 is an impracticality. Emergency 911 calls have to be re-thought. After all, the police do have local numbers that can be dialed directly.

But expect to see these and other roadblocks thrown in the way of this technology. Watch what evolves. You'll begin to see a growing underground phone network that will end up completely unregulated and renegade. And all calls will be free. Nothing can stop it.



 
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