Five Reasons To Be Excited About 5G

5G has finally arrived with a lot of promise in terms of speed and capacity. This has also given rise to another hot topic for discussion – what does the future hold for 5G and why would you and I should be excited about it? We are all aware of the fact that 2G was for voice and then 3G conquered with offerings for data and Voice, 4G came in with the promise of broadband, so 5G has got something new to offer. Even the best of the engineers around the world are unsure about what 5G has to offer but here is list of 5 reasons why we should be excited about 5G:

1. Witness the Olympics 5G mode

Well, after the Sochi Olympics, we are eagerly waiting for the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang (2018) and Tokyo Olympics (2020). Both the nations are doing major works on 5G innovation and we can expect to see some real good things at both these Olympic events. You and I can expect some innovations like downloading massive videos in one second and hologram of the participants. We can even expect to see 3D images of competitors and venues. Instant translation glasses can also be expected that would enable everyone to read Japanese within seconds. Facial recognition glasses might be distributed among crowds, which would enable them to identify their fellow countrymen.

2. The Internet of Things

5G will definitely support Internet of Things because it offers the requisite speed to enable one machine to interact with another seamlessly. According to a survey, by the year 2018 mobile data traffic will increase 11 times from the present levels and to make machine to machine communication a reality. Finally.

3. Interconnected Car Networks

It has all begun with the introduction of Google driverless car and if this has to gain popularity, 5G has to be the driving factor. 5G will come loaded with the extra capacity one would need to push forward the driverless car innovation. 5G is expected to differentiate between different types of uses of the network like traffic navigation, communication, infotainment, device syncing etc. For instance, if your car is trying to change lanes, you do not expect the process to be hampered just because your kid is trying to make a hands free call in the backseat.

4. Mobile Healthcare

We have already stepped into an era where we are accessing real-time health data from our mobile devices. This is fast turning out to be a game-changer in the health industry as more and more companies are jumping into the race to create wearable devices that would provide real time health data to users. Now for these devices to offer the real deal, 5G definitely has to be the key driving force.

5. Smarter Power Source For Mobile Devices

5G will enable mobile devices to be charged from any device that would run on battery. For instance, there is a product called Tethercell that can turn any battery operated device into a Bluetooth-enabled device. Thus, we will able to remotely control the battery operated devices that would draw charge from other devices.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.

DIY VoIP

With the increasing competition in business, it is important to pay heed to costs and take a step forward to save money. This is an important priority for building a successful business.

Communicating with prospects, customers, business partners, and employees in a professional manner brings success to business. A professional business telephone system should allow your customers to contact the correct department or person in your company with ease. For this purpose, telephone system is a key tool without which communication is next to impossible. As a result, a major costs incurred is your business phone system. Replacing the traditional PSTN telephone system with IP business telephones can really boost up your business communication. IP business phones offer various advantages and facilities that too at a lower cost compared to using PSTN lines. IP business telephones are ideal for small business.

Choosing A Service Provider

Usually a small business obtains VoIP service by selecting a provider such as Vonage, Packet8, or Lingo and sign up for a plan. A setup fee is to be paid and, in return, the service provider sends the hardware which is to be plugged in and start the phone system. It might also happen that after selecting a plan, a different provider is found out to offer cheap plans or more features compared to the existing one. Under such circumstances the box bought from current VoIP provider is of no use at all as it is locked. The entire system needs to be replaced and this also results in spending more money.

Now the question arises whether the VoIP box purchased can be installed by an individual or not. The answer is – yes – if the individual is technically savvy. An individual having good technical knowledge over the communication system can take a different way with more flexibility. One just needs to follow some simple steps and come out with a VoIP setup with ease.

Getting An Unlocked VoIP Box

Generic VoIP boxes are available from some vendors such as Linksys which are not locked. The Linksys PAP2T – NA is an Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) based on SIP which can be configured and made to work with any VoIP provider. The ATA boxes supplied are to be plugged into a router and the phones connected to the ports. This way, one can continue using the same device even if the service provider is changed.

Configuring The Unlocked Device

Configuring the device is essential to start using the device. Software such as Configuration Wizard by Voxilla can be used. A SIP user name and password is required from the VoIP service provider and you should also be aware of your IP address. Voxilla has the option of setting up other VoIP devices in addition to Linksys PAP2T–NA. Site registration is required which is free, but you need to agree to basic rules in order to use the wizard. One issue is that Voxilla does not list all VoIP service providers. If the particular VoIP is not listed than it may not support that provider’s configuration easily. Entering a dial plan is to be configured and is the most difficult part of the configuration. Although a generic dial plan is included in Voxilla wizard that works with most VoIP providers, a bit of tweaking is required. Once the wizard is completed in the browser, configuration information can be directly uploaded onto the device.

Extending Usability

Usability can be extended on ATA by plugging a cordless base station which will support multiple handsets. This will enable using of VoIP line anywhere within the range of the base station.  Even if you install a two line system with both PSTN and VoIP in it, VoIP or PSTN can be accessed from any handset with just a touch of button. This is useful if you want to call someone who does not have a VoIP number. While calling such people, PSTN lines can be used.

Another option is to go for AT&T EP5632 which is specifically aimed for SOHO markets. The speciality is that it supports Bluetooth connection.

By following the above tips, setting up of VoIP is easy and can be made to work with the VoIP provider’s network. It is basically a do-it-yourself process for people with sound skills in technology and networking. It is fun to configure your own device and get more control over the system. Try it sometime or give us a call and we will do it for you.

VoIP For Serious Businesses

For business that are serious about their business phones systems, we are there to suggest and a configure a world class VoIP system for you. We offer Toshiba’s IPedge, VIPedge, and Strata CIX systems, as well as their innumerable phones, and IP mobility. Give us a call today.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.

How to Run VoIP on a Wireless LAN

There are many offices where VoIP is deployed over the existing wireless LAN, so that it meets the wireless standards of communication followed in a business. The deployment of VoIP over wireless LAN is quite similar to the wired LAN and in this case the wired networks are replaced with the wireless networks for carrying out the VoIP communication.

The Wireless LAN and VoIP

In a wireless LAN all the network devices and the other equipments are connected without any wires. The WI-Fi technology is the most commonly used technology for building the wireless network. Instead of the commonly used wired hubs (for wired networks), the wireless routers or hubs are used for connecting the network devices and this in turn may be connected to the ATA. The biggest advantage offered by wireless LAN and a VoIP system built on the same is that it offers great level of mobility. For instance, any user who wants to make private calls from any other location in the office building can do so if his/her location is within the network range.

Why a Wireless LAN?

As discussed earlier, the reason behind using the wireless LAN is to gain mobility. Here are a few examples of how mobility can make a real difference and why we need to switch to wireless LAN: In case of medical emergencies, the medical team has to maintain constant internal as well as external communication and that means they have to be on the move. Now, this is possible only when there is a VoIP on the wireless LAN and everyone can communicate with the help of their personal phones by logging in to the same network. The team working on the factory floor has to constantly move from one place to another and they cannot stay in their seats for too long. So in order to maintain smooth and continuous communication, they would need a solution powered by the VoIP on a wireless network. The VoIP on a wireless LAN is their best bet when it comes to maintaining the impeccable communication on the factory’s floor. The Wi-Fi hotspots powered by VoIP are really cool as the callers can be easily logged in with the help of their tablets or laptops and communicate with anyone of their choice. Despite all the great advantages of powering mobility, its popularity still does not seem to match with other technologies. Some of the pertinent reasons are as follows:

Drawbacks with wireless VoIP

The four primary reasons that are proving to be hurdles on the path of wireless VoIP’s popularity are as follows:

  • The VoIP on LAN is mostly preferred for office set ups where there are multiple users on the same networks. Now there are real issues with the scalability for the companies.
  • The QOS or Quality of Service is not up to mark for the wireless networks when compared with the wired networks
  • The cost, time, effort and skills required for setting up and maintaining the network is much  higher for the wireless networks
  • The wireless VoIP networks are more vulnerable to security threats than any other network, thus companies are not quite as confident about implementing the VoIP over wireless LAN.

About One Call Communications

One Call Communications is a leading provider of phone systems in North Carolina. We serve thousands of clients across Greenville, Rocky Mt., Goldsboro, Smithfield, & Wilson. We sell, install, and service business telephone equipment, voicemail and, voice and data network cabling. We install and service premium quality products from Toshiba Telecom. We serve both commercial and industrial clients.

Call us today for your networking and communication requirements.