Easy to Install VoIP

By Sheila Shanker
Updated: July 11, 2011

Once you discover the savings and quality of a VoIP system, there is no going back. Actually, why to pay for long distance calls, when you can get low-cost or free service using your Internet? VoIP systems don’t require your phone company intervention and can be installed by many individuals without much fuss.

Your own computer

The easiest and fastest way to get VoIP is to use your own computer and download software to allow you to communicate online. If you don’t have a microphone as part of your system, you need to get one to be able to hear and talk using the computer. Next, you can download a paid or free communication provider software, such as the one offered by gmail at http://www.google.com/chat/voice/. And voila! You’re able to use phone services through VoIP.

IP PBX

If your situation involves an office, the installation can be a bit involved, but the idea is still the same—to use existing Internet connection to provide communication services. If you already have broadband Internet setup in your network, you will need to download the IP PBX software to your server and to make sure each phone is connected to the system. Let’s use a simple system named miniSipServer, which is a professional PBX system for Windows.

Step 1-You can install the miniSipServer by downloading a SETUP file from the Internet at http://www.myvoipapp.com/download. At this point, select how many extensions you need, and be sure you're on a PC running windows. Once the file is downloaded, run it and you’re done with the server installation. You should see a list of processes, such as “SIP transaction factory running!” This system automatically creates for you three default extensions with passwords 100,101 and 102 in the screen named “Local Users Information.”

Step 2- The next step is to connect the phones to the extensions and that can be done by using softphones, such as Xlite4. Configure them online to recognize the miniSipServer. As phones are connected, they turn to blue in the “Local Users Information” screen, which can also be used to add new extensions and manage them.

Step 3- The last step is to connect the server to the VoIP provider, so that the firm can make and receive phone calls. The provider gives you the account number and all information you need to connect—you input the numbers on “External Line.”

Now it’s time to test the system—be sure one person from one extension can call another in another extension and that people can receive and make phone calls. That’s your basic setup process.

Do you think you’re done? Most likely not. You also need to install and configure voice mail and any other features you’re interested in. As you can see, the process can be a bit convoluted, but it follows a logical order and is not out-of-this world. Be sure to disconnect your regular phone line only after the tests are successful.


 

Featured Research
  • 8 Ways to Get More From Your VoIP System

    Many businesses adopt VoIP to take advantage of the cost savings without spending enough time reviewing the features and benefits made available by different solutions. If this is true for your business, there’s a good chance you could be getting more from your VoIP system in the form of even lower costs or improved employee productivity. You may even find that your current software offers features that you aren’t taking advantage of! more

  • 7 Ways the Wrong Phone System Can Haunt Your Business

    The wrong phone system could be haunting your business - and we’re talking about problems more serious than ghosts and ghouls. From increased costs to issues with scaling, we’ve identified seven important ways that a less than ideal phone system could be holding you back. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make to your bottom line too. more

  • Ditch Your Fax Servers

    An in-house fax server gives an IT department centralized management and monitoring over the entire enterprise's faxing. This can help your company track usage and better maintain records for auditing and record keeping. However, there are serious drawbacks that come with utilizing an in-house fax server solution and these range from security to cost-prohibitive pricing. more

  • The IT Manager's Survival Guide

    As an IT manager, maintaining physical fax servers and infrastructure is not a high priority. However, fax capability remains a business need simply because chances are your industry is dependent on its security. What if there was a way to reduce the amount of time spent handling fax complaints and maintaining physical servers? And this way took into account security, cost savings, and freed up your IT resources. Would you be interested? more

  • VoIP: Your New Secret Weapon for a Strong Year End

    As the end of 2017 nears, you may be feeling pressure to make sure you close the year out strong.If you’ve been sitting on the fence regarding VoIP, this may be the perfect time to switch. VoIP options had never been better or more full-featured than they are now, and it may be just the thing your business needs to see a productivity and profitability boost. more