What is VoIP?
VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet
Protcol. This new technology allows phone calls to
made over the Internet by converting analog audio signals
to digital data. The advantage of VoIP is the ability
to place local and long-distance phone calls without
paying extra phone charges.
Can I use VoIP with a regular
Yes. To use VoIP with your regular analog
phone, you will need to install a ATA (Analog Telephone
Adapter) to plug your phone into your Internet router.
The adapter converts the analog signal to digital data,
so that the phone can operate over the Internet. Another
option is to purchase an IP phone that has a built-in
ethernet port that is ready to connect to the Internet.
Do I have to pay extra for VoIP?
No. You can make
calls through your computer by using VoIP software.
Some VoIP services limit calls to VoIP subscribers
only, so check the service provider's terms.
How do I get
VoIP to work on my PC?
For VoIP, your computer needs
a broadband (cable/DSL) connection, VoIP software,
a microphone, speakers and a sound card. Some free
VoIP software is available for download or is provided
by a paid VoIP service.
Do I need to leave my computer
on all the time to receive calls?
No. If you are using
a phone with an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) adapter,
you can still make and receive calls as long as your
Internet router is on.
Does VoIP offer services such
as call waiting and voice mail?
Some paid VoIP service
providers include free extra features like caller identification,
call transfer and three-way calling as a part of their
subscription. Each provider may vary, so check the
service contract for details.
Is VoIP secure?
VoIP operates over the Internet, it is subject to some
of the same security risks as transmitting any data
over a network. To help protect your computer, keep
your security software updated.