The Basics of Business Phone System
The advent of computers and the emergence of internet have dramatically altered the way business houses communicate. In earlier times, conventional phone lines restricted voice clarity and provided no special features. Today, the internet lines offer efficient, cost effective ways to communicate and also provide a host of features undreamt of earlier.
First of all, dialing between extensions is devoid of problems regardless how distantly the caller or receiver is located. For business owners who have offices spread across the country, they can benefit from all locations working together to function as one, large office under a reliable, high fidelity business phone system.
Suffice it to say that internet lines have reinvented telephony to make business communications a lot more efficient and versatile. But the fact remains that in today's business world, identifying the right business phone system can be intimidating as the options available are many. To compare business phone systems, you must take into consideration several factors - ease of operation, available features and reliability of the service providers.
But the heartening fact is most service providers may allow a free 30-day trial period for you to determine whether the business phone system fully meets your requirements. Actually using a business phone system before signing a contract is an excellent way for a business enterprise to ensure that it would be acceptable and beneficial to all its employees. Using the system before buying also guarantees that all the features a provider advertises actually do come with the package.
Communicating via the internet by using an analog telephone adaptor (ATA) lets a normal phone connect to a personal computer or laptop or any other gadget that connects to the internet. This technology converts analog signals to digital ones by utilizing the analog signal from a conventional receiver and changing it into digital data to be carried over the internet. Most ATAs need only basic setup that can be handled by the user - no installation expert or professional help required.
As an internet phone resembles a conventional phone with a handset, cradle, and buttons, it looks like it should work the same way. But, instead of using the standard RJ-11 phone connectors, internet phones utilize an RJ-45 Ethernet connector. They host all the hardware and software for users to make and receive calls while they connect directly to a router.
It is to be noted that a third type of internet line functions with a computer, software, speakers, a sound card, and an internet connection. This 'computer to computer line' dials from one computer and receives the call on another, regardless where the two computers are located.
The present day business phones are far more advanced. They can connect to the Internet or to your company's network and automatically route callers to the concerned department or person. In fact, your employees can take their office phones with them wherever they go and always stay in touch.
Advanced business phone systems can help your company function far more effectively and compete with larger organizations. Today's Internet Protocol (IP)-based phone systems let you combine voice, Web conferencing, unified communications and video into valuable collaboration tools.
There are several models of business phone systems available in the market. For instance, you can think of your business phone as a computer monitor and the KSU (control box) as your computer. Your computer will have only one monitor but the business phone system can have many business phones.
Each phone can carry different information but it is all controlled at the KSU. When a call comes into the KSU, the KSU acts like a multi-line phone. The programming done in the KSU will determine which business phone will react when a call comes in. In other words, your business phone is basically nothing but a speaker, a handset, and a bunch of buttons and lights.
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