Category: 

What is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)?

A webcam for use with VoIP.
Article Details
  • Written By: S Garden
  • Edited By: L. S. Wynn
  • Last Modified Date: 04 July 2014
  • Copyright Protected:
    2003-2014
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article
External Resources
Free Widgets for your Site/Blog
In the US, workers under 25 have unemployment rates that are twice the national average.  more...

July 28 ,  1945 :  14 people were killed when a US Army bomber crashed into the Empire State building.  more...

VoIP is a popular buzzword these days. It stands for voice over IP (internet protocol), and it might just be the way you'll be talking over the phone in the near future. Why are so many people are excited by this technology? You avoid most of the costs that come with a traditional phone line, at least at this point of the game.

That's a savings of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for some people. Most of the primary entities who are interested in this technology are large corporations, but it can be significant even for the homemaker.

Anyone who has used voice chat software is familiar with the latency issues that proliferate with any sort of data transfer involving the Internet; VoIP addresses the latency issue using RTP, or real time protocol. This protocol ensures that packets arrive in a timely manner.

Voice over IP features some additional advantages including:

  • you can talk to many people at once
  • ability to send other types of data other than voice (such as files)
  • innovations in data transfer and Internet speeds come about, it can only get better.

There are a variety of devices that can take VoIP calls. Some aren't even hardware at all, but software programs you can install on your computer (such as Skype).

Ad

Traditional telephone networks are seeing the advantages in offering VoIP services as well, with such national companies as Verizon and AT&T jumping on the VoIP bandwagon. Vonage was one of the first widely known companies to offer VoIP services, and is priced competitively with newcomers to the market.

The VoIP market is predicted to expand rapidly, with predicted numbers rising into the millions in just a few years. The installation procedure for the gadgets required to take these calls is often simple, and can be done with little hassle. If you use a router or other device that can potentially mask or block your IP address, you may have to do a bit more finagling to get it to work.

Ad

More from Wisegeek

You might also Like

Discuss this Article

NaiLoFaR1807
Post 3

How do I implement VoIP version6 in an IPv4 environment?

iecep
Post 1

What is news NNTP server? This the requirement when I tried to open a newsgroup account in order to post some question in the forum at cadsoftusa.com

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email