While we pretty much all agree that combining voice and data on one secure network saves time, money and is easily scalable, VoIP does have a few downsides that need to be planned for.
- VoIP will not function if there are internet or service outages. Choosing a system with built-in redundancy and call continuity, or having a back-up ISP or other connection, is important.
- Back-up power supplies should be on hand to deal with power outages.
- But, what if you are in a rural area using a network that has limited bandwidth?
Here packets can go missing causing breaks in conversation. This can be a huge problem if you are trying to communicate with customers, other businesses, or work colleagues.
Find out how the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway solved this problem using Perle Ethernet Extenders to transmit data up to 20km across existing copper wiring.