In order to establish if your internet connection can support VoIP, you will need to consider two things.
- The type of internet connection you have.
- The bandwidth you are using to run your VoIP network.
There are two types of bandwidth at your location, upload and download bandwidth. The upload is the amount of data you can send to the Internet and download speed is the rate at which data is transferred from the Internet to your computer. Generally speaking, the higher your upload speed (which is really what is meant by your Internet connection speed), the more achievable and effective the calls will be.
Typically, only a broadband Internet connection can provide the minimum bandwidth for VoIP calls. For the best call clarity, the minimum speed for VoIP phone calls is between 90 kbps (kilo bits per second) to 156 kbps at the other end of the VoIP speed spectrum. The bandwidth that your VoIP phone service requires depends on the number of concurrent calls you want to make.
The best way to determine your bandwidth, is to run a throughput test using a site like www.speedtest.net. This will give you a basic idea of your current functional bandwidth, but it is important to note that this can vary as it all depends on exactly which applications you have running at any given time. This test also provides variable results depending on the location used for testing.
It is worth noting that your upload speed is often slower than your download speed, so make sure that the lower number of the upload speed matches what you need.
Our advice is to always run your VoIP phones were possible on a high-quality Internet connection with at least 100 Kbps upload bandwidth available for each call in progress at the same time.
If you are running up to 3 or 4 phones and do choose to run your system on a basic broadband service which is also running your email and Internet browsing etc., we strongly recommend that you trial your VoIP phone before going live and be prepared to install a separate telephone line and broadband service if needed.
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