5 Internet Options for Quality VoIP Communication

Posted by on December 19, 2012 in VoIP [ 0 Comments ]

voip serviceGive yourself a pat on the back! You’ve finally decided to switch to a VoIP service. But there’s one more decision you still need to make: you need to choose an Internet service for your home or office.

Really, your VoIP service can only be as good as your Internet connection, so it pays to know how your Internet service will stack up.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

Internet access is one popular option for VoIP. DSL works with analog telephone lines, so if you already have an analog telephone line in your home or office, then you should be ready to go with DSL.

DSL can provide fast Internet speed with high bandwidth if you are located within close proximity of the central service provider, but service can be limited if you are in a remote location.

Another drawback of DSL is that it does require a physical analog phone line, so if you don’t have one, it could be expensive to get one. It could cost you around $200 to either install or replace a line if you wanted to use DSL.

Cable Internet

Cable internet access is another service that is compatible with VoIP. Cable Internet is popular for people who want to bundle Internet with other services like TV service.

Cable Internet access is an attractive option because unlike DSL service, you can get high quality Internet service in locations that are farther away from your service provider’s central location. It also offers high bandwidth at fast speeds.

If there are only a few users on your cable modem at one time, then this Internet service may be faster and more efficient than DSL service. If there are too many users sharing the same cable modem however, you could end up with slower service.

Satellite Access

Satellite is a prime VoIP Internet choice for those that are located in remote areas, outside the range of other service providers.

It can be fairly expensive to get a satellite dish installed at your home. However, because your service comes straight from your personal dish, the number of users on the Internet usually does not have an affect on your Internet’s speed. You also won’t have to worry about downed wires, like you would with DSL.

With that being said, satellite users do need to keep in mind that any damage to their satellite dish could negatively affect their Internet service.

Private Wireless Internet

This is another option that works well with VoIP. Wireless Internet service is high quality and doesn’t require any unwieldy wires or cables. You can set up wireless Internet in your home or office with private or public access so multiple people can use your Internet service either with or without a password.

Check out our list of the best new VOIP apps if you’re interested in chatting on the go with your VOIP service.

Public WiFi

You’ll be able to use this in many of public places like airports, restaurants and hotels. In this case, you may need to acquire a password or pay a fee to use public wireless Internet.

Wireless Internet provides fast and reliable service while giving you the option of mobility. With wireless access, you can use VoIP on your smartphone at the airport or from your laptop in the kitchen.

One warning: watch out for dial-up Internet. Dial-up is slow and at VoIP Review we highly recommend that customers avoid dial-up service.

You should also check your Internet’s speed and quality to determine if it will work well with VoIP. Check out VoIpReview.org’s VoIP speed tests to calculate your Internet service’s upload and download speed, and consistency.

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Bio: Chloe Mulliner is an SEO content writer for VoIP Review. After graduating from James Madison University, she traveled in South America, and then moved across country from Virginia to California, where she has made San Diego her new home.

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