Modern technology is evolving daily, and devices to make life easy are being made. An example of such a device is VOIP. Before the introduction of this device, communication was through a handset. But today, you can make calls anywhere utilizing a computer connected to the internet, a headset, and a voice-over IP. But the question is, what is VOIP, and how does it work?
What is VOIP?
VOIP refers to technology that turns a voice into a digitized signal, enabling you to call right from a PC, a VOIP phone, or other devices. The device is also referred to as IP telephony, broadband phone service, internet telephony.
Since VOIP allows you to make calls over the internet, it is cost-efficient for domestic and international calls. Most businesses that provide VOIP offer unlimited minutes without extra charges. Besides helping you save money, it also offers features such as call routing, auto-attendant, calls waiting, multiple phone numbers, and more.
How Does It Work?
When you call using VOIP, their VOIP adapter takes an analog audio signal and converts it to a digital signal. Then the digital voice data is sent to the business phone service provider using your internet, where the message is then routed to your customer's phone.
The above process happens instantly, making VOIP sound quality better than the regular phone calls.
What's the difference between VOIP and a traditional Phone System?
VOIP works differently from a traditional landline phone system. Regular landline phones use a circuit switching method to connect calls. When you call through the Public Switched Telephone Network(PSTN), your connection to the person on the other end is through a circuit. The circuit switching technology has been around for more than 100 years. Although it is old, it is still reliable, but not the most efficient and cost-effective.
On the other hand, VOIP uses packet switching methods, which means data is sent only when required. Instantaneous connection is created each time you speak, and connection doesn't have to go both ways every time. While communicating, you and the other person you speak to won't speak at the same time normally.
The data packets are sent efficiently and use many different paths through the internet. Then the packages are put back together when they reach their destination. In addition, the data packets are compressed to save space which lets them travel even more quickly through the internet.