How Do You Configure IP Phones Locally and Remotely with VoIP?

By carefully planning and considering your options, you can configure IP phones locally and remotely with VoIP. VoIP implementations do take some time and consideration, so it's worthwhile to prepare in advance and think about how you'll get it done. In this article, you can read more about how you can configure your IP phones locally and remotely VoIP so you can benefit the most from your new business phone system. 

How Do You Configure IP Phones Locally and Remotely with VoIP? 

How you configure your IP phones depends in a large part on the phone make and model and the server you'll be using to route phone traffic. Generally, though, you'll need to do some preparation before you can fully configure your new IP phones locally and remotely VoIP. IP phones must be configured on a network in order to operate, so this is not something you can safely skip. 

Once you have your IP phones and you're ready for implementation, you'll need to do a little planning to ensure that your phones can be installed and configured properly. If you have questions about a specific model, be sure to ask your VoIP vendor and/or the phone manufacturer for more specific guidance on what you'll need to do to make your implementation a success. 

What are IP Phones? 

IP phones are also known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones. IP phones can place calls via the Internet using online protocols, or computer languages, such as SIP (Session Initiation Protocol). Server computers transfer VoIP traffic between IP phones and other phones, such as landline phones. SIP can connect IP phones directly to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) in order to relay phone calls to non-VoIP subscribers. This requires the use of gateways that can adapt SIP transmissions to the 'language' of landline phones and other legacy technologies. From there, you can build a network with advanced phone service. 

How Do You Configure VoIP Service? 

Configuring VoIP service and setting up your phones requires some knowledge of your own unique network setup, equipment, and software. Since no two phone service networks are exactly alike, it's unlikely there's a one-size-fits-all implementation, either. 

But, if you want to prepare for configuring your VoIP service, ensure the following is done: 

  • Your network: First, make sure you have a working VoIP network. Check the connections and be sure that traffic can flow across it. 
  • Phones: Get the IP phones you plan to use and prepare to connect them. 
  • Configuring the portal: Set up the portal you'll use to change admin settings and conduct maintenance on the network. 
  • Configuring the servers: Make sure your servers are connected and working properly. 
  • Security: Check your network's security and make sure phones and other equipment aren't using default passwords. 
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network), tunnels, network deployments, etc: Make sure any special deployments and setup instructions are followed. If you're using VPNs, tunnels, or other special configurations, start them up and test them to make sure everything works together. 

Before you go online, conduct a thorough test of your network and equipment. Don't use the network for critical tasks until you've ensured that everything is functioning the way it's supposed to. 

How Do You Implement New VoIP Service Phones? 

With the right plan and help from your VoIP vendor, you can implement new VoIP service phones. Take care to plan out how you'll start installing phones on the network and think about what you'll need from your new VoIP service phone system. 

Getting Started with IP Phones and VoIP Service

As you get started with your IP phones and VoIP service, you can implement your new phones in a way that enables maximum functionality and minimum downtime. IP phones should be thoroughly tested to ensure that they were configured and connected properly---make sure they work well both locally and remotely with your VoIP service before taking them fully online. 

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