3 Things You Need to Know Now About Enhancing the Voice Quality of VoIP
Based on Bandwidth The most important element that can affect VoIP voice quality is bandwidth. For instance, if the service is being run over a dial up service, then one should not expect voice quality. The bandwidth cannot handle large bundles of information. Therefore, the voice quality will be unsatisfactory. Virtually all home based high speed internet connection provide more than enough bandwidth for excelent quality VoIP calls.
Having the Right Hardware The second element that can affect your VoIP voice quality is the hardware at the end point. Before investing in this equipment and using it, it is recommended that one researches product reviews or discussing it on VoIP chat forums. It can frequently be a case of “get what you pay for,” but that is not always the case. Just remember to research all equipment, because buying the most expensive piece of equipment doesn’t always ensure that it will be without problems, especially if it is not designed for use in the manner you intend it for. One other hardware problem that can be easily avoided is interference caused when the broadband router is too close to the ATA (the phone adapter). By maintaining a small distance between the two, call quality can be improved.
Messing with Mother Nature Weather conditions can also affect voice quality. When there are thunderstorms, heavy rain, or wind gusts static can be generated. In industry terms, this is called “dirty-weed” static. When using the internet for normal surfing activities, the static is not noticeable. However, when using VoIP, this static can be distracting. There is a cure for this, unplug the hardware (router, ATA, phone), wait a minute and plug it in again. This is called a hard reboot. The static will be gone after the hardware is rebooted. While, weather effects are not always something that anyone can change, there are ways that users can provide their own temporary relief. In the meantime, service providers, like Phone.com, are making efforts to reduce the effects of such matters on call quality. This has improved drastically in recent years and will likely continue to do so.