EDUbrief: Selecting VoIP Phones

There are many IP-based phones on the market but they’re not all the same. What communication system you are connecting to will drive your decision. Selecting the right phone for your environment must also deal with compatibility and interoperability. It’s easy to make a mistake. Watch this 5 minute EDUbrief video “Selecting VoIP Phones” presented by Gary Audin that will take you through the selection process about acquiring IP and SIP phones.

An IP phone uses voice over IP technologies for placing calls connected to an IP network. This could be the Internet or a local area network. This is an alternative to connecting to the public switched telephone network, the PSTN. The primary difference among the voice over IP phones is the signaling protocol that is used. The session initiation protocol known as SIP is a standard that many providers and vendors support. But there also IP phones on the market that support the standard H. 323, Cisco’s skinny protocol, and other proprietary protocols.

In this EDUbrief you will learn:
• IP vs. SIP phones
• Interoperability and compatibility
• Power over Ethernet (PoE)
• IP phone connection configurations
• Selection criteria

This EDUbrief video was sponsored by Telecom Reseller. If you would like to sponsor an EDUbrief, contact