Have you just installed a brand new VoIP system for your business? You might be excited at the prospect of better communications and simply more options in terms of it, but it might be a bit too early to rejoice: there are a number of mistakes many new adopters of the technology are guilty of making. Are you one of them? Keep on reading!
- Avoid running voice and data on separate networks – one mistake that can actually cost you quite a lot in the long run (or even short run!) is failing to merge your voice and data networks, and instead keeping your phone systems Maroochydore on a separate network. Not only can this significantly lower the quality of your VoIP systems as the connections can falter, but it can also be simply a pain to keep both systems up and running at all times. Furthermore, if you consider today’s world, it is only natural to expect that communications would constantly merge voice, video and data together – and two separate networks cannot fulfil that need. Stick to a single network, and your business will greatly benefit from it.
- Not understanding the difference between self-hosted and hosted – if you talked to a supplier about installing a new VoIP system for your business, the topic of self-hosted vs hosted might have definitely come up. As you would expect, the former generally expects you to handle the technicalities by yourself, whereas the latter will have the vendor take care of the technical issues even after that Ericsson IP phone system installation. Simply put, self-hosted plans would need an IT department or competent employees capable of maintaining the system, whereas a hosted system will take care of everything. Naturally, in-house plans are cheaper, but you should carefully consider whether your business can truly maintain the VoIP system satisfactorily or not.
- Not assessing your bandwidth requirements properly – the bandwidth is basically the connection of your speed, the higher the value, the pricier your options become. Likewise, the lower the value, the worse will the quality of your communications become. Generally, there is a set bandwidth beyond which you should not go any lower, or you will be compromising the value of VoIP systems as a communication option for your business (i.e. it would be best to stick to analogue methods in this case). Of course, this also does not mean that you should pick an excessive value – you will be simply wasting money. Consider how heavy the traffic is within your business: if there is more demand, the network will be under more strain unless you provide a sufficient bandwidth. On the other hand, if the network is hardly used, you can stick to the minimum bandwidth required.