More and more people are beginning to hear of and even utilize VoIP. This is not a service that is limited to benefiting businesses. VoIP provides an excellent way to communicate with others around the world, while saving money.
If you are planning to set up a VoIP service for home or office, you will need to make sure you have the necessary hardware components as well as VoIP software. Your exact needs will depend on your VoIP provider.
First it is important to make sure your computer has the necessary hardware for VoIP applications. You will need a network card/internet connection and an Internet Service Provider. The computer must have a full duplex sound card. This allows all parties that are talking to be able to talk at the same time. You will need a device to input and to transmit sound.
Your computerís speakers are one option for you to use to hear the voice sounds. To transmit your sound over the network, you can use a microphone that is connected to your computer. Another option is to use a headset. This will provide you with a way to listen to conversations as well as for you to talk to others. Using a headset also cuts down on background noise and will make it easier for you to hear.
There are several ways that you may make phone calls and again this may depend on your VoIP provider and the services you select. You can use your computer as the telephone. You can dial a phone number into your keypad. Then you can use a microphone to talk to others. Another option is to attach IP telephone to a network. And finally, you can use a regular telephone with an adapter that will plug into the computer to make phone calls.