Fire the Phone Company: A Handy Guide to Voice over IP

 

book cover
Fire the Phone Company: A Handy Guide to Voice over IP
By Dave Field
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Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: November 03, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-38486-5
Pages: 200
 

Table of Contents  | Index

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Longing to break free from the phone company's tethers? This is the place to start! Realizing that VoIP is still just an acronym to many (and an intimidating one at that), author Dave Field speaks squarely to you, the consumer, demonstrating that you don't have to be a technologist to start achieving significant savings through Internet phone services. Keeping acronyms to a minimum, introducing important terms in sidebars, and using anecdotal accounts of real-world installations to personalize the subject, this guide provides everything you need to know to evaluate, select, and install VoIP systems. After learning just what VoIP is and how it came into being, you'll quickly get down to the nitty-gritty with chapters on choosing a phone service, planning for VoIP, installing the equipment, setting up service, common VoIP problems (and their solutions!), security, getting the best value from VoIP, traveling with VoIP, and the future of VoIP. Scattered throughout, you'll find plenty of tips and sage advice to ease the way.

 

book cover
Fire the Phone Company: A Handy Guide to Voice over IP
By Dave Field
...............................................
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: November 03, 2005
ISBN: 0-321-38486-5
Pages: 200
 

Table of Contents  | Index


   Copyright
   Acknowledgments
   About the Author
   Introduction
      Chapter 1: What Is "Voyp"?
      Chapter 2: Choosing Your Internet Phone Service
      Chapter 3: Planning for VoIP
      Chapter 4: Installing Your VoIP Equipment
      Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Service
      Chapter 6: Common VoIP Problems and Their Solutions
      Chapter 7: VoIP Security
      Chapter 8: Getting the Best Value from VoIP
      Chapter 9: Traveling with VoIP
      Chapter 10: VoIP into the Future
    Chapter One.  What Is "Voyp"?
      The Birth of Internet Phones
      Internet Phone Basics
      The Big Picture
    Chapter Two.  Choosing Your Internet Phone Service
      A Tour of VoIP Providers
      Evaluating the Available Offerings
      Purchasing Your Service
    Chapter Three.  Planning for VoIP
      Assessing Your Infrastructure
      Ready to Go?
    Chapter Four.  Installing Your VoIP Equipment
      Getting Your Network Ready
      Installing a Telephone Adapter
      Installing a Combination TA/Gateway
      Installing Internet Phone with Cable Systems
      Installing Softphone Accessories
      Distributing the Telephone Signal
      Summary
    Chapter Five.  Setting Up Your Service
      Choosing a Purchase Option
      Activating Your Service
      Postactivation Setup
      Installing Softphone-Only Services
      Testing Your Internet Phone
      Bringing It All Together
    Chapter Six.  Common VoIP Problems and Their Solutions
      Connection Issues
      Configuration Issues
      Hardware Problems
      Outages
      Additional Troubleshooting Resources
    Chapter Seven.  VoIP Security
      Security Q&A
      Secure Your Internet Phone
      Learn More about VoIP Security
    Chapter Eight.  Getting the Best Value from VoIP
      The VoIP Value Equation
      The Value of Convergence
      Finding Business Value with VoIP
      The Bottom Line
    Chapter Nine.  Traveling with VoIP
      Packing Your Bags
      Finding Broadband
      Connecting to the Mother Ship
      Travel Safely
    Chapter Ten.  VoIP into the Future
      Internet (Video)Phone
      (More) Convergence
      Wireless VoIP
      Cellular and Wireless VoIP Combo Phones
   Index