What are the types of wired headsets?

Today more than ever, technology plays an important part in our working and playing environment. Having the right gadgetry for your specific task is important.

Take headsets for example. There are many different styles and species to choose from, depending on what you need to use your headset for, and what suits the way you want to listen. Finding the right headset can be somewhat confusing. Should you go with wired headsets or wireless headsets? And which is best…over-ear, in-ear, behind-the-head or on-ear?

To help you make your choice, today we examine the different types of wired headsets and their advantages.

Wired for Sound


The main downside to using a wired headset is obviously that it limits movement around the workplace or home. For that reason, wired headsets are best suited to gaming, or those who are stationed at a desk for much of the work day. The audio jack fits computers, tablets, phones, VoIP softphones, and most electronic equipment – and they produce superb sound. Call centres, business reception desks and radio stations are all areas where corded headsets work well.

The main upside of wired headsets is their superior sound quality. If you work in a noisy office with an open centralised staff layout, you need to stay focussed when communicating. Many wired headsets have noise cancellation features, meaning the best sound quality, no background noise, and uninterrupted listening when you need to concentrate.

Free of Charge


Wired headsets work as soon as they are plugged into your device. They don’t need batteries like their wireless counterparts. Most wired headsets also feature in-line controls which mean you do not have to touch your device to adjust volume.

Monaural or Binaural?

This refers to the number of earpieces in the headset’s design. Monaural headsets have one earpiece and a microphone, while binaural headsets have two, and are usually an over-the-ear design.

Drivers

It’s the drivers that produce the headset’s sound quality. There are two main types of drivers: braced armatures and dynamic drivers. Braced armatures tend to be more effective, but are more limited in sound range. Dynamic drivers act like a larger speaker and are mostly found in full-sized or on-ear wired headsets.

Optimised headsets

The correct headsets, whether wireless or wired, are crucial to user acceptance. When choosing your headset, it’s important that it enables easy integration with your devices and/or services. For example, headsets that are ‘optimised for Microsoft Lync’ are designed to work seamlessly with Microsoft Lync applications.

If you’re going wireless, then your headset needs to pair up with its own base. However, for convenience, some Bluetooth and DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) headsets have a multipoint capacity and the ability to pair with two services at the same time, so you can switch between the two without changing headsets.

At MyITHub, we have a comprehensive range of headsets, both wired and wireless. We stock the best quality brands, including Jabra, Plantronics and Sennheiser, and we’re always ready to advise you on the right products for your communication needs.

What are wireless headsets ?

Most people can remember a time in their lives where they tripped over a headset cord at work or became tangled in the cord while trying to cook dinner and talk on the phone simultaneously. Thankfully, wireless technology has cut the inconvenience of cords with its inception of wireless-headsets. So, what exactly is a wireless-headset?

A wireless-headset is exactly as its name describes a headset without a wire (or cord). Wireless-headsets possess a capability that many cord headsets did not in being able to connect to multiple devices simultaneously such as a smartphone, stereo system, computer or even a CRM system. The headsets are popular in office environments such as call centres and are also used in industries such as construction, where hands are often consistently occupied and it is difficult to balance a headset or phone.

Contemporary wireless-headsets that are at the forefront of technology innovation such as the Plantronics CS540 Convertible Dect Wireless Headset or the Plantronics B235 Voyager Legend transmit audio signals through infrared or radio signals. Wireless-headsets ‘pair’ or connect with the desired device and many personal devices connect via Bluetooth technology.

Wireless-headsets that are being used for professional reasons primarily connect through infrared signals. This is because the signals are stronger and more reliable than Bluetooth technology. Companies are opting to use the latest in wireless-headset technology due to the astounding amount of benefits listed below.

An increase in productivity

Wireless-headsets free up the users hands to use a computer, take notes, or in some cases (if using a device such as the Plantronics Voyager Edge Bluetooth Headset (Black) with A2DP, Voice-Answer and Travel Battery Charging Case) drive a vehicle. Wireless-headsets also allow the user to stay mobile, which prevents them having to hold the call when looking for answers that aren’t in arms reach. The best wireless-headsets can transmit up to 350ft from the phone base. The latest in wireless-headset technology also means that calls can be taken and disconnected when the user is not at their desk, ultimately increasing productivity.

Reliability

As the headset microphone is positioned in the same spot for every call and can’t move around, the user’s voice will always remain clear and consistent. The latest wireless-headsets come with noise cancelling technology that prevent the user from being distracted by other factors and also allows them to hear more clearly, ensuring they pick up all vital information that is being spoken about.

Ergonomics

No one wants to be tangled in a cord, and wireless-headsets eliminate this problem. Wireless-headsets prevent the user from damaging their posture by leaning their head to the side (cradling a phone on the neck) and they also allow the user to move around and exercise which not only increases blood flow, but is also great for general health and wellbeing.


Anyone who is using a wireless-headset regularly will swear by the benefit of the technology. It is essential to invest in quality wireless-headsets that contain the latest innovations such as those by My IT Hub, to ensure not only longevity, but to increase general happiness when using a headset.

Should I switch to MESH or Grab a WiFi extender?

In mid 2017, there may be something on your mind – MESH. If you’re sick of those WiFi dead spots, you might have heard that the answer is a MESH network. But even though the cost is going down, it’s still dollars that could be in your pocket rather than on an innovative new product that solves your WiFi headache.

So should you upgrade? Or should you go with the latest WiFi extender instead?

Some who have switched to MESH will be unequivocal, declaring that you should definitely follow suit.

But first, consider this: can you get away with simply using a WiFi extender? Let’s say you need that boosted signal for your mobile around the house. With an extender, you might not actually solve the problem, because you’re moving around rather than staying close to that extended signal point.

However, if it’s something like a TV or a desktop computer or an Xbox that you need the signal for, a WiFi extender could do the job brilliantly well because the signal you need is static.

Another thing to consider is that your existing router might simply be getting old, and simply replacing it like-for-like could be the cheapest solution.

But if that’s not the case, you still shouldn’t dismiss the option of buying a WiFi extender just because there are fancier options out there on the market.

You might not know that the latest WiFi extenders:

… are fancy


Whereas in the past, you might be losing too much through adding a simple WiFi extender, these days A, B, G, N and AC technology is all in there.

… are fast


Check out the packaging of that WiFi extender and forget the idea that they’re slow. In many cases, the speeds they support will be well beyond even the capability of your connection or router, including sought-after 5GHz.

… are secure


Don’t fear that the humble WiFi extender opens up your signal to security risks. The technology comes with the latest WPA, meaning that if a user doesn’t have your password, they won’t be able to use your extended signal to get in.

… are handy

That WiFi extender might even become your new best friend, thanks to the ability to add several new Ethernet ports to your setup.

MyITHub knows everything about the latest in MESH technology but also how you can most cost-effectively make WiFi a breeze inside your home and business. To find out more, get in touch today.

5 Reasons to Switch to MESH WiFi

In the wonderful world of WiFi, MESH is all the rage. In fact, MESH is doing nothing short of revolutionizing WiFi coverage in homes and businesses all over the world in 2017.

Got a big house? Got lots of devices that need bandwidth? Need speedy WiFi on every floor and even in the garden? Sick of buffering? It might be time to make the switch to MESH.

Not convinced? Maybe you want one of the following:

1. Less wires

Before MESH, you may have needed to hard-wire a home hub or a printer into your network. But with a MESH router, just plug straight into a relay and say goodbye to clutter.

2. Large home coverage


Lucky enough to have a whopper of a house? You may, therefore, be unlucky with your WiFi coverage. But with MESH, it just isn’t an issue – whether you’re on the top or the bottom floor. Some systems cover as much as 500 square meters and beyond – and there are systems that do even more.

3. No more buffering

We’ve all been there: with traditional WiFi, an app only half downloads or a video starts to buffer, and we simply switch to mobile data instead. This problem pretty much disappears with MESH technology, whether you’re near the router or not.

4. No more cutting out

Buffering is one thing, but cut outs are worse – and WiFi is notoriously for it, apparently with no explanation. A frustrating reboot of the router usually does the trick, but we all say a little prayer while we’re waiting. Well, welcome to 2017. And in the event of a rare dropout, some MESH systems will even reboot the router for you automatically!

5. Faster videos

Yes, it’s the internet we all have. But it’s video streaming that we really love it for. These days, we’re doing more streaming than TV watching, so what you need is WiFi technology that can keep up with your internet connection, even when multiple bandwidth-hogging devices are all using the signal.

Convinced that a move to MESH is right for you in 2017? MyITHub is where you should be. Get in touch today.

WiFi Technology: Tips for choosing a WiFi extender

AmpliFi MESH WiFi System

You may have invested in the fastest internet connection, but this can often be ineffective if you have a home network that’s poorly set-up. Whether the issue is a weak router, you have a large home or apartment, or you can’t get good WiFi outside while you’re working in the garden, there are numerous different reasons why your WiFi signal is poor. But there are ways to fix this issue, with the quickest and generally most cost-effective being a WiFi extender.

How does a WiFi extender work?

A WiFi extender works by piggybacking onto the existing WiFi connection you have available, then re-broadcasts this to create a much stronger signal. It generally involves a simple set-up procedure, where all you have to do is plug in the extender before selecting the WPS button on the side, then go to your router and also select the WPS button. This should automatically connect the two together. You’ll find with some dual-band WiFi extenders that you may have to complete this process twice.

What to look for in a WiFi extender

The most important factor when choosing a WiFi extender is what type of WiFi standard you need. If you have a WiFi standard that’s older than an N-compatible router we suggest replacing this first. Then you need to find out what type of connection you have and select a WiFi extender to match. Apart from the speed of your extender it’s also worth checking the number of ethernet ports it has, as well as choosing a model that has a pass through to access the mains plug socket, so it doesn’t block off the adjacent socket.

Connect wired devices to your WiFi extender

By connecting wired devices to the ethernet ports on your WiFi extender, it can help to increase the speed. The reason being there are less WiFi signals causing interference with each other.

To discover more about WiFi technology, such as WiFi extenders, mesh technology, wireless networking, WiFi hotspot and WiFi routers, follow our MyItHub blog. We are a leading provider of hardware, software and network services throughout Australia.