Conference Phones – Analogue vs IP based

Conference Phones – Analogue vs IP based

Polycom Soundstation IP7000Teleconferencing has become a necessity in almost every organizations and industry, and with the increasing number of devices and apps that claim to be able to offer conferencing functions, there can be some confusion involved in making a selection.

If the wrong solution is chosen, users often face problems like poor voice quality, interrupted conversations and quite often diffuculty in connecting to the call.  These issues make any teleconference call messy, unproductive, and not very professional.  This is especially true if you are constantly requiring to connecting with colleagues or client who are overseas – the whole process ends up being difficult and frustrating.

The solution is to choose the right tool for the job – a professional teleconferencing solution.  Good quality conference phones are helping businesses with their communications, and connecting easily to clients and colleagues both locally and internationally.  When the experience is hassle-free, it makes interractions smooth and professional.

Currently, there are two main types of conference phones that are available in the marketplace: they are analogue conference phone and VOIP or IP based conference phones.

There are differences between both these types of conference phones and both have their good and their bad.

Analogue Based Conferencing

Analogue conference phones work in much the same way as a normal telephone – they plug into your telephone socket and work over a standard telephone line.  They are available in both the wireless and wired varieties and generally have a high quality of audio available.

It stands to reason that audio conferencing may also be more costly given that you are using a dedicated phone connection and needing to use a phone service.

Analogue phone systems are also percieved to be “on their way out” to make way for the newer IP based systems.

IP Based Conferencing

IP based or voice over internet protocol based conference phones use VOIP technology and transform the radio signal into digital data, so that it can be transmitted over the internet.  You can easily make use of VOIP conference phones for your business numbers and you can choose between a hosted phone system or a non-hosted phone system.

The IP based systems can be more cost effective, keeping your local, national and long distance costs low.  You can also use video conferencing much more efficiently, and with minimal lag via the IP system.

Rather than a dedicated phone line, the IP conferencing systems work through your broadband connection, and if you have a complete IP telephone system in place, it eliminates the costs associated with the analogue phone system.

However, you do need to have a quality broadband service as the VOIP systems are purely dependant upon your internet service.  A poor system can result in low quality voice calls: interrupted connections, voice lag, “pixelated” sounds and other issues as well.

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