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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Working with VOIP Reply with quote

Just curious, does anyone have any experience working with VOIP? Perhaps in a buisiness setting, running multiple lines? My understanding is, you order multiple lines but they all run off the same internet connection, so there's not a lot of installing to be done (at least, not as much as with conventional lines)... is this the case? How does the cost and reliability compare with traditional phone lines?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used VOIP during an election for our campaign office.

It was a lot cheaper than paying Bell for hooking up all the phones.

We also saved a lot in long distance.

I don't recall the exact savings though.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had vonage for awhile. The lag was unbearable. It was like watching a CBC interview with someone in China - always talking over and interupting the other person.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose the quality of voip depends on your Internet topology. For example, on Shaw's network, they route everything through Calgary. If you wanted to call Sakatoon to Regina, all those packets go through Calgary and that can introduce some lag. A lot like trying to talk over a satellite link. SaskTel's network would route directly to Regina.

My current internet is off of satellite. I sit here in Saskatchewan, the data travels up to Anik F2 and down to Markham Ontario I believe. From there who knows where it goes. voip would probably not work at all for me. Gaming is impossible with the lag.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. Routing things through Calgary wouldn't present much of a problem in my case, I suspect. Might be worth finding someone who has it up and running and do some tests.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My understanding is, you order multiple lines but they all run off the same internet connection, so there's not a lot of installing to be done (at least, not as much as with conventional lines)...


Ya, that's how I understand it's done and how we had it during the campaign.

Though technically you just have one line and they split it with a type of router, though I could be wrong.
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