February 12, 2019
Why is service Important for Successful VoIP Implementation
So, what is QoS? Put simply, QoS is a combination of practices and technologies that provide guarantees of acceptable call performance. More specifically, it is a number of settings on your router that will help prioritize data flows. (Remember we told you to buy a router with the QoS feature? We hope you heeded the advice.)
Imagine that one of your employees wants to watch the latest episode of his favorite TV show at lunch (you are a very lenient employer). Or maybe someone is downloading multiple videos (for work purposes, of course). This additional load takes too much bandwidth, thus the quality of VoIP calls deteriorates, leading to echoey and choppy voice quality.
Increasing the amount of bandwidth is hardly a solution – after all, you can’t do it every time the problem occurs. What you need to do to avoid this unfortunate outcome, is to assign priorities to the data flows, recognizing voice traffic as the most important. In essence, this is what QoS is used for.
By default, routers transmit data using the First In First Out principle. You can change this by means of QoS tagging (prioritizing). That way, high-priority packages will be sent first, while others wait in line.
Although some equipment provides for complex QoS settings, it’s better to stick to the basics and use only a few prioritization rules. Conversely, a small router might be unable to serve a more complex telephony system. This is why we recommend that you evaluate the needs of your business before purchasing equipment and applying QoS.
Also, please note that QoS practices will not improve the connection itself; they will only make sure that no bandwidth-intensive applications affect the quality of calls.
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Also, stay tuned for future posts – we’ll provide more advice on effective integration of VoIP technology into business communications.