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Phybridge UniPhyer Brings VoIP to Small Businesses the Fast, Easy and Affordable Way


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August 13, 2009

Phybridge UniPhyer Brings VoIP to Small Businesses the Fast, Easy and Affordable Way

By Patrick Barnard, Group Managing Editor, TMCnet

Are you a small business owner looking for a fast, reliable and affordable way to deploy VoIP?

Are you tired of being told by all the big vendors that the only way to do it is to invest in all-new IP infrastructure?

Business owners everywhere are, at this point, well aware of the benefits of VoIP – after all the technology has been around for more than a decade now. If you’re thinking about making the switch you are no longer considered an early adopter – if anything, you’re late to the party. VoIP has already proven its value and reliability for businesses – now it’s just a matter of getting all the late adopters onboard.

The main benefit of migrating to VoIP from traditional telephone service is significantly reduced telecommunications costs. Most businesses can save anywhere from 50 to 80 percent on their phone bill simply by switching to a VoIP service. And certainly integration with other IP-based systems, such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems, can be a huge advantage as well.

But very often a small organization’s LAN or WAN is inadequate for supporting voice, therefore an expensive and drawn-out upgrade is usually required. Even then there can be many unpleasant surprises – sometimes companies find that their network still can’t support voice properly, even after investing in new equipment and conducting the required network readiness tests. With the cost, complexity and risks involved in deploying voice on an existing network, it’s no wonder so many small business owners – especially in this down economy – are saying, “Forget it, maybe next year.”

But there is an alternative – and it comes in a nice, compact appliance called the UniPhyer. Made by Ontario, Canada-based Phybridge Inc., the UniPhyer lets companies deploy VoIP using their existing telephone cabling. In this regard the appliance creates a “parallel network” which is dedicated for supporting voice – yet which is completely integrated in with the company’s existing IP network. The UniPhyer delivers power over Ethernet over existing telephone cabling – thus solving the problem of how to power-up the IP phones. Thus the solution allows companies to deploy VoIP without piling voice traffic onto their existing network – co-mingling it with other sensitive data or systems used for mission critical operations.

According to Phybridge (News - Alert), the UniPhyer is quick and easy to deploy – in fact, the company claims installation can be achieved in under an hour depending on how many phone lines are involved. The UniPhyer comes in 24- and 48-port models – and additional lines can be supported by simply daisy-chaining units together. Installation is carried out by connecting the UniPhyer to the company’s existing PBX (News - Alert) (or, optionally, the main switch on the LAN); connecting existing phone lines to the UniPhyer; and installing special PoE adapters (i.e. phone jacks) at each phone location. From there it’s just a matter of adding the IP phones (the system works with all manufacturers’ IP phones), doing a little bit of configuration, and, of course, selecting which VoIP service you want to use. That’s pretty much it -- you’re up and running. In many cases a small company might not even need to hire a technician to do the installation.

Due to the fact that it employs point-to-point topology, just the same as traditional phone service, the UniPhyer delivers superior quality of service. In fact the company claims that call quality can be just as good as traditional, copper-based phone service.

The UniPhyer changes the VoIP deployment paradigm by making it simpler, faster and more reliable to deploy VoIP across an organization. It represents such a simple, elegant and un-fettered approach to deployment that it’s amazing no one thought of it sooner.

Phybridge UniPhyer can be integrated in with a wide range of PBXs from leading manufacturers. The company recently announced that UniPhyer is now certified interoperable with Avaya’s (News - Alert) IP-PBXs and telephony products. More recently it announced that UniPhyer is also interoperable with Zultys’ (News - Alert) IP-PBXs as well.

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Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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