If you’re a small business owner operating out of an older building with multiple floors, you may have been told on more than one occasion that upgrading to VoIP would be a costly endeavor simply because of the cabling involved.
After all, older structures made from concrete block and poured cement floors often present an “installer’s nightmare” because of the lack of available conduit or internal wall space to accommodate the new cabling that will be needed in order to upgrade your LAN.
In some cases the labor involved in carrying out such cabling can account for a large percentage of the cost of the job – especially if, heaven forbid, your installers run into asbestos, lead paint or some other hazardous material.
Still, you want, and need, VoIP in your building, not only because of the cost savings, but also the productivity enhancing features it can bring to your business. Too bad “them ol’ walls” are keeping you away.
If you’re thinking “there has got to be another way,” well, you’re right, there is an alternative method for deploying VoIP – and it’s not a wireless solution. It’s Phybridge’s (News
) UniPhyer appliance – the quick, easy and cost effective way to roll out VoIP across your offices.
This compact telephony appliance -- dubbed the “VoIP Enabler” -- lets companies quickly and affordably deploy VoIP using their existing CAT3 (traditional) telephone lines. Thus the UniPhyer creates a “parallel network” which is dedicated for voice and yet which allows for full integration with your existing network.
Not only does this help companies avoid the high cost of cabling (or re-cabling) their older facilities -- it also allows them avoid the hassles associated with converging data and voice on the same network. Thus companies no longer have to go through the trouble of testing their LANs to ensure VoIP readiness; deploying new hardware or infrastructure; taking the risk of service disruptions; or dealing with poor service following installation.
The appliance, which comes in both 24- and 48-port models, also delivers Power over Ethernet over existing telephone lines, which solves the problem of how to power up the IP phones without running additional cabling.
Phybridge UniPhyer handles quality of service through its point-to-point architecture. This in turn results in VoIP phone service that is just as reliable and crystal clear as traditional, TDM-based phone service. And with all the productivity enhancing features and capabilities that VoIP can bring, you can be certain that you will see a very rapid return on investment
But the real advantage of this appliance – and why it is destined to become a big hit among smaller sized businesses – is its ease of deployment. The Phybridge UniPhyer works with most IP phones and can be installed in three basic steps, requiring little to no training or technical know-how:
--First, remove the existing RJ21 telco connector from your legacy PBX (News
) and connect it to the Phybridge UniPhyer
--Second, connect the Phybridge UniPhyer directly to your new IP PBX or through the main switch on your LAN using an RJ45 connector
--Third, connect the PhyAdapters (which allow for power to be transmitted to the IP phones) to the existing telephone jacks at the desktop and connect the IP Phones to the PoE enabled phone jack on the PhyAdapter
That’s all there is to it. Most phones will automatically self-provision upon hook up. After this quick and easy install, plus a little extra time to configure the system via an intuitive Web-based interface, you’ll immediately get to enjoy all the features, capabilities, cost savings and high quality telephony that VoIP brings.
The Phybridge UniPhyer works with most IP PBXs
, phones and software, including equipment from Zultys
, Siemens, ShoreTel, Nortel and Cisco (News
), as well as Asterisk open source IP PBXs
, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility either.
For more information check out this short video
demonstrating how easy it is to install and set-up this game-changing telephony appliance. Also be sure to check out the company FAQ page
Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard