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September 01, 2012
TMCnet VoIP Routers Week in Review

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

Another big week landed in VoIP Routers technology, and while last week wasn't anywhere near this big, this week was stuffed full of news in the sector. As such, it's time for our Week in Review coverage, to give you a simpler, summarized look at all the big stories that we found this week.

First, we had a look at the impact of session border controller systems on a world that is, increasingly, adopting VoIP standards. Where previously, IP networks were add-on or "adjunct" networks, connected to the "core" network of time division multiplexing networks, they're rapidly becoming "core" networks in their own right. But even though IP networks are rapidly becoming core networks, they still need to work with time division multiplexing networks for some time to come, and that's where the session border controller comes in to bridge the gap.

Next came a report that examined the differences among various types of VoIP routers, seeking to prove that, indeed, routers are not all created equal. The capacity routers can offer, the firewall they come with, the differences in wired over wireless and more all add up to a router environment that has a lot more quirks and twists than the average user may think. While for most home networks, most any router will do, those with multiple users will want to look more closely at the specs involved.

Then, we took a look at an even more important point, the point of keeping those VoIP routers cost-efficient. While routers are not created equal, and finding the right one is important for any business of any size, there are ways to improve the overall performance of same, like having the proper kinds of switches in place, making scalability a factor in buying decisions, and assigning VoIP traffic to a high priority to ensure that the equipment is working the best way possible for VoIP routers. These measures, and several others, can help keep VoIP routers saving money for a business instead of costing it.

Next, Advanced American Telephones showed off their new Syn248 Deskset and Gateway (News - Alert) business phone system. Advanced American Telephones commonly manufactures AT&T-branded phones under license, so they have plenty of experience behind them. Early reports suggest that the Syn248 Deskset provides a solid performance for it’s comparatively low cost, and is geared toward smaller offices, allowing a company with 24 employees to completely outfit itself for just under $5,000. The company also recently unveiled a new telephony product line for AT&T, with a new SIP gateway and some improvements to the Synapse Business Telephone System.

Finally, Patton (News - Alert) Electronics announced their plans for their booth at the upcoming ITEXPO (News - Alert). While Patton will be bringing a wide array of hardware to their booth at one of the biggest electronics trade shows around, Patton won't just be showing off new gear. They'll be showing "complete, best of breed solutions", which will not only show off the hardware, but also call attention to important additional benefits like free customer support, as well as their ability to operate alongside other platforms.

It was a pretty big week in VoIP routers indeed, and not even the oncoming Labor Day weekend could slow things down on this sector. Our global online community was constantly engaged in finding all the biggest news, so be sure to come back next week for more, and of course, for our Week in Review every weekend!

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