In order to use some of the basic services, (net2phone, IConnectHere)
, you can probably get away with just your PC, an internet connection, and your speakers/microphone. Most feel that using a headset is a much better solution.
In general, you need:
A high-speed internet connection. This can be a cable modem, or a super high-speed services such as ISDN, DSL or a T-1 link. The link you choose will depend upon the amount of telephone traffic you intend to use. A typical DSL link, for instance, is enough for eight simultaneous phone calls.
A VOIP box - about the size of a telephone modem. - your telephones just plug into the box. And your ordinary phone lines allow remote users to call in from outside.
An account with a VoIP provider. Your account can be configured to recognize your calls automatically, or you can require your users to enter their unique account numbers, issued by you.
Some examples of options in this area can be seen on IConnectHere's
web site here
These include headsets and handsets, both normal and USB, gateways, and IP phones.
last modified: 2002-07-12 10:40:19