To VoIP or not to VoIP
Posted on 2006-11-09
I am 24 hours away from deciding on VoIP versus PBX. I like all of the features of VoIP and the configurability as well as the fact that communication technology seems to be moving in that direction. Price-wise it is about a wash either way.
I am setting up the LAN from scratch with Cat6 cables and with everything new. I will be using an Edgemark router and a Linksys SRW2024P 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch. The data connection is Time-Warner cable with a promise of 2Mbs to 5Mbs down and anywhere from 768Kbs to 1Mbs up. I had the option of using Great Works Internet solo DSL which would be about the same. I am over 15,000 feet from the CO, so I was a little concerned about that. The phones I will be purchasing are the Aastra 480i.
I am just a little gun shy, not so much because of cost of the phones, but because of the 24-month contract. I would probably go with a two-year contract with Verizon as well for the traditional phones, but I am much more familiar with traditional phones than VoIP.
I realize you can't make my decision for me. I am just looking for some advice.