Voip Research Paper

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Introduction Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) or IP telephony is the name for a multimedia application that involves streaming audio between users through IP networks. Audio is digitized and sent across IP networks and then converted again to a playable format. It is rapidly growing in popularity due to its cost-saving nature. While there are a variety challenges that need to be overcome in order to make use of this technology widespread, VoIP has the potential to replace traditional phone lines entirely.
Principles of VoIP
When someone goes and places a telephone call it takes the callers speech or voice and converts them into data packets. With these smaller packets of data it is easier and faster for them to send and be received through
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As the technology advances the disadvantages are slowing going away and sometime in the future there might be a time when we see these disadvantages disappear altogether. When the disadvantages are finally gone VoIP will completely take over the traditional phone service. Advantages
VoIP has many advantages over traditional phone service; one of the largest is the low cost of use. VoIP only needs a fast Internet connection, such as cable or DSL, and the phone calls are free to anyone with an Internet connection (The Advantages and Disadvantages of VoIP). Along with the free PC-to-PC calls, calls that are from PC to landline are done for much cheaper than a traditional phone line (The Advantages and Disadvantages of VoIP).
Another advantage is the portability of VoIP, a user is able to make a VoIP call from anywhere there is an Internet connection simply by logging into their account (The Advantages and Disadvantages of VoIP). This makes any business and its phone number and communications portable at any time. Along with this a user could travel with a VoIP device and plug into the Internet anywhere and make calls for nearly
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These include but are not limited to Call forwarding, call waiting, voicemail, caller ID and three-way calling, features that cost extra from traditional phone providers (The Advantages and Disadvantages of VoIP). Along with these features users can also send data and pictures via VoIP devices (The Advantages and Disadvantages of VoIP).
Disadvantages
After all of the advantages its hard to imagine why anyone still uses traditional phone lines, however VoIP does have its disadvantages keeping the traditional phone lines alive. The largest is the reliability, VoIP requires Internet and power to work compared to the traditional phone that works with the current in the lines (HowStuffWorks). This means if you wanted to use your VoIP phone during a power outage you would need a generator or some type of power source.
A second and equally downfall is the use of 911 for emergencies. If a user calls 911 with a traditional phone line 911 can identify their location and direct the call to the correct 911 call center. VoIP uses IP and a users phone number giving 911 no location related data to work with. This becomes a large issue when dispatching EMS and other location related

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