Tag: IP PBX
Posted on June 7, 2012 by Paul Hammond
Nine Consecutive Awards and Huge Growth for VirtualPBX Complete
Called a “cream of the crop” service by its customers, the latest award wining service from VirtualPBX, VirtualPBX Complete, quickly worked its way to the upper echelon of VoIP solutions, delivering an unparalleled complete business phone service.
Unlike other hosted PBX services, VirtualPBX Complete supports the blending of analog and IP telephony while simultaneously incorporating open SIP peering. Eliminating the need for proprietary software and delivering the freedom and flexibility to carry business extensions anywhere around the world through a smartphone, Virtual PBX complete is becoming an essential element for running a successful business.
“The need for business VoIP solutions is high, and we’re excited to have been able to launch such a strong product,” said Greg Brashier, CMO of Virtual PBX.
- 2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award
- 2010 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award
- 2011 Internet Telephony Excellence Award
- 2011 Next Generation Network Leadership Award
- Internet Telephony’s 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award
- Network Products Guide 2011 Hot Companies And Best Products Award
- 2011 Internet Telephony Unified Communications Product of the Year Award
- 2011 Internet Telephony Product of the Year Award
- 2011 Unified Communications Excellence Award
VirtualPBX announced continued strong growth in the 15 months since the launch of its award-winning VirtualPBX Complete business VoIP solution in February 2011, citing a 49.9 percent rise in traffic though the company’s hosted PBX system. With Virtual PBX’s expertise in technology and ability to create some of the most innovative products and services on the market, it is easy to see why they are so popular.
Posted on April 20, 2012 by Paul Hammond
Unstoppable! Virtual PBX Wins Yet Another Award for Virtual PBX Complete
Virtual PBX, the inventor and leading supplier of hosted business phone services, is excited to announce that Network Products Guide, industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, has named Virtual PBX Complete with VoIP Anywhere a finalist for the 7th Annual 2012 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the Voice over IP and Unified Communications category. Winners will be honored in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 during the 7th annual dinner and presentations.
As the industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, Network Products Guide plays a vital role in keeping decision makers and end-users informed of the choices they can make in all areas of information technology. The guide follows conscientious research methodologies developed and enhanced by industry experts.
Awards from Network Products Guide, such as the Hot Companies and Best Products Award, are the world’s premier information technology awards created to honor and generate industry wide recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and IT professionals worldwide in every area. In other words, Network Products Guide only gives these awards to those who honestly deserve them.
“This recognition as a Hot Company and Product finalist validates our position as a company successfully overcoming the communication issues faced by businesses today,” said Greg Brashier, CMO of Virtual PBX. “From the beginning our objective has been to keep communication costs and complexity low so that small- and mid-sized businesses can have the capacity and features to fuel growth and meet their business objectives.”
Virtual PBX Complete with VoIP Anywhere is truly a product you can depend on. Not only has it won more awards than any other hosted PBX service, but it has also won the best awards.
Posted on December 28, 2011 by Paul Hammond
At VirtualPBX, we do everything we can to ensure each customer’s system always runs as quickly and effectively as possible. From using fully redundant systems with backups to guaranteeing 99.999% uptime, we take every precaution to give you the most reliable virtual phone service in the market. However, there are also steps our customers may take to ensure their VirtualPBX is running as smoothly as possible at all times. Below, we discuss one such method to improve your VirtualPBX experience, including introducing you to our recommended routers.
To ensure your network can support VoIP traffic and keep your network within recommended parameters for jitter, latency, and packet loss. With that in mind it is important to have a good router. Reports from our customer base have revealed some routers work better than others with SIP traffic and VoIP calls with our VirtualPBX service.
Routers are specialized computers connected to two or more different networks that perform “traffic directing” functions. They run software that allows the device to move data between different networks, determining the most optimal path. Routers move information in “packages” called Packets and can be wireless, wired or a combination of both. Another primary function of a router is to share one Internet connection with many devices on the network.
The Apple Airport Extreme is reportedly best for people who want complete ease of use and 100% compatibility out of the box; the Apple Airport Extreme offers super fast wireless network access throughout just about any home, office, or classroom. This router includes:
- Both wired and wireless connectivity
- Single Ethernet WAN port for connecting to a DSL or cable modem
- 3 Ethernet LAN ports for connecting network devices
More features and specs can be found on Apple’s website.
Please note the Apple Airport Extreme does not support Quality of Service (QoS). QoS is a feature that enables routers to prioritize traffic, allowing the most important traffic to pass first. This results in improved performance for critical network traffic like your VoIP phone call. QoS equipment is useful with VoIP phones on LANs with high volumes of traffic.
For customers that need the utility of QoS, Virtual PBX’s customers found significant value in the Netgear WNDR4500 router. This router is perfect if you need advanced functionality like QOS and stateful pack inspection. This router features:
- Both wired and wireless connectivity
- Single Ethernet WAN port for connecting to a DSL or cable modem
- 4 Ethernet LAN ports for connecting network devices
- Supports QOS and stateful pack inspection.
A product overview and technical specs can be found at Netgear.
We recommend checking all network equipment on site before deploying our service in your office. A good first check of your network can be done using our VoIP Speed Test. If your router is not one of these we discussed here, you may contact our VirtualPBX Support department via email at email@example.com or via phone at 888.825.0800 option 2 to with any questions you may have.
As a part of our award-winning open systems initiative, our phones will work with a wide variety of other routers. For more information, please view our recommended network hardware.
Posted on November 2, 2011 by Paul Hammond
As VoIP is such a new technology, you may wonder how reliable it is. Communication is key to any business, so it must be reliable. Most companies rely on multiple forms of communication, including telephones, email, web services, and more, but some others simply just rely on VoIP. Of all these communication types, phone calls demand the highest level of instant interaction, and any delay or trouble with a phone call is noticed more quickly. So call quality and reliability of your phone service are critical. A major interruption in service can greatly impact a company’s performance and have far-reaching consequences and even poor call quality reflects negatively on your business. Inconsistent or unreliable phone service is simply unacceptable. So, if you are considering switching from a traditional phone service to a VoIP phone service, you may wonder if you really can just rely on VoIP.
Simply put, today, VoIP can be extremely reliable. VoIP has been around long enough for all the big issues to be worked out. With a good VoIP provider and solid internet service, problems such as latency, jitter, static, and dropped calls have been eliminated. Interestingly, the reasons some people worry about using VoIP – sound quality, dropped calls, intermittent loss of service – are the same concerns that afflicted the original PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) phone system. PSTN quality has continued to improve over its many years of use, and old-style analog phone systems using copper wires for connection have become the standard for call quality. VoIP is still undergoing important changes, but by selecting the right VoIP provider, you can already get quality and reliability that rivals analog connectivity. VoIP communication services are progressing and evolving faster than ever and the issues associated with VoIP are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
In fact, now VoIP telephone service can be even more reliable than traditional telephone service and provide better features at a lower price. VoIP telephones will often work in situations when traditional telephone services won’t. Suppose, for example, that you need to work from both home and office. With VoIP, you can have service anywhere you have an internet connection. So even if you loose internet connection in your home or office, you can make and receive phone calls from any internet connection anywhere, whether you take calls on your desktop VoIP phone or a softphone on your computer or smart phone. And the internet itself is very reliable. It has built in redundancy, routing packets around any failing links. The biggest reliability issue will be with your own Internet Service Provider (ISP), so you’ll want to select a provider that has a solid reputation for reliability. To check your current service, you can run our VoIP Test and see the bandwidth, jitter, latency, and packet loss associated with your current connection..
In addition, the sound quality of a VoIP call can be as good if not better than a call made through traditional landline services. This is because with VoIP, your voice breaks down to a digital form, which can be exactly reproduced at the other end of the call, unlike with landlines which can inject noise or lose strength over distance.
The real question in VoIP reliability may be in your choice of VoIP provider. You’ll want to choose a company with a strong reputation for reliability, and know what they do to make sure your phone system stays up and running, all the time. VirtualPBX has taken all the precautions to ensure you will have the most reliable VoIP service available. Our service runs in a secure, hardened data facility that is part of our national infrastructure. It has many sources of power, carriers, and lines, including primaries and multiple backups in each area. In addition, we’ve built the whole system with reliability in mind. Every component has multiple backups and redundancy. So if a component fails, your calls are not affected. In most cases, over half of our equipment could fail and you’d still get your calls. This is one of the reasons Virtual PBX is so well known for its reliability and quality. For more information and to get started to rely on VoIP yourself, check out the Quality and Reliability page of our website.
Posted on August 5, 2011 by Paul Hammond
VirtualPBX Complete Honored for Exceptional Innovation with the 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award
Virtual PBX has always watched out for every one of their customers, from the smaller businesses to the larger corporations, making sure to deliver products and services everyone finds useful for their business.
Virtual PBX’s latest solution is no exception, supporting a complete blending of analog and IP telephony, while also incorporating open SIP peering. In doing so, Virtual PBX Complete ultimately meets the needs of all Virtual PBX customers from traditional landline clients to VoIP telephony customers. Setting new standards for flexibility, features, price, and ease of installation, Virtual PBX Complete forged ahead, establishing new technology and employing out-of-the-box thinking.
This is what innovation is all about. And this is why Virtual PBX Complete was named the 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner. The award, presented by TMC’s publication, INTERNET TELEPHONY, honors products that display innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. The TMC Labs Innovation Awards are granted to those companies demonstrating groundbreaking contributions to the industry.
“The Innovation Award exemplifies the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. Virtual PBX has proven its commitment to quality and the further development of the IP communications industry through its Virtual PBX Complete solution,” stated Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Founder.
“Congratulations to the entire team at Virtual PBX for earning this great honor. I look forward to seeing more innovative solutions from them as the company continues to contribute to the future of IP communications,” Keating added.
In order to be seen as valuable innovations, new products and services must be strong enough to progress into the marketplace. In addition, fast changing technologies and lifestyles cause people to have greater expectations. Customers are used to products that constantly improve and make their life easier.
“This recognition demonstrates the significant impact Virtual PBX Complete innovation has had on our market,” said Greg Brashier, COO of Virtual PBX. “This award, coupled with the enthusiastic responses from our customers, is a testament to Virtual PBX’s hard work and commitment to provide services that meet the wide range of customer needs.”
“Virtual PBX has demonstrated to the staff of TMC Labs that Virtual PBX Complete is truly innovative in the IP Communications industry. Virtual PBX Complete has made contributions which have resulted in significant advancement to the industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “We’re proud to reward Virtual PBX’s hard work with a TMC Labs Innovation Award this year.”
The 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award highlights will be published in the July and August 2011 issues of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.