Friday, April 28, 2006

Looking For Telecommunications Equipment Business Owners To Exchange Leads

Most of you who read Broadband Nation and/or subscribe to our news feed are actively involved in the US telecommunications industry in some respect. Many in Information Technology, network engineering, software applications, telephone systems, network security, and such.

For those of you who are actual business owners, company decision makers, and independent network consultants......here's an opportunity you should definitely take advantage of.

But first....a couple questions.

Do you provide any of the following?

·Cabling
·Network Equipment
·Network Installation
·Network Management
·ASP Software Applications
·Interconnection Services
·PBX solutions
·Key Systems
·Network Security
·Predictive Dialers
·Security Software

If so...how would you like FREE leads in your area specificly in need of your services for telephone system or LAN installation, telecommunications equipment, or other network support?

That's a no brainer right?

Now....it's obvious that after you've installed a LAN or phone system your customers will still need to be connected to the outside world.

That's where we come in. As a value added service that YOU can provide your customers....giving you a competitive advantage over all the other networking or telecom suppliers in your area who can only do part of the job. You'll be able to service your customers needs end to end.

We will provide your customer that outside connectivity from your key telephone or PBX system to digital phone lines such as channelized T1 or T1 PRI lines.....or from your internal LAN network to WAN solutions such as dedicated internet lines via T1, bonded T1, DS3, MPLS, OC3, OC12, OC48, Metro Ethernet, Ethernet WAN, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, and all of the other flavors of digital WAN connections.

In return you get more leads from us for your primary business....possible commissions for any leads you exchange that result in a sale for us....and VERY happy customers who now know they can get all their needs filled by YOU.

Once more....you don't have to be the expert in digital telecommunications circuits. We'll be the expert FOR you.

You simply find out what interface your customer needs and then refer them to us. We'll take it from there.

Let's face it, your customers are going to order those lines through someone. It might as well be you....with you benefiting from that service.

How can you make this happen?

Easy!

You simply register your business with us as a VAR or Value Added Reseller. That's it. What's more there is no cost to you to do this.

How will it work?

After you register....just start refering your customers needing bandwidth to us. We will discuss the available options with you and/or your customer, generate guaranteed competitive quotes from multiple providers, negotiate on your customer's behalf with these providers to ensure the most cost effective solution, take care of the contractual paperwork, facillitate the provisioning process, and also serve as your customer's advocate with the chosen provider for the life of their contact.

Also, the size of your business is not a factor. Whether you're an independent network consultant working out of your home or a business telephone system supplier with an army of technicians. This opportunity will work for you as long as you have contact with businesses that need digital telecommunication circuits.

To learn more....and to express an interest....please contact Jon Arnold directly at (321) 223-5238.

[NOTE: Jon is managing the program and is quite busy. Please tell Jon you were refered by Michael Lemm so he knows you're legit].

Or.....you can ask questions and register your formal interest using the "Contact Us" tab at DS3-Bandwidth.com.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dynamic Bandwidth T-1's

Nuvox Communications now has a dynamic T-1 to offer throughought the Southeast and Midwest. Defintely well worth looking into for any business considering a VoIP IP PBX solution for their business telecommunications needs.

EXPANDING YOUR BROADBAND SOLUTION

NuVox Communications' VoxIP service expands your broadband solution through the dynamic exchange of voice and Internet. While conventional telecommunications require separate channels for voice and Internet, VoxIP enables the channels on your T1(s) to switch between voice and Internet as your call volume needs dictate. With VoxIP, your business begins with T1(s) of Internet and adds the voice and networking service you need up to 6Mbps of bandwidth and 96 voice lines. You may also select from a collection of enhanced features designed to provide greater flexibility and more efficient telecommunications service for your business. NuVox's VoxIP
couples new innovations with proven, reliable technology.

Features of VoxIP

Flexibility: VoxIP offers your business a combination of voice, Internet, and networking services.

Dual Usage: Channels on the T1 alternate "on demand" between voice and Internet.

Voice Prioritization: Calls coming into and going out of your business always receive priority.

Advantages of VoxIP

Easy-to-use Customized Portal. Easily monitor your call logs, store contact information, and update your individual call features at any time using your Internet
connection.

Maximize Your Dedicated Internet Service

Even with 24 calls in progress simultaneously per T1, NuVox is still able to guarantee a minimum of 768Kbps, or about one half of a T1 of Internet bandwidth, for your Internet applications.

Take Advantage of Free Calling Between Locations

Customers receive free domestic long distance between locations with VoxIP service.

Quality of Service

NuVox leverages its state-of-the-art, fully-redundant IP network and on-premise integrated access devices to ensure the highest quality of service.

Future-Proof Your Network

VoxIP works with your current equipment today, while providing the foundation to upgrade to more advanced systems in the future.

To learn more about how your business can enjoy the ease and flexibility of
VoxIP, request a rate quote from Business VoIP Solution.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Free Motorola e815 Cell Phone With Free Bluetooth Headset

I just ran across a deal from Verizon Wireless for a Free Motorola e815 Cell Phone With a Free Bluetooth Headset. If uou're interested (and you should be).....you can find it at "Free Motorola e815".

Here's the specs and other interesting stuff for your enjoyment:

* Next Generation (EV-DO) Technology Gives You Downloads At Near-Broadband Speeds

* Watch On-demand TV or Listen to Music Via Verizon VCAST

* Bluetooth Wireless Technology

Motorola E815 (Video Phone)

Get ready for the next generation in multimedia mobile technology! With EV-DO downloads that approach broadband speeds, and on-demand TV and music downloads via VCAST, this phone is an entertainment heavyweight! Plus, this phone also has Bluetooth, a stereo MP3 player, a 1.3 Megapixel camera that takes gorgeous still photos or extra-long video clips, an expansion memory slot, the best voice-activated dialing we’ve ever used and two huge color displays. You’ve got to try this phone!

Highlights

- Next Generation (EV-DO) Technology Gives You Downloads At Near-Broadband Speeds

- Watch On-demand TV or Listen to Music Via Verizon VCAST

- Bluetooth Wireless Technology

- Built-in MP3 Player With Stereo Sound

- 1.3 Megapixel Digital Camera Takes Print-quality Stills, or Extra-long Video Clips

- Outstanding Voice-activated Dialing Lets You Just Speak A Phonebook Name With No Pre-training

- Huge 2.2" Internal Color Display, and 1.3" External Color Display

- Expandable Memory Card Slot Stores Your Music or Videos

What's In The Box With The Phone

- Additional Items Included - Battery, Wall Charger, User Guide

Advanced Features

- Digital Camera - Yes, 1.3 Megapixel Camera w/ 4x Digital Zoom, Multiple Other Picture Settings

- Streaming Multimedia Support - Yes, VCAST Capable for Streaming TV and Music On Demand

- MP3 or iTunes Player - Yes, MP3 Player Built-in

- Bluetooth Wireless Technology - Yes

- Video Capture / Camcorder - Yes, Limited Only By Available Memory

- Voice-driven Menus - Yes
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Data Capable / Use This Phone As A Modem - Yes, With Software Sold Separately, Up to Broadband Download Speeds

- PC Synchronization - Yes, WithSoftware Sold Separately

Messaging Features

- Verizon Wireless Mobile Web 2.0 - Yes

- Multimedia Messaging - Yes, Via MMS

- Text Messaging (SMS) - Yes, 2-way, Via SMS With 15 Messaging Templates

Personalization and Fun Features

- Polyphonic Ringtones - Yes, 64 Chords

- Pre-loaded Ringtones - Yes, and Downloadable Via Get It Now Service

- MP3 Ringtones - Yes

- Ringer Profiles - Yes

- Picture Caller ID - Yes

- Multiple Languages - Yes

- Languages Supported - English, Spanish

- Games - Yes, Downloadable BREW Via Get It Now Service

- Customizable Graphics - Yes

- Customizable Themes - Yes

Core Features

- Color Main Display - Yes, 176 x 600 Pixels (2.2"), Over 262,000 Colors, TFT

- External Display - Yes, 96 x 64 Pixels (1.3"), Over 4,000 Colors, LCD

- Speakerphone - Yes, Full Duplex

- Voice-activated Dialing - Yes, No Pre-training Required - Just Speak The Name Or Numbers

- Voice Memo - Yes

- Alarm - Yes

- Calculator - Yes
- Calendar - Yes

- Vibrate - Yes

- Phonebook Capacity - 1000 Entries

- Multiple Numbers Per Name - Yes, Up to 6 Numbers Per Entry

Battery Life

- Battery Type - LiIon

- Talk Time - Up to 280 Minutes

- Standby Time - Up To 300 Hours

Technical Specifications

- VCAST Enabled - Yes

- Application Platform - BREW 2.1.3

- High-Speed Data - EV-DO (Up to 700 Kbps) and 1xRTT (Up to 70 Kbps)

- Network Compatibility - CDMA 850, 1900

- Ringtone Types Supported - MIDI, MP3

- Predictive Text Entry - Yes, iTAP

- Built-In Memory - 40 MB

- Expandable Memory Capacity - TransFlash Up to 256MB

- Dimensions - 3.71 in x 1.95 in x 0.92 in
- Weight - 4.44 oz

Compatibility Features

- Device Supports Voice Plans - Yes

- Available For Purchase Without Service Plan - Yes

- Device Supports IN Messaging (TXT-PIX-FLIX) - Yes

Friday, April 21, 2006

Who Are The Fastest Broadband ISPs?? Tips To Find Out What You Really Need To Know.

It can be very frustrating when you want to find out just how well your ISP really performs....or prospective ISP if you're shopping around. You really don't want to take their word for it (and get the usual marketing drivel). But how do you become the educated consumer.... so you can operate from a position of knowledge (sic strength) rather than ignorance (sic weakness)?

Well ... to start you can look over the speed test review table at BroadbandReports.com. The table lists over 100 ISPs with number of tests that week, domain (DNS look-up), type, down kpbs, upload kpbs, other details....and rates them in order of performance (based on average over last 7 days). The table is updated daily so check back as often as you need to.

Interested in testing the packet loss of your line, comparing your ping time with other users, modifying your TCP stack, checking for bad routers, scanning for open ports and windows exploit points, testing if you're setup correctly for broadband TCP connectivity, tracking your connectivity with weekly reports, and much more? You'll find more tools to help you do all that at BroadbandReports.com. They're a great resource and I strongly suggest you take advantage of everything they make available to the public....for no charge.

I’d also like to add that the backbone is more important than the access in many if not most cases. All to often we load the access points up with gobs of space but forget about the transit and egress points. Naturally results vary by ISP and where they forward your traffic. As an example, if a broadband company also hosts most of the popular websites their 1.5M (DSL) customers may get better “speeds” than say a 3-4M (Cable) user.

I suggest watching the Internet Health Reports provided by Keynote for good “Cloud to Cloud” stats.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Recognition Green Light For Bluetooth

For all you Bluetooth afficianados...or wanna be's....here's a nice little article from WiFiPlanet by Tim Scannel. VERY well done....and very much in keeping with the times.

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Recognition Green Light For Bluetooth
By Tim Scannell

April 7, 2006


It started out as the little technology that could.

Today, more people than ever are using the short-range Bluetooth wireless mode of communication to swap files and talk on phones using headsets and earpieces.

Since the technology is essentially designed to replace cables, users rely on it to wirelessly print from their notebooks or handheld PCs and connect to other devices such as LCD projectors.

"It is encouraging to see that consumers not only have heard of Bluetooth technology, but they are also using it for more advanced applications," said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), in a statement.

Bluetooth awareness increased the most in the U.S, where more than 50 percent of the consumers who took part in a 2005 survey at least recognized the brand name and the technology.

This compares to a roughly 22 percent recognition level during the first such study conducted in 2003 and up to a 62 percent awareness level of Wi-Fi, the study showed.

The countries with highest recognition for Bluetooth include the UK and Germany (averaging about 88 percent), and Taiwan and Japan (about 67 percent), the study revealed.

More than two-thirds of those polled in Taiwan own at least one Bluetooth-enabled device. And Japanese consumers are the most willing to pay a few yen more for a Bluetooth device, even though there are comparatively few such devices in that country.

Worldwide, awareness for Bluetooth jumped from 60 percent in 2004 to 73 percent last year, the study revealed.

Bluetooth SIG commissioned the study, which polled consumers between the ages of 18 and 70 in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.

Bluetooth emerged in 1998 with the formation of the Bluetooth SIG and release of an initial specification the following year.

Adoption of the technology was slow at first, but quickly picked up, as more vendors incorporated the low-power, short-range technology into small devices.

Today, there are about 852 products from 358 different companies that use Bluetooth technology, said the trade group, adding there are more than 9.5 million Bluetooth products shipping each week.

Recently, the Bluetooth group announced plans to develop a higher-speed and more bandwidth-capable version of the technology that would be able to synchronize and transfer large chunks of data for video and audio applications.

As part of this effort, the group will adopt an ultra-wide band (UWB) technology version supported by the WiMedia Alliance, another industry association.

"Our goal in 2006," said Bluetooth SIG's Foley, "is to increase the understanding that Bluetooth technology enables far more than wireless headsets and mobile phones, though those will remain favorites."

Monday, April 17, 2006

T1 Internet Connection Basics

At the most fundamental level, a t1 internet connection is the link from your companies data infrastructure to the rest of the world. A T1 connection is sometimes referred to as a "dedicated service" as the service is delivered to and from the customer premises from the CO (Central Office) without combining it with other traffic. A T1 connections is established by providing a "loop" or wire from the users premesis to the CO where the service provider has equipment. Part of the cost of a T1 is the "loop charge" or the monthly rental fee for the wire that is rented from the local phone company. Once the connection reaches the CO it can access the carriers network and reach any destination.

While understanding the service may be somewhat straightforward, getting the service implemented is not always so easy. Like any business decision, a switch in T1 providers should be properly researched. You probably don't have time to listen to all carriers sales pitches that you should in order to get the best service, however. Consider shopping in real time by using a broker at ShopForT1.com. While a broker is always a time saver in telecom shopping, the creators of Shop4T1.com have made it even easier to shop for T1 service by introducing the first real-time bandwidth and loop calculator.

With real-time information you'll be able to quickly analyze service plans in your area and determine what is right for you. The people at ShopForT1.com have created a system that equalizes the carriers and makes them easier to compare by laying them out side by side and showing the features of each service. Need more help? They also have technical advisors that will assist you free of charge. These advisors make their money when you sign with one of the many service providers so you don't have to worry about them pushing you into a contract that you don't want with a carrier that you don't want. Get your price, ask your questions and be certain when you make your choice.

Friday, April 14, 2006

So You Wanna Try VoIP? Arm Yourself With The Truth First.

It seems like everyone and their Uncle has at least heard of VoIP (internet telephony) by now. Many people worldwide are happy users....but some have found issues they didn't expect due to unrealistic expectations or poor research prior to jumping in. Before you decide to join the mass migration to VoIP please do your homework and prepare yourself.

To help you understand the nitty gritty about VoIP....and give you the best chance for a great experience....read the below primer on VoIP. It's one of the best, all-inclusive explanations of VoIP technology I have ever seen. It should be a "must read" for anyone considering VoIP....or having questions of any kind about VoIP phones. The source is the VoIP Forum at DSLReports.com .... and is shared here word for word so as to give you the whole experience. Please keep in mind that some of the info may be a bit dated (e.g. on E911) since this is from April 2005...so do check for newer info where appropriate.

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So you wanna try Voip?

A few guidelines & answers for those new to Voip

You might also want to look at the Official Voip FAQ Or the Voip Wiki

1. What is this Voip thing?
2. If it's like a regular telephone, why bother?
3. Why doesn't everyone get Voip?
4. What kind of hiccups are we talking about?
5. Where can I find out more?
6. Other considerations
7. In Conclusion

1. What is this Voip thing?

Voip (pronounced 'voyp') is Voice over IP, a way to send voice conversations over the internet. You might have run across this already with voice/chat applications like Skype or MSN Messenger. Much of the current interest though is in using Voip to make telephone calls. When I make a Voip phone call, I use a normal telephone and dial the normal phone number of whoever I am calling. The people on the other end can't tell that whether I'm calling from a traditional telephone or a Voip one. The main difference is that the phone call travels over the internet rather than through the local phone company's wires.

2. If it's like a regular telephone, why bother?

Well, there are a couple of reasons. A lot of people are attracted to Voip because it typically costs less than phone service from your local Telco (Telephone company). Often you can get a flat rate Voip service that includes unlimited long distance calls in the US/Canada for $20 - $30 per month. Some plans include free long distance calls to other various other countries. If you don't use your phone much, you might be able to get a limited use plan for about $10 per month. Phone service usually costs a lot more than this with a Telco. In many areas it is still not possible to get a flat rate long distance plan from a Telco, so Voip is very attractive to those who make or would like to make a lot of long distance calls.

Secondly, most Voip companies offer feature rich plans. A lot of Telco's charge additional fees for services like Caller ID, call forwarding or distinctive ring. Most Voip plans include dozens of custom calling features in their base rate. So you don't pay extra for things like Caller ID or voicemail. Voip providers have also added a lot of features that you may not have seen before. Features like detailed call logs, being able to manage your custom calling features from the web or the option of obtaining a phone number in a different area code than the one you live in.

3. Why doesn't everyone get Voip?

Voip has only become widespread in the last five years, so it is a new technology. And like most new technologies, there have been a few hiccups along the way. If any interruption to your phone service would be a disaster, then Voip may not be for you. But if you like the cost savings, full feature palette and can live with the occasional bug, then you may find Voip to be a very good thing indeed. If you do decide to try Voip, don't give up your regular phone immediately. Try Voip for at least a few weeks to get a feel for it before you cut your landline or cellular ties, just in case you decide that Voip isn't for you.

4. What kind of hiccups are we talking about?

Since Voip routes phone calls over the internet, you have to have broadband ('always on') internet first. And your dial tone will only be as reliable as your ISP. If your internet has an outage, then so will your Voip. And if your internet is flakey, then your phone will be too.

Voip is digital. It works fine for talking to your neighbour across the street or calling your Grandmother in Italy. But it may not work for 'analog' calls like fax machines, your Tivo or your home alarm system. This varies from provider to provider. In fact, my fax, Tivos, Ultimate TV and alarm system all work fine on Voip. Just be aware that you may run into difficulties and what works with one provider may not for another.

<911> Don't depend on your Voip line to call 911. Or 112 (EU), 999 (UK), 000 (Australia).. well, you get the idea. It may or may not work. If this makes you nervous then either have an alternate method to reach your country's Emergency number, such as a landline or cell phone. Or simply stay away from Voip. Voip providers have not been around as long as Telco's and are just beginning to build up specialized infrastructure to handle 911 calls. Also Voip is nomadic. That is if you travel, go on vacation or move, your phone number can go with you as long as there is an internet connection at your destination. So the 911 system doesn't have any easy way to know where a Voip customer is physically located. I just keep a cell around in case I ever need to call 911. In most places even an inactive cell that does not have an active account will still be able to place an emergency 911 call.

Voip gives you the whole range of custom calling features. But you may loose a few 'landline' features too. Your Voip provider probably won't support collect, person to person or 1-900 payment type services. Depending on your provider, you may or may not have access to 411 (directory assistance), 311 (Current events, weather) or 0 (operator assisted dialing). Lastly, you may not be able to reach regionally restricted toll free numbers. If the 1-800 number is national, it will work fine. But sometimes a company will only pay for the 1-800 number to work in their home state or region. Your Voip company probably connects to the telephone network somewhere else, so you may not be able to reach a restricted 1-800 number in your home state. Having said that I haven't run into a restricted 1-800 number in quite a while, so maybe they aren't that common anymore. None of these 'limitations' concern me, but you should be aware of them in case they are important to you.

5. Where can I find out more?

You can find user reviews for most of the Voip companies here. And this forum is a good place to ask questions too.

Keep in mind that sometimes the same questions are asked over and over. So you will get a warmer reception in the forum if you take sixty seconds to try finding your answer with the search button first, before jumping into the fray. Some people in the forum (like me) might give you a hard time if it obvious that you didn't bother searching first. If your search is unsuccessful then some of the forum regulars will try to help you.

This is a list of some of the better known Voip providers. This is not an endorsement of any particular provider(s), it just isn't practical to maintain an all-inclusive list. The companies are listed alphabetically

AT&T reviews

Broadvoice reviews

Broadvox reviews

Lingo reviews

Packet 8 reviews

Quantum Voice reviews

Rocketvoip reviews

Sunrocket reviews

Voice Pulse reviews

Vonage reviews

6. Other Considerations

How do I connect my phone to the Internet?

When you sign up with one of the Voip providers, they will send you a small Voip 'adapter'. The adapter connects between your phone and your internet. Many of the adapters can function as a basic router too, if you don't already have one. Some providers will also let you sign up using your own adapter (if you have one). These are called 'BYOD' (Bring Your Own Device) plans and may entitle you to a discounted plan rate. If you are careful to ensure that you are disconnected from the Telco wiring, you could also plug the Voip adapter into a telephone jack in your house. Then all of the jacks would have a Voip dial tone.

Is the call quality clear?

If your ISP is solid your Voip calls should be about the same as a traditional plain old telephone call. Some providers will let you choose the quality level. Lower quality rates use less bandwidth (around 30Kbps) and may sound a bit hollow, muffled or tinny. Higher quality rates use more bandwidth (around 90Kbps) and sound as good as or better than a Telco call. Some people report that their phone call quality suffers if they use the internet while on the phone. If you experience this problem it can be fixed by using a 'QoS' capable router such as the Linksys WRT54G. QoS gives a higher priority to Voip during a call so that the call quality does not suffer.

How dependable is my Internet?

Your Voip will work a lot better if you have a solid path to the internet. This does not mean that you are home free just because you have lots of bandwidth. It doesn't make much difference to Voip if you paid extra to get that 10Mbit line. Yes you do need a certain amount of bandwidth (30 - 90Kbps in each direction). But we are really talking about line quality, not speed. Quality means having very few dropped packets and low jitter and latency. There are some good line quality tests on this site if you aren't sure about your ISP.

I thought that Voip was free?

The type of Voip that we have been talking about costs less than a Telco but is not free. There are some free services available that you may want to look into such as Skype or FWD. Free services excel at making PC to PC calls, but may have limited access to the regular (PSTN) Telephone network.

Number Portability (Porting)

Can I transfer (port) my landline or cell number to a Voip provider? "Porting Rules" is a good description of how porting works. Often you can port an existing landline (and maybe a wireless) number to Voip if you want to. Keep in mind that if a Voip provider provides you with a new number and you later decide to change companies that you may not be able to keep the number that was assigned to your account. The porting rules may not apply if the number originated with a Voip provider.

7. In Conclusion

So is Voip for you? Only you can decide that. There are a lot of happy Voip users here, but like anything you have to try it on yourself and see how it fits. Ask around, maybe some of your friends are already using Voip. Read a few reviews, wander around some of the provider websites. Is there a provider offering a trial period or money-back guarantee? And if you do try out Voip, don't give up your existing phone until you have actually used Voip for a few weeks. Just in case your ISP turns out to be flakey or you run into problems. If you find yourself liking Voip, then tell a few friends about it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

ISDN vs ADSL...Which Is Better For Video Conferencing?

When deciding on the best bandwidth configuration to run your video conferencing on...you may think you have endless choices. Sometimes it appears that way when you may actually be limited to just a few. Here's a comparison when your only choices are between ISDN and ADSL.

So the question than becomes this.

Which is better in the sense of connection speed and for Video conferencing between ISDN PRI (1.544Mbps) to ADSL (1.544Mbps)?

PRI ISDN T1 is the industrial strength flavor of ISDN, and is intended for users with much greater capacity requirements. PRI has 23 B channels plus one 64 Kbps D channel. Each channel has a 64Kbps capacity, enabling a total transmission speed of up to 1.536Mbps. With PRI ISDN, you can pre-define the number of channels used for specific types of calls or data delivery. What this means is that you can use the various channels for accomplishing different things on different channels simultaneously. In other words, PRI ISDN offers much greater flexibility than that provided by BRI ISDN. Additionally, the D channel is used as the switching channel that communicates with the Central Office for Call Management. It is used to carry local and long distance traffic.

An ADSL circuit connects an ADSL modem on each end of a twisted-pair telephone line, creating three information channels -- a high speed downstream channel, a medium speed duplex channel, depending on the implementation of the ADSL architecture, and a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) or an ISDN channel. The POTS/ISDN channel is split off from the digital modem by filters, thus guaranteeing uninterrupted POTS/ISDN, even if ADSL fails. The high speed channel ranges from 1.5 to 6.1 Mbps, while duplex rates range from 16 to 832 kbps. Each channel can be submultiplexed to form multiple, lower rate channels, depending on the system.

ADSL modems provide data rates consistent with North American and European digital hierarchies and can be purchased with various speed ranges and capabilities. The minimum configuration provides 1.5 or 2.0 Mbps downstream and a 16 kbps duplex channel; others provide rates of 6.1 Mbps and 64 kbps duplex. Products with downstream rates up to 8 Mbps and duplex rates up to 640 kbps are available today. ADSL modems will accommodate ATM transport with variable rates and compensation for ATM overhead, as well as IP protocols.

Downstream data rates depend on a number of factors, including the length of the copper line, its wire gauge, presence of bridged taps, and cross-coupled interference. Line attenuation increases with line length and frequency, and decreases as wire diameter increases.

They are completely different technologies used for different things. With ADSL you are generally given Internet access and with a PRI you get 1472 kbps of usable bandwidth to be used in a combination of various ways. The key difference is that with a PRI, you never actually have to connect to the Internet as you do with DSL. Therefore, a video call doesn't have to use IP as it most likely would with DSL. Therefore things that affect call quality like latency are generally not as a big a factor with ISDN.

Many companies still use ISDN PRIs for video conferencing to power multiple video calls simultaneously. A lot of people are now using both ISDN and Internet access via DSL/T1/T3/Cable/etc. for their video needs. Generally ADSL is far cheaper but the quality isn't necessarily as good because the customer has little control over the path an IP call takes through the Internet, but that my friend is another conversation for another time.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Buy Broadband At Walmart....Comcast To Offer Shoppers Cable, VoIP

The nation's largest cable provider has struck a deal with the world's largest retailer to offer broadband and VoIP service in 500 Walmart stores. Comcast, as expected, is ramping up its VoIP deployment and advertising, and the deal should quickly boost their VoIP subscriber numbers. Cable already controls 52% of the VoIP market - and that's before Comcast has really even started trying.

Comcast execs have scoffed at indie VoIP providers with a $55 unbundled price point (see complete pdf Comcast VoIP pricing sheet), which is intended to compete first with Qwest POTS. Comcast has more than 200,000 VoIP customers, and hopes to net a million more via full 35-state deployment before the year is over.

This whole issue has generated quite a energized discussion at BroadbandReports.com. I suggest you drop by....read the comments....add yours if you're brave....and make up your own mind about the cable companies play in the VoIP market.

Friday, April 07, 2006

DSL or T1? Which is Best for You?

When is it time for a business to upgrade to a T1 line? There are several factors to consider when examining you current DSL connection and the possibility of replacing it. For many small businesses the biggest factor is reliability and the financial loss incurred in the event of lost connectivity. Many companies rely heavily on their high-speed internet to conduct their business with e-mail, video conference, and now for voice-over-internet telephony applications. An outage could take down all aspects of your business if you find yourself in the same situation.

In a practical sense, a T1 will deliver a bi-directional speed of 1.5 Mbps. A DSL line can deliver up to 3Mbps, but the speed is solely determined by your distance from the DSLAM (the telephone company's physical equipment box in your neighborhood). The maximum range of DSL is 18,000 feet, which is where the signal loss in the copper line is too great to transmit data reliably.

Another difference between a T1 and a DSL line is customer service. A T1 usually comes with a 99.999% update guarantee, which is accomplished by a 24/7 technical support department that monitors the entire network constantly. As soon as there is an outage the techs spring into action to begin diagnosing and rectifying the outage. With DSL service, you are very much on your own - leaving you with the responsibility to call customer service, wait your turn in the hold queue, and hopefully be connected with someone who can help you.

The last difference between a T1 and DSL line is price. DSL service usually runs between $19 and $79 per month, depending on the plan (residential vs. commercial, 512K vs. 3M, etc.) Just 5 years ago, the average price of a T1 line was $1000/month. Now T1 pricing is in the high $300's to low $700's per month (depending on location and application), making it a much more attractive option to small businesses and even gamers. All things considered, a $500 T1 line can be considered as a 'productivity insurance' policy, ensuring your employees, your phone calls, and your email always keep working like they should.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

InPhonic Offering Hottest New SmartPhones....Cingular 8125, Sprint PPC 6700, And MORE

Just released....cellular InPhonic customers can now get two of the absolute top-of-the-line and hot SmartPhones on the market today. The Cingular 8125 is a PocketPC as well as a cellular phone and is one of the smartest mobile devices on the market today. It has built-in WiFi support for blazing fast email and Web downloads, as well as a protected QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 Megapixel camera and Bluetooth. Plus, there’s the Windows Mobile operating system with Pocket Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Media Player 10 for music and video on the go. If you need to carry all your data with you wherever you go, there is not a better choice on the market today.

The Sprint PPC 6700 is reported to be a "genius" by today's phone standards. It has Bluetooth, with near broadband download speeds as well as WiFi, this phone is built for the serious mobile user. With a Microsoft Windows operating system that is loaded with Outlook email, as well as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Media Player, the Sprint PPC 6700 is ready to support your mobile productivity. If you’re serious about staying connected when out of the office, check out the PPC 6700.

InPhonic/Cognigen Cellular also has the "air cards" from mutiple vendors so that you can connect to the Internet via your cellular carrier and your laptop. Additionally InPhonic has the hot Blackberry devices, which after rebates are almost FREE!

All the latest and greatest technology devices are available right now today from InPhonic/Cognigen Cellular...get yours!

T1, DS3, OC3, & GigE Bandwidth Specials Available

Finding just the right match to meet the bandwidth requirements of your specific application needs doesn't have to be expensive, time consuming, or labor intensive.

It can be easy. Very easy.

Simply sbmit your detailed RFQ via the link below and you'll get the best Tier 1 pricing in the US for T1, DS3, OC3, and GigE networks in whatever configuration needed....comparing multiple providers available for the location(s) you designate.

FreedomFire Communications

Once you select a plan that interests you, your own personal technical advisor will contact you to discuss the details of your quote, confirm the best pricing, and assist you with the acquisition process. They'll negotiate on your behalf, do the paperwork, monitor provisioning and installation, and even run interference for you with the chosen vendor for the life of your contract.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Now You Can Easily Set Up Your Own Revenue Generating WiFi Hotspot...Anywhere!

For anyone who's ever wanted to set up their own WiFi hotspot here's some breaking news that should warm your heart and put a huge smile on your face. My friend Brian Solis of WiFiTastic has come up with a way to make your dreams come true. Whatever the application....Brian can get you up and running with a revenue generating WiFi hotspot fast, easy, and cost effectively.

How?

Here's a summary of the news...so read on folks!

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WifiTastic will officially introduce its public BETA program on Monday 3 April 2006.

WifiTastic enables any broadband subscriber to create a revenue generating hotspot providing high speed, wireless internet access to users of WiFi-ready laptops, PCs, Macs, and PDAs.

By setting up a commercial hotspot (within minutes), owners can earn money by charging people in the vicinity of their wireless router to connect for a fixed hourly, daily or monthly fee. WifiTastic handles the billing and returns 60% of the proceeds directly to the hotspot owner.

Currently, the service is compatible with the Linksys WRT54G router. Users can simply purchase a pre-configured router or update their existing Linksys router by downloading and installing a free firmware update from WifiTastic.

As part of the beta promotion, the Linksys WRT54GL router is available directly from WifiTastic for free. The BETA program is expected to last through May 2006.

BETA testers can register now at www.WifiTastic.com.

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If you have any desire at all to set up your own revenue generating WiFi hotspot....I strongly suggest you participate as a beta tester in the WiFiTastic rollout. It can't get any easier than this!!