Sunday, October 20, 2013

Using a VoIP Quality Test Tool

VoIP SpearVoIP Spear is a VoIP quality monitoring company that offers its own VoIP quality test tool to home users and business enterprises. It has been in the VoIP industry for more than 12 years now, and practically developed alongside the transformation of VoIP into a commercially viable telecommunications alternative. Through those years, VoIP Spear saw the need to test VoIP quality consistently and to diagnose results accurately. (VoIP problems do seem more frustrating when you don't know what's causing them.) And, as VoIP made leaps and bounds, VoIP Spear's technology followed. The VoIP Spear VoIP Quality Test Tool was developed.

Now, more than ever, end users need a VoIP quality test tool. In order for the increasing acceptance of VoIP as a main means of communication to be sustained, there has to be a reliable way of testing VoIP suitability, and monitoring VoIP quality of service.

For end users, the use of a VoIP quality test tool can give them a sense of control when it comes to their VoIP service, especially when call quality fluctuates. VoIP remains dependent on network connections. When a user experiences internet problems, their VoIP service suffers as well. But, a typical end user can't know for sure what causes their VoIP problems. The tool available through VoIP Spear can pinpoint issues. And, in some cases, the end user can do something about problems found, possibility through updating the priority services under their QoS configuration tool (more about this in future blogs).

VoIP service providers should likewise make use of VoIP Spear's VoIP Quality Test Tool. The tool is available to use for multiple endpoints, at test intervals set by the service administrator. Through such monitoring, the service administrator can know potential VoIP problems, traffic bottlenecks and other network problems, ideally before these affect the VoIP's end user. In the long run, addressing issues before it affects clients can sustain the growth of the VoIP markets -- perhaps until the point when VoIP is no longer too network dependent.

Until then, vigilance is a requisite. Call quality testing and monitoring are musts for both service provider and end user.

And for this, they get the benefit of more affordable telecommunications, increased accessibility and communications convergence. There really is no turning back from VoIP. It is the next level in telecommunications. Perhaps, the typical VoIP problems that we experience now are merely growing pains. There's just so much advantages to using VoIP as your main telecommunications. And, there is still so much potential for the industry. Surely, more technological advancements will come.

For now, make the most of your VoIP service by using VoIP Spear''s VoIP Quality Test Tool. Test your VoIP quality and experience the best possible digital telecommunications.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

VoIP Call Quality Test: Why Do You Need It

VoIP, as an alternative to wireline telephony, has made leaps and bounds in close to a decade since its commercial development. It has become a true option to landlines, offering consumers with cheaper communications rates and more accessibility.

However, an issue with VoIP has always been its dependence on your network connections. If you have unreliable internet, you are bound to experience interference and choppy connections during your conversation. If you still have a free account with VoIP service providers, such as Skype, this might be okay. You can ignore fluctuating quality of service if you have not completely switched to VoIP.

However, homes and businesses that have made the VoIP switch and rely on it as their main means of communications need to have at least a 99% uptime – and not just that. They have to have reliable and good quality internet connections if they want to talk without echo, static and other possible audio disturbances.

This is where doing a VoIP call quality test becomes important. Technically, you don't have to have an active VoIP account to begin testing your VoIP readiness. With third party services, such as VoIP Spear, you can test your IP endpoint and make it go through a series of threshold checks. Through these tests, you can monitor key aspects of your network connections like jitter, packet loss and latency.

VoIP Spear measures VoIP quality using MOS or Mean Opinion Score, which is the industry standard in grading VoIP service quality. Through your MOS, you can get a pretty accurate assessment of your network's VoIP suitability.

And you need to do consistent VoIP call quality test. This is one of the best ways to be on top of your VoIP service. VoIP is definitely the next level in telecommunications. Before we get the most of it though, everything has to be in place. A VoIP service is only as good as the network it's on.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Alternative Tools for VoIP Call Quality Test

A VoIP Call Quality Test is not just for network administrators and VoIP service managers. This is something that VoIP subscribers need to do if they want to maximize their  benefits from digital telephony. VoIP can really take over all telecommunications needs. You just need to ensure that you constantly do a VoIP quality of service test to monitor your service's performance. This way, you know right away when there's a problem. You can address this through a tools/ gears upgrade, a change in network providers or VoIP service providers, or a call to technical support.

There are several tools you can use to do a VoIP call quality test. Of course, the very very basic here is to do a ping test from your computer. This isn't ideal. A simple ping test does not point out where you're having problems. It just lets you know how fast (or slow) packets travel through your network. And ping tests as a your VoIP quality of service test have no monitoring component, unless you intend to sit in front of your monitor all day staring at your CMD screen.

The least you can do for VoIP call quality test is use a Network Analyzer tool, such as Wire Shark's and NAST's network analyzer tools. This tool is alternately called packet analyzer or packet sniffer. What this does is it intercepts and analyzes web traffic. Analyses are based on RFC. While you don't really get the specifics that matter in VoIP, you can at least tell if your web connections are fast enough for digital telecommunications.

Another alternative VoIP quality of service test is the Packet Analyzer. An example of a packet analyzer is VoIP Spear's call quality test and monitoring services. It works like network analyzer. Additionally, it also analyzes RTP streams and VoIP protocols. You then know how your network is doing based on latency, packet loss and jitter. This is a more reliable way of testing and monitoring your VoIP service.

You may also want to consider other tools for VoIP call quality test: the VoIP Probe and the VoIP Quality Testers. However, both of these tools are more suitable for VoIP service providers who want to be on top of how their service is performing. VoIP Probe is implemented at several service endpoints, where traffic is then analyzed. VoIP Quality Testers, on the other hand, are more intrusive testing methods that send audio packets to test the network. These files are tested using  the P .OLQA or the P .862.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Welcome to the VoIP Quality Test Blog

Great that you found us. Welcome to the VoIP Quality Test and Monitoring blog!

We're all about VoIP quality of service test and all other VoIP service issues. Why? Well, we believe that VoIP is really the next phase in the development of telecommunications. Alas, its connected technologies, such as network connections, SIP phones, softphones, and the like, affect how VoIP performs as a communications media. Of course, there are also the differences in VoIP service providers and the hardware and software they use to deliver services.

All this affects how a VoIP subscriber enjoys his service. Call quality may suffer, and this affects the user experience. It can get so bad that it turns the user off to VoIP. This shouldn't happen. With all the progress made in VoIP technology, everyone with a good network coverage should be able enjoy VoIP as an alternate -- if not main -- means of communication.

Through the VoIP Quality Test and Monitoring blog, we will discuss all issues that affect VoIP, and how users and VoIP service administrators can address these. It starts with a simple voice quality test, of course. But, we'll talk more about that later. Check back in here for weekly updates.