The 411 On SIP

If you’ve spent any time online researching new types of phone technology, it’s highly likely you’ve come across a large number of acronyms that didn’t make sense. Some of these include VoIP, WAN, PBX, SOHO and SIP. Before deciding on a specific phone system, you need to know what these mean. In this article about SIP, we’ll go over what it stands for, what it means, and why it could be important for your business.

What Is SIP?
SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol. This type of technology allows voice and video calls to be made for free with VoIP communications. This essentially replaces a phone line with the internet.

Requirements For SIP
Before you can use SIP to make phone calls, there are a handful of things you need to have. The first thing is a SIP address or SIP account. VoIP providers usually include this when you sign up for service. Next, you’ll need a SIP client, which is a program you install on your mobile device or computer that provides the necessary communication interface. As you might have guessed, an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth is next on the list of requirements. Less bandwidth is required if you only use voice communication.

It does no good to have SIP technology is you don’t have devices to hear from and speak into. Depending on your set up, you can use earpieces, a headset, or a microphone and webcam to participate in voice and video communication. Last of all, you will need someone on the other line to communicate with. If you want calls to be free, call other SIP users, and share SIP addresses as you would a phone number.

How Does SIP Work?
SIP sets up and terminates calls or conferences by sending messages between specific endpoints on the internet called SIP addresses. These addresses are linked to either a computer application, a physical SIP client, or an IP desk phone. While the conference, call, or instant message is occurring, SIP doesn’t do much.

Benefits Of SIP
The biggest benefit of using SIP is the amount of money you can save when communicating with people around the world. You can chat, call, or video conference with any other SIP user anywhere for free. Because of this, thousands of businesses are switching to SIP compatible communications systems.