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29
SEP 2009

Posted by Leo Zheng at 05:10 PM EDT

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Google Fixing IE for Microsoft

New Javascript performance improvements and HTML5 are allowing web applications to do things that used to be only possible with desktop software. Unfortunately, IE, which is still the most widely-used browser, really isn’t up to speed, meaning that a lot of developers will probably have to devote a huge portion of their time making sure their apps are IE compatible instead of actually developing. The Junction Networks team is certainly no stranger to the woes of running outdated versions of IE.

IE currently runs Javascript much slower than other browsers and lacks sufficient HTML 5 support. Furthermore, each version of IE seems to have its own set of CSS rules, which gives our developers more headaches than they need.

28
AUG 2009

Posted by Leo Zheng at 02:20 PM EDT

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VoIP's Best Week Ever: August 24-28

'VoIP’s Best Week Ever’ is a segment of our blog dedicated to fresh and interesting links to all things VoIP, from unified communications news to VoIP phone releases. If you want to know what stories have the Junction Networks team buzzing, then be sure to check in every week for updates. Apple, AT&T, Google, and Vonage Does anybody else remember the Apple commercial back in 1984 in which the woman throws a sledgehammer at a giant screen of a man talking down to his mindless minions? Besides being a really well done commercial, it delivered a strong message against the evil monopolies and ‘anti-competitive’ monsters dominating the markets at the time. Well, it seems a lot of people are viewing Apple quite differently now that it’s at the top of the food chain.

27
AUG 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 02:38 PM EDT

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iPico iPhone App - Testing Update

Testing version 1.3 of the iPico iPhone SIP client. We have a rule-of-thumb around here that the more SIP settings a SIP user-agent has, the better. Sipura devices have taken that to an extreme, but they do allow you to tweak nearly every aspect of the device. The new iPico iPhone application is the opposite. It has 7 and only 7 fields. That's only three more than are minimally necessary. The issue for this device is that some form of a STUN server is turned on by default and there is evidently no way to disable it. The STUN server setting is causing Junction Networks not to see that the phone is behind a NAT and therefore not do our NAT-fixup magic which causes the iPico to have one-way audio in many situations. I have put a request into iPico asking for the ability to disable STUN. I'll let you know what they come back with. Until then, iPico is not recommended for OnSIP compatibility.

17
AUG 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 04:09 PM EDT

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Swine Flu and VoIP Perfect Together

Rob is out sick today. Bummer for Rob. But, also, potentially bad for the company if he comes back when he's feeling well, but still contagious. Since we use VoIP and for the most part work apart for each other, this is not an issue. Rob can come back to work whenever he is up to it without the threat of giving us all the sniffles. That is pretty much the thrust of this article: http://www.telcom-data.com/articles/172.aspx I am certainly not one for fear-mongering, but the point of the above is that VoIP is great for companies that are spread out and allows them to be just as efficient when spread-out as they are when all clumped together with less risk of spreading illness among co-workers. A little VoIP and chicken soup and we'll all be better in no time.

14
AUG 2009

Posted by Leo Zheng at 03:37 PM EDT

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VoIP's Best Week Ever: August 10-14

'VoIP’s Best Week Ever’ is a segment of our blog dedicated to fresh and interesting links to all things VoIP, from unified communications news to VoIP phone releases. If you want to know what stories have the Junction Networks team buzzing, then be sure to check in every week for updates.

03
AUG 2009

Posted by Tim Cleves at 02:55 PM EDT

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Summer Musings on Wireless VoIP

I have been using my Polycom 550 in wireless mode for the past few months and I love it. I'm not the lucky recipient of a new model of Polycom; mine still has an Ethernet cable plugged into the back of it. But that Ethernet cable then plugs into my wireless Apple Airport Express. The Airport Express allows me to extend my wireless network wherever I have a power outlet. Now that summer is here and the weather’s good, I can even work out on my deck (if only the neighbors would quit mowing their lawns during office hours!). The setup is surprisingly easy to install and the call quality is as good as a regular Ethernet/LAN tethered phone. The real question is when will all the SIP phone manufactures embrace truly wireless VoIP phones. According to Gartner research director Michael King, 70% of new Internet connections will be wireless by 2011. That figure seems low to me when you consider the smartphone and Netbook phenomenon currently taking place.

31
JUL 2009

Posted by Leo Zheng at 10:44 AM EDT

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VoIP's Best Week Ever

‘VoIP’s Best Week Ever’ is a segment of our blog dedicated to fresh and interesting links to all things VoIP, from unified communications news to VoIP phone releases. If you want to know what stories have the Junction Networks team buzzing, then be sure to check in every week for updates.

24
JUL 2009

Posted by rob@junctionnetworks.com at 08:59 AM EDT

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Hosted Unified Communication: What is it? Who offers it?

Hosted Unified Communications is hot! Or so they say. But what it actually means is up for debate. We have our opinion of what it is and we will get to sharing it very publicly later this summer. In the meantime, there's lots of media covering the topic as a result of some research recently done by a few firms. Here are some stats... According to Khali Henderson in a Phone+ article, Wainhouse Research puts annual revenue for Hosted UC at $200 million today and $5 billion in 2014. Henderson states that "UC, at a base level must include three elements - telephony, messaging and presence - integrated into a single interface". Does anyone offer that? Do you know of provider who claims they do that? Are you using a HOSTED service that does that? We want to know. Tell us what you think and share your experience. Please post a comment on our blog and let us know.

08
MAY 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 04:19 PM EDT

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Debugging a Grandstream Phone

Super techy post today. We ran down a problem where a Grandstream phone had two users (Lisa and Michele) registered. Both users were in the same call group so the Grandstream phone received two calls that were nearly identical. The difference was the two calls designated two different call branches and were to different usernames, but both reflected the same call-ID (because they ARE the same call, just separate branches.) After some work, we discovered that the Grandstream phone rang the line of the first SIP INVITE it received, but 'answered' the last INVITE. Following through the trail of INVITEs and CANCELs below, you can see where the confusion starts. We have submitted this information to Grandstream for their consideration - we are asking that their devices honor the "branch" tag.

28
APR 2009

Posted by OnSIP Employee at 02:36 PM EDT

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What happens for SMBs when touch screen technology and VoIP collide?

Last month Nadeem Unuth posed the question: "are touch screens better for VoIP?" The central argument was that VoIP is closer to natural language and freer from the restriction of digits. Totally agreed. VoIP lends itself to a techie and glorious level of openness, with apps like fring®. VoIP is making smart phones even smarter. Why does anyone need to be tethered to desks or computers anymore? Touch screens are here to stay simply because they are an appealing and useful innovation - but touch screens for the sake of it can be expensive and pointless for SMBs.

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