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Best Business VoIP Routers: The Features and Prices You Need

A router is an essential part of your office's Local Area Network (LAN). It can prioritize different types of data, improve network security, provide additional storage, allow remote network access, and more.

It also offers settings that help to optimize business VoIP traffic. In this blog, we'll outline the features you should look for when you're purchasing a router for your business cloud phone system, as well as present a free guide that lists a few recommended devices.

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Topics: routers, Office Management, Business Technology

Disable SIP ALG and Forward NAT Ports to Stop Dropped Calls

A VoIP phone system offers your company voice and video calling, presence, business phone system functions, IM, and other communications features. But if your office network is improperly configured, these leading features might not work at all. In fact, internet problems can stop VoIP calls from even taking place.

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Topics: SIP, NAT, routers, VoIP

VoIP Troubleshooting: What is Traceroute and How Does it Work?

When your VoIP service deteriorates, you can perform a command known as "traceroute" on your computer to see if there are problems with your internet connection, your hosted VoIP provider, or some intermediate router along the way.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, routers, About VoIP, business voip

What is NAT Keepalive?

Sometimes your deskphone will seem to have inexplicable problems. Inbound calls won't come through, or maybe calls go straight to voicemail. These issues can all happen due to a timed out connection between your VoIP phone and your local network. One way to fix this problem is by enabling and configuring a phone feature called NAT keepalive.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, routers, NAT, business voip

What are NAT and Firewall Traversals?

NAT and firewalls determine how Internet traffic is routed to your computers, phones and other devices. These technologies facilitate peer-to-peer filesharing, VoIP calling, and other Internet-based communications. In this blog, we'll cover what NAT and firewalls are, and how they can impact your daily Internet activities.

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Topics: routers, NAT, firewall, networking

How Do I Test My Internet Speed for VoIP?

A key factor of VoIP call quality is your Internet speed. Low speeds can degrade calls, causing breaks, delays, and dropped connections. A simple VoIP quality test can assess your office Internet speed, along with your general preparedness for VoIP.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, voip test, routers, modems, ISP

Finding The Right Router For SOHO: The ASUS RT-N56U

Time for a new router

Over the weekend, my home router died. Well not "died" died, per se, but began to fail to live up to my needs. It was a Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N, purchased from Amazon on sale. Total mistake. I bought it to use as a home router because the default "stock" firmware was the amazing DD-WRT firmware, probably the best firmware available for use in SOHO routers.

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Topics: routers