Making the switch to a VoIP phone system is all about choosing more advanced, effective modern technologies. So when the day of your professional installation comes, you might expect technical problems with a server, wireless device or other new equipment.
Typically, however, the biggest stumbling block during an installation is something that’s been in your office for quite a while: cabling.
Most modern buildings have Category 5 (Cat 5) wiring already in the walls. Sometimes, that cable has become compromised. Maybe a nail was put through it. Perhaps it was pulled around a corner, causing damage. Maybe a pesky varmint decided it would make a good snack.
Whatever the case, integrators who use Adtran Layer 3 and Adtran Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches have a great tool for avoiding delays on VoIP installation day. In short, these switches are intelligent. They can run diagnostics on Ethernet switch ports to determine whether any wiring has been compromised. If these switches are put into place a week or two before the VoIP installation is scheduled, any cabling problems can be solved in advance – and the new phones will be up and running on time.
That isn’t the only advantage to using Adtran switches. Adtran products generally feature a lower price than the competition, as well as a lifetime warranty. For example, the company’s Layer 3 products provide:
- intelligent switching decisions based on the OSI Layer 3 source and destination addresses, similar to that of a router. A standard Layer 2 switch relies on MAC addresses to make switching decision.
- Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities to support mission-critical applications such as VoIP.
Finally, Adtran switches offer more advanced power management services than the competition. Adtran Gigabit switches can provide higher bandwidth for corporate and branch office LANs to support today’s most bandwidth-intensive applications.
One the flip side, Adtran’s 24- and 48-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches are optimized for a mix of devices including IP phones, wireless access points and IP surveillance cameras. IP phones have low energy requirements, while IP surveillance cameras might require a burst of power when panning or zooming. With Adtran PoE switches, companies can conserve power. Devices can be turned off when not in use, or scheduled to go offline after business hours.