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A Q&A about Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

As a leading provider of computer equipment, peripherals, business technology, and consumer electronics, Canada’s Shark Systems regularly supplies individuals and businesses with all the components they need to use VoIP technology for their telecommunications needs.

Q: How does VoIP work?
A: VoIP systems convert sounds and voices into digital information, which can be sent over the Internet. This information can then be received by a computer or another VoIP phone at its destination or be converted back into a regular telephone signal if the recipient is using a traditional telephone. VoIP calls can be placed directly from a computer, but many users choose the convenience of a traditional telephone equipped with a phone adapter or a VoIP-enabled phone. Using a phone adapter creates a user experience nearly identical to that of a traditional phone system.

Q: What are a few advantages to VoIP calling?
A: VoIP can be less expensive than traditional telephone service, depending on what you use it for and how fast your existing Internet connection is. It can also allow individuals or businesses to conduct conference calls more easily through the use of VoIP conference phones.

Q: How much does VoIP cost?
A: Charges for VoIP vary by service provider. If you do not already have a sufficiently fast connection to the Internet, you may need to get a new contract or upgrade your existing service. Some VoIP providers offer their services for free when you call other members but charge to call outside numbers. If you already have a high-speed Internet connection, using a VoIP service may allow you to forego a traditional telephone line.

Q: What equipment is necessary?
A: To use VoIP for placing calls, a high-speed Internet connection is essential. This connection can be obtained through DSL, a cable modem, or another source. Users will also need a computer, phone adapter, or specialized phone to connect to the Internet. Some services require specific equipment, so be sure to check with your provider to see what it recommends.

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Listening to Internet Radio at Home presented by Shark Systems

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

With the rapid expansion of wireless Internet coverage in recent years, Internet radio has become more accessible and mobile than ever. Traditional radio is limited by transmitter strength and the broadcast spectrum available in an area. Internet radio can be heard all over the world, with stations accessible wherever there is a sufficient Internet connection. The number of stations is essentially unlimited, and the barrier for entry is low. While traditional radio is highly regulated and not everyone can broadcast easily, getting set up in Internet radio is much simpler and less expensive. With thousands of online radio stations across hundreds of genres, consumers can choose from a full spectrum of options.

Internet radio is delivered primarily in two ways: through downloads or as streaming audio. Downloadable content must be saved to the listener’s device, whether a computer, an MP3 player, or another option. Streaming audio can be listened to without being stored. This makes it appropriate for freestanding Internet radios like popular models from Aluratek or Sling Media, data-enabled smartphones, or computers. Live broadcasts can even be received online from thousands of stations that stream audio as it is produced.

At Shark Systems, we sell a number of popular devices used to listen to Internet radio without needing to go through a computer. Known as network media players or digital media receivers, these devices connect to your existing home theater or audio system and allow you to pipe audio or video from the Internet straight to your speakers or television. Network media players can work for both television and radio consumption and allow people living outside the range of traditional broadcasting to enjoy a wide range of programming.