The Top 12 Hacks for Using VoIP over a WiFi Connection

You can choose a wired or wireless connection for your VoIP system. Most people and companies choose wireless WiFi. Putting down cabling costs money and it restricts movement. It's also unsightly and takes time.

VoIP over WiFi does away with all this. Follow these steps to do VoIP wire-free.

Getting started with a VoIP phone service is really quite simple

1. Download a VoIP App

Like with most technologies, there's an app for everything. VoIP is no exception. My personal favorites are VoIPer and 3cx. Both are free to download and they're so easy to use. Check both out and then choose the one you prefer to get dialing.

2. Check your WiFi router

VoIP is one of those types of internet traffic that just can't wait. Your voice has to reach the person you're speaking to within a fraction of a second. If it doesn't, conversation becomes very difficult. You might even here your own voice half a second after starting to speak as an echo. That's hugely irritating!

When choosing a router, make sure it is VoIP QoS (quality of service) compliant.

3. Choose a Supplier

Here in America, we're blessed with a wide range of choice in VoIP suppliers. Now you have your app and your router, it's time to choose a supplier. We get some of our best feedback from readers about our top partners.

4. Change Channels

When you're tuning your FM radio in your car, different stations live on different "bands". The same is true for WiFi. These bands are called "channels". By default, most WiFi routers use channel 6. That's fine for most of the time but occasionally you might hear glitches in your call quality.

You can change this to a different channel whenever you want. This normally sorts the problem out. Why does channel 6 sometimes produce glitches? It's probably the case that there are lots of other routers around on the same channel.

5. Clear a Path

WiFi is really just a different type of radio transmission medium. So, as it’s radio, make sure there are no obstacles between your phone and the router. If there are, your audio quality and signal strength will drop.

6. Put Repeaters in“Dead” Zones

Unless you work in a shed, then there are bound to be little nooks and crannies in your building where the signal strength from your WiFi router will be weak. Walk around your building and find out where these are. When you've found them, simply put a WiFi repeater in that location to fix the problem.

7. Focus on the Phone

Most mobiles have a battery meter. This tells you which apps are draining the battery the most. Turn off your leisure apps in work time to make sure you have no down time during the day. Angry Birds can wait til the evening while that important sales call from Atlanta can't!

8. Look After your Battery

This battery is more than half full, make sure yours stays that way too!

Batteries have something called a “duty” cycle. This roughly equates to the number of times they can be recharged and still hold a decent amount of power to power your gadgets.

Most batteries last the longest when they are being used until the battery is nearly completely discharged. At that point, you then fully recharged before using the battery again. Follow this routine to make sure you're not always searching for a charger.

9. Use “HotSpots" Out of Office

“HotSpots” are wireless connections that are available in the big cities and beyond. Larger mobile phone and cable companies have large networks of "HotSpots" you can use across the US. As a customer, your monthly subscription pays for your usage.

Save on cell charges by using “HotSpots” where they are available.

10. Consider a Dual SIM Phone

A lot of cell phones, especially from obscurer Far Eastern manufacturers, have dual SIM card capabilities.  One SIM card can be used for your personal communications. The other could be a SIM you can use for work. That's particularly handy if you can't access WiFi and you're nowhere near a "HotSpot".

11. Modem's Wireless Capabilities

Do you know you can install VoIP software on your cell phone? If your modem also enables wireless connections, brilliant. After installing this software, you could save yourself a fortune on cell calls.

12. WiFi Router Security Record

Some routers can be hacked into by novices using automated hacking software. Once they are in your router, call recordings can be made and sensitive information can be leaked. Be sure to check out online reviews of routers. Pay particular attention to the security record of your modem to see if you need to take action.

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