Network Cabling, Internet Connectivity and VoIP

Last Updated : June 20 2017

Network Cabling, Internet Connectivity and VoIP

by Nick Timberlake 2017 June 20

Network cabling, internet connectivity, and VoIP

Computers have become part and parcel of our daily life, so much so that it’s hard to imagine life without them.

Almost all offices, businesses, and schools have computers installed somewhere, which is why it’s all the more important that our other gadgets--cell phones, tablets, cameras, among others--are able to connect to these devices to enable data transfer. Most of us use USB-2.0 cables to connect our devices, such as cameras and phones, to the computer and transfer certain data. But for high-quality performance, there are only certain cables that enable speedy data sharing, although the process of building a professional and fully functional network cabling structure requires some expertise. As such, this article will explore the creation of a well-structured networking system to allow internet connectivity and data transfer.


Why you need to organize your networking system

A well-structured networking system is useful in helping an organization create, organize and maintain the right procedures and allow internet connectivity. The most important data can be kept within the organization and can be securely shared among employees. Movement is also minimized in the offices, as networks allow file transfer from one person's computer to the other.

It is also easy to backup files on other computers so if ever one computer fails, you can simply transfer PCs. A USB extension cable, which can extend to longer distances, is ideal for offices that are a little far from each other.

But first, in order to accomplish all that, you must first learn the art of organizing your cables. But it’s not just about fixing cables--they have to be fixed properly. Other hardware like the NICs (Network Interface Cards) must be properly installed with the necessary software.


Methods of transferring/linking devices to a network

The structured cabling has become one of the most popular means of building a networking infrastructure. One such example is the Ethernet network cable, which is used to interlink devices in a network. You can also opt for the wireless LAN, optical fibers, power communications, among others.

Voice over IP (VoIP) technology is a method where analog voice data gets converted into digital packets that conform to the Internet Protocol. These IP-compliant data packets are then sent across the Internet, which is a packet-switched network. The call recipient's phone similarly decodes and reconverts the digital data into an analog voice signal.

By converting their data into little packets similar to the data flowing on the Internet, VoIP providers can piggyback on internet infrastructure and bypass the telecom companies' PSTN networks. Voice signals can be transmitted to any place on earth with internet connectivity. All it needs is a broadband phone with the required voice codecs to convert analog signals to digital data and vice-versa.


Setup requirements for VoIP

The user has to have an ADSL line with a modem and an internet account provided by an ISP. This means the user only needs broadband internet, and not the normal telephone line and instrument that come with a landline subscription. The broadband phone, which looks just like a cordless phone, has to be purchased if the user does not wish to use a computer to make calls. The phone calls work just as well using the software on the computer with a headset.

Usage: Note that a VoIP phone does not require a computer to make a call. It can connect directly to the modem. But the computer may be required for the initial setup and configuration when the phone is purchased. Apart from this installation process, the usage is exactly like an ordinary phone. Users can simply dial, have a conversation and then hang up.

Nick Timberlake
#1 Nick TimberlakeAuthor 18 March, 2014, 12:37 Nick is an avid writer and a sports fanatic. He came from a small town in Australia but now living in Southern California.