Voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, can be an extremely cost-effective alternative to traditional phone service. It can also offer many benefits that traditional phone lines do not have or would charge extra to use. Unlike traditional phone service, VoIP requires an internet connection. So, what is the minimum speed for a HughesNet VoIP phone service connection to work properly?
Fortunately, the minimum required speed for VoIP calls is quite low. In fact, it’s lower than the slowest high-speed internet service available. It’s so low that even if your service provider is experiencing heavy traffic from a lot of customers at any given moment, you will almost certainly still be able to make a VoIP phone call with no problems.
The required internet connection speed for a VoIP phone call is less than 0.5Mbps download. For context, scrolling through your social media feed uses about 1Mbps download capacity. Here are some more details about VoIP and what features it can offer versus traditional phone service.
Internet speeds defined
Internet speeds can be a tricky thing to understand. For starters, there is a difference between download speed and upload speed. Download speed refers to how fast data comes to you. This involves anything that has to do with receiving information, like loading web pages and apps, downloading files and making VoIP phone calls. Download speed is usually much faster than upload speed.
Upload speed refers to how fast you are able to upload things to the internet. This includes attaching files to an email, posting things to social media, storing files in a cloud storage system and more.
Because it uses the internet to route phone calls, VoIP can offer a multitude of services beyond that of standard phone service. For example, with HughesNet VoIP phone service, you receive many of these features standard. These include call waiting, caller ID, outbound caller ID, call forwarding, call block, simultaneous ring, enhanced voicemail (dial-in and email forwarded) and unlimited long-distance calls to the U.S. and Canada.
You may remember a time when long-distance phone calls were expensive, and you wouldn’t want to waste an extra minute if you didn’t have to. “Be quiet! I’m on the phone long distance!” is now a phrase of the past, since it no longer will cost extra to wait for the noise to pass.
HughesNet VoIP phone service allows you to make phone calls over your existing HughesNet satellite internet service, eliminating the need for a second service (and a second bill to worry about). During installation, the technician will install an analog telephone adapter to route phone calls from your home phone to be sent through the internet via your existing satellite modem and dish.
While we are making fewer and fewer actual phone calls these days, it’s still an effective way to communicate, and it’s not going away any time soon. As a convenient and cost-effective way to make phone calls, VoIP is here to stay. If you’re ready to try out this advanced and simple way to make phone calls from your own home, contact JDS Systems today.