The pandemic situation has changed our priorities. We used to let go of all the opportunities of getting a landline phone with our internet and cable TV plans. However, with the work from home situation, we need it more than ever before. As a result, more and more users are using VoIP services during the COVID-19 situation. Not to our surprise, the chaotic home networks can greatly influence the call quality and many of us have no clue whatsoever to fix the situation.
The new generation of VoIP phones has demonstrated many benefits over a while. This makes them the ultimate solution for people running their businesses directly from their homes. These landline phones have lower calling rates with smart software components ideal for any household.
However, the core judging standard will be the quality of voice. Is the call quality better than your previous landline phone? If there are dropped calls and your conversation is garbled, then all these features amount to nothing. Still, you can improve the quality of landline. We came up with a comprehensive guide to explain to you all the ways to improve the quality of your landline. Here is what you should do:
Reduce your bandwidth
This goes for all the home users that have subscribed to the VoIP phone service over the last couple of months. All our home networks are centered around a single router that manages all the traffic running on our network. Bandwidth becomes an important issue as an increasing number of people use the service simultaneously. If there is a lot of traffic running over your network, with the landline working at the same time, you will experience packet collision, many network hiccups, and jitter. This will influence the quality of your calls.
The simple solution is by confining your internet usage to the important tasks while the service is in use. People who live alone might not face this issue but for families having multiple people streaming, gaming, or downloading at a particular time can have trouble reducing the bandwidth. For these households, the best possible solution is to sign up for an internet package that has a great download speed.
Get better equipment
If you want to improve the quality of the landline, you need better equipment. Many providers solve this issue by providing state-of-the-art equipment. For example, Spectrum does not charge customers a monthly rent for the modem. The modem is DOCSIS 3.0 and provides crystal clear voice quality on a VoIP phone.
The phones may produce interference due to their higher frequency. The typical VoIP phone in your home runs at 2.4 GHz. However, this is not the fixed standard. There are many phones available in the market with a frequency close to 5.8 GHz. Although the 2.4 GHz might give you a longer range, the rate of data transfer is slower. Conversely, the 5.8 GHz has less coverage but the data flow is faster. In case of any interference, check the frequency on which your landline phone is running. If by-default you have a 5.8 GHz phone then switch to the 2.4 GHz phone.
You can also tweak the settings directly from the modem to which the landline is connected. These Wi-Fi routers have the settings to run in 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band. You can choose the optimal settings required for your landline. If you have any confusion, you can call the service provider and ask for a technician. The technician will guide you accordingly.
Invest in a Quality headset
The headset is another important factor required to increase the quality of your home phone. If you have a cheaper handset with poorly insulated cables, your audio quality is likely to suffer. Therefore, always choose a better headset with a well-insulated, short cord and replace it when broken. Moreover, the new home phones let you connect your wireless headsets as well through Bluetooth. The only problem with this Wireless connection is that you may face distortion in the presence of other wireless devices. Therefore, choosing the right equipment and software, you can make the best out of your home phone.
Choose your provider after research
Getting internet, cable, and the phone is a one-time decision and you cannot replace them after every month. While signing up for the plans, the provider would likely bind you to a service term agreement. These contracts can usually last up to two years. If you choose to cancel the services before the end of the service term, you will be charged an ETF (Early Termination Fee). This fee varies among providers.
Therefore, when you sign up for an internet and landline phone service, make sure you check the reviews. The best way is to contact family, friends, even neighbors. The people with relevant experience will be able to give you insight. Many providers give you a money-back guarantee as well. For example, you will get a 30 days money-back guarantee with Spectrum home phone service.
Install a DECT Phone
All Voice over IP (VoIP) phones are connected through an Ethernet cable. However, in case you are sitting away from your computer or laptop, you have to use your mobile phone to take the calls. This kills the purpose of a home phone as you are still dependent on the mobile phone to make work calls. However, there is a quick solution to this problem. Instead of using Wi-Fi on your smartphone to make calls, you can get a DECT phone. DECT stands for (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) phone. This is among the most advanced home phones accessible in the market. It has its own radiofrequency. As a result, the distortion or interference from all other devices operating in the area is reduced and you hear crystal clear voice.
With the work from the home situation in this lockdown, it is high time to invest in a home phone. These new generation phones come with plenty of interesting features with HD audio quality. You will never face dropped calls and all of this will be at an affordable price range.