Working from home is becoming a great way to cut down on travel time, stress, fuel costs and is becoming a major employee benefit. Implementing work from home technology is easier then ever. Microsoft's Windows XP already includes a program for remote access to your office PC. The other key component is the office phone. Being able to work transparently is essential to your working from home. But adding this component is easy. First you need high speed internet access in the form of DSL or cable.
The next thing you will want to explore is adding either a VOIP enabled phone system or adding VOIP to your existing phone system. VOIP technology allows you to harness the features and benefits of your company's phone system remotely. Dialing from your office's phone lines, having calls transferred, checking voice mail, intercom and conference calling are all typical system features needed to work successfully from home.
VOIP enabled phone systems offer the most flexibility. Pure IP based phone sets can be taken from office to home office providing the same functionality whether you're providing customer service, sales support or happen to be the operator. A Softphone is essentially software that can be loaded on to laptops to provide a mobile IP phone solution. Add a wireless card and connect to your office from any Starbucks or other wireless hot spot. From a USB headset you can connect to the office and intercom , page dial out, transfer and receive calls all while sipping your Grande Latte. Do you have a road warrior in your office? Check out Avaya's affordable IP Office System that delivers powerful phone system features from two phones to 360 phones.
If you have an existing phone system you can also easily and affordably add VOIP. There are two solutions that are very unique. One solution (MCK) allows connectivity of proprietary digital sets, the other solution (Multitech) allows you to use any analog phone or allows you to connect two or more office phone systems to allow transparency to outside callers.
MCK provides a great solution for Avaya and Nortel phone system users. MCK provides a device that enables a company to use proprietary phone sets such as the Avaya Magix or Definity 8400 series phones. The MCK solutions are great for both the home office or branch office. One phone to twenty-four phones can be connected to digital phone ports off the main company system to the remote location for seamless VOIP connectivity. It's like having a really long phone cord from one office to another except the phone cord is the public internet.
If you are looking for VOIP on the cheap, check out Multitech's VOIP Voice and Fax Gateways. If you have an Avaya Definity, Merlin Magix, Partner, Merlin Legend or any other phone system, you can add VOIP functionality to your existing phone system while protecting the investments you’ve already made. Connect remote offices and home offices to your phone system. Our Voice over IP gateways integrate voice and fax communications to allow remote offices connectivity to your phone system. Allow remote offices to bypass toll expenses by using the internet to transfer calls and intercom each other. Work from home with Multitech and use the features of your office system. Dial 9 to make a call, have calls transferred to you seamlessly, intercom and page just like you were in the office.
There are hundreds of reasons to enable workers to work from home including, working mothers, executives needing more perks, transit strikes, or the threat of the Avian Flu pandemic.
If you're thinking about VOIP you are not alone. VOIP is one of the hottest technologies available. We can show you how your company can take advantage of voice over internet protocol.
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