Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 101

Written by Michael Lemm

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 101 Asrepparttar VPN market approaches maturity at a brisk pace, vendors have been forced to rethinkrepparttar 133346 tradition identity of their IP Security-based technology for letting users securely access enterprise resources viarepparttar 133347 Internet. Most large companies in need of linking their offices together have done so on frame relay networks. Although frame is still a useful product many users have found thatrepparttar 133348 reduced cost of VPN gives them an attractive alternative.

Duringrepparttar 133349 last 18-24 months, vendors have pushed VPN technology into different devices, have lessenedrepparttar 133350 distinction between VPN and firewall products, and have demonstrated a strong willingness to deviate from standardized technology to meet corporate remote access requirements. VPN services now come bundled with many dedicated services and several service providers are using VPN products as a loss leader so they can sell circuits. When investigatingrepparttar 133351 use of VPN products make sure you speak with a professional who can guide you throughrepparttar 133352 strengths as well asrepparttar 133353 weaknesses ofrepparttar 133354 product. While it is a cost reduced alternative to is a different product and should be thoroughly researched.

....VoIP Phone Advantages & Drawbacks....

Written by Michael Lemm

VoIP phone service providers offer many advantages torepparttar residential and small office/home office user. If you have a high speed internet connection then choosing a VoIP phone service might be right for you.

But before you run out & buyrepparttar 133345 1st thing you see....arm yourself with a little education 1st. The benefits must make sense to you or you are just followingrepparttar 133346 crowd.

Lower Monthly Fees

The price of a VoIP phone line is a fraction ofrepparttar 133347 cost of a traditional telephone line,repparttar 133348 long distance calls are much less expensive if they are made via a VoIP provider, and applicable taxes are far lower with VoIP phone service than with a traditional phone service. Some VoIP phone service providers offer a phone line for around $9 U.S. dollars per month and will charge you for calls you make atrepparttar 133349 rate of 1-3 cents per minute depending onrepparttar 133350 provider. Most VoIP phone providers offer a bundled service offering unlimited incoming calls and unlimited long distance calls to anyone inrepparttar 133351 U.S. or Canada for one small fee. VoIP unlimited calling plans currently start at $19.95 per month. As withrepparttar 133352 traditional long distance market trend...expect even this low cost to drop over time as technology and competition matures.

Lower Taxes

So far to date governments have taken a hands off approach when it comes to VoIP phone service providers. Sincerepparttar 133353 calls are being carried overrepparttar 133354 Internet, governments have not heavily taxed VoIP phone services. Right nowrepparttar 133355 only tax you can expect to see on your VoIP phone service provider's bill is a Federal Excise Tax, which is only 3% ofrepparttar 133356 cost ofrepparttar 133357 service. For example, if you were to choose a $19.95 unlimited calling plan,repparttar 133358 Federal Excise tax would be 3% of $19.95, or 60 cents. Your total bill would be $20.55. Compare that to your local telephone bill (go ahead and take a close look) and you will see you are spending quite a bit on taxes each month. Therefore, choosing a VoIP provider could add up to significant savings for you and your family.

Included Features

Most VoIP phone service providers offer features that are included, while most traditional phone companies charge an extra $20 to $30 per month for these. Most VoIP phone providers includerepparttar 133359 following features in their low monthly fee: Free voicemail, call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, call waiting ID, 3 way calling, speed dialing and much more.

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