Phone Conference Equipment

Written by Charles Peacock
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Phone Conference Equipment has taken quite a few steps up in recent years, due to advances in networking, audio and video technologies. Let's take a look at some of the different phone conference equipment available in today's market. A thorough look at what's out there will help you make a better informed decision as to what your company should purchase.

Varieties of Phone Conference Equipment

The most basic phone conference equipment features the ability to combine several different phone lines into one conversation. With a multi-line telephone, you can connect to several different people, and then press a "conference call" button to connect the conversations together. This type of conferencing is also offered by phone companies, who can handle the switching on their end.

If you're looking for a more sophisticated phone conferencing solution, speaker phones are a good way to go. High-end conferencing speaker phones offer the ability to place the unit at the center of a large table, and have people all around the table participate in a conference call. This is no easy task--it takes an advanced level of audio processing and high quality speakers and microphones to produce echo-less conversations in situations like this.

Modern IP networks are taking conference calling into the future. Because they avoid the limitations of traditional analog phone lines, these networks make it possible to conference call with literally hundreds of participants. If you're working over a broadband IP network, it is also possible to incorporate video streams into your conference calls.

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