VoIP Solutions Key Terms

Business.com / Business Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

VoIP solutions are those which address issues and concerns with relation to the Voice over Internet Protocol industry and technologies. ...

VoIP solutions are those which address issues and concerns with relation to the Voice over Internet Protocol industry and technologies. The most common VoIP solutions are generally based in transmission technologies. Due to the popularity of such audio technologies for personal and professional use, businesses and individuals may find it beneficial to familiarize themselves with some of the basic key terms that are used in the world of VoIP and VoIP solutions.

Session initiation protocol (SIP)

Session initiation protocol is the full written version of the acronym, SIP. It is one of the less complex IP telephony protocol options available to those who are interested in such technological capabilities.


VoIP technologies employ compressor-decompressor processes. Such processes are also referred to as the encoder-decoder processes, from which the term codec comes. Codecs assist in converting or transforming streams of data. With a successful codec package in place, VoIP technologies can easily transmit information. A problem with the codec is that it can be very detrimental to VoIP capabilities.


In some instances, VoIP technologies will experience a momentary fluctuation when it comes to the technology's transmission signal. This is referred to as a jitter. In most instances, it is temporary and occurs when information is transmitted ahead or behind schedule. Some causes for jitters include abrupt variations in the technology's signal characteristics.

Asynchronous communication

When a clock signal is not used for synchronization, the data communications method is referred to as an asynchronous communication process. Each character of information in asynchronous communications is transmitted with a start and stop bit. These bits note both the start and the ending points of the information.

Real time

Real time communication, also known as synchronous communication, is ideal when it comes to VoIP communications. Most businesses are interested in VoIP technologies where there are real time abilities put in place. This is because the delays that occur between the receiver and the sender are minimal. If a business has invested in a VoIP technology that is supposed to offer real time capabilities, but does not, VoIP solutions can assist in the matter.


Units of data that are transmitted over networks, such as VoIP systems, are known as packets. A packet is made up of a header, data area, information and trailer. The trailer is designed to contain information that prevents errors during transmission. Problems with a packet can lead to errors during transmission.

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