The Quick Start Guide to VOIP for the Home, Home Office, and Small Business

Testing Your Broadband Connection

Before you can sign on to a VOIP service or plan, make sure that your broadband connection is up to snuff.

Voice Over IP (VOIP) needs a certain amount of bandwidth to be usable. Bandwidth is the amount of digital data that can be transmitted in a certain time period.

In general, an upload speed of 88 Kbps is recommended, although the VOIP service provider of your choice will have their own requirements.

You can test your broadband Internet connection (provided through a cable or DSL service) using the following free web tools:

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