Cisco Systems is the undisputed leader in the networking space, but HP has acquired 3Com in an effort to close the gap. In addition, Juniper Networks is a strong No. 2 to Cisco among telecommunication firms and enterprises. With video consumption set to explode, networking requirements will boom too.
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The LinkSys SPA941 has some excellent usability features and is also a very attractive VoIP phone, although these good looks come at a premium price.
The Aastra 9133i isn't the most visually appealing VoIP phone. However, it does have a lot of features and a large number of buttons providing easy access to those features.
This is a good value, no-frills, entry-level VoIP phone.
The Snom 300 is a comfortable, quite smart looking, entry-level VoIP phone, with well laid-out controls and a strong feature set.
The slightly unusual styling of the Polycom SoundPoint IP 301 is likely to polarise opinion. The use of soft keys makes menu navigation easy, although sometimes nested paths make it a bit tedious. Keypad buttons are a bit small.
GN Netcom releases first dual VoIP/telephony headset range in Australia.
Polycom's Skype-orientated Communicator has its uses, but is unlikely to have a general application where it adds real value compared to alternative solutions.
Based on Cisco’s enterprise VoIP technology, the Business Communications Solution is an interesting and reasonably affordable solution for small companies looking for integrated voice and data networking.
An incremental upgrade to the Atom, the Atom Exec is an incredibly feature-rich, well-designed smartphone.
We put four products head-to-head to make your choice easier.
While not a necessity, the DWL-G730AP is a highly convenient, inexpensive tool for frequent travellers.
If you're looking for an 802.11g router and want a simple life, the Belkin Wireless G Router with Built-In USB Print Server comes highly recommended.
iBurst is a superb wireless broadband solution that's highly useful for the mobile business user, but users who don't require portability will likely find its price to be a deal breaker.
More suited to the medium-sized business with lots of phone activity rather than the occasional call, the IP290 allows you to grow into it. It's a solid piece of kit that will need little, if any, training to use.
Although there's definitely room for improvement, the DU@Lphone performs its core task of marrying VoIP and landline calls through a DECT system very well.