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Network Solutions Unlimited has been serving the Decatur area since 2013, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Using Digital Signs

Tip of the Week: Using Digital Signs

If you walk into any office out there, chances are you’ll see signs on the wall indicating who is located where, as well as those that identify points of interest that visitors might need. With digital technology taking over many aspects of the office, it was a given that it would eventually impact signage. If it’s used right, digital signage can highlight important parts of your office and encourage employees to give it their all during the workday.

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None of VoIP’s Issues Are Enough to Prevent You from Using It

None of VoIP’s Issues Are Enough to Prevent You from Using It

Voice over Internet Protocol (or VoIP) solutions were made to give organizations another means of utilizing a service that they were already paying for - their Internet connection. Of course, like any solution, VoIP can have its disadvantages, it is just that most of these disadvantages hinge only around the lack of a strong and reliable bandwidth connection.

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See a Major Communications Boost Cloud-Hosted VoIP

See a Major Communications Boost Cloud-Hosted VoIP

Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP, has grown more popular with businesses in recent years, and it’s hard not to see why. The sheer amount of benefits that it provides to businesses--small organizations in particular--make your traditional telephone system look outdated and inefficient. We’ll discuss some of the greatest benefits today.

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3 Ways VoIP Can Enhance Your Employees’ Collaboration: Here’s How

3 Ways VoIP Can Enhance Your Employees’ Collaboration: Here’s How

It’s not every day that you encounter a business technology solution that’s capable of connecting all of your employees together in a quick and easy way. Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, is a great way for your business’ employees to collaborate, both in and out of the office. We’ll go into three reasons why your business should invest in VoIP now to further improve operations and efficiency regarding employee collaboration.

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Tip of the Week: Canned Responses can Streamline Communications

Tip of the Week: Canned Responses can Streamline Communications

Email is a crucial part of normal business operations, but while email can provide a great medium for communication, sometimes you don’t have time to respond to every single message in a sincere and meaningful way. This is where Gmail’s canned responses come in. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over how you can set up your very own canned responses so that you can cut down on wasted time during your repetitive email communications.

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Could VoIP Improve These Points For You?

Could VoIP Improve These Points For You?

Traditional telephone lines were once extremely important for your business’s success. You had to have dedicated phone lines in your office running to each and every desk so that each of your employees had access to a phone when they needed it. Nowadays, however, virtual telephone systems have become popular with businesses of all size. How does this new way of handling your business’s communications hold up compared to the more traditional model?

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3 Reasons Why Businesses are Flocking to VoIP Phone Systems

3 Reasons Why Businesses are Flocking to VoIP Phone Systems

Telephone solutions have long been a part of the business environment, but it’s not always a simple process to implement, as no two organizations are the same. How many users do you have? How many telephone units do you need? How many wires will you need to run through your office? These questions, and more, make it much more appealing to consider a digital voice telephony system for your business’s needs.

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3 Ways a VoIP Phone System Can Improve Flexibility

3 Ways a VoIP Phone System Can Improve Flexibility

Flexibility might be one of the biggest reasons to use a VoIP solution, but why should this matter so much to an SMB? We’ll discuss some of the reasons why flexibility is such a huge factor to consider in any technology solution, particularly VoIP. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) takes your Internet connection and uses it to send your voice to a recipient, rather than through the use of a traditional telephone line. Here are three ways that your business can leverage a VoIP solution.


VoIP Allows for Business Growth
When your business is growing, your telephone system needs to be able to grow alongside it. This is where VoIP comes in. When you create your VoIP infrastructure, you will likely have a specific number of users and devices in mind. This helps you get an understanding of what kind of bandwidth and network traffic you can expect. Unlike a traditional telephone system, which requires new handsets and wiring in order to expand, VoIP makes it easy to add new users and devices to your communications infrastructure. VoIP uses your Internet connection, so as long as you work with your ISP to get the service you need, you’ll be ready to tackle VoIP’s growing pains.

VoIP is More Dynamic
How does the flexibility of VoIP allow your organization to perform while out of the office? The simple answer is that VoIP can be used on most devices, be it a smartphone, laptop, or desktop. This means that you can take the VoIP phone on the go, unlike that handheld system that sits on your desk all day. Furthermore, since your work phone can be available on your smartphone, there is no advanced call forwarding required. All you have to do is download the application onto your device and you’re all set. You can turn the phone on and off as needed, allowing you to keep your work and home lives largely separate.

VoIP Offers More Features
Your traditional telephone system might offer all of the basics, but does it have instant messaging capabilities? Does it support real-time video chat and conference calling? VoIP takes the advantage here by being such a versatile solution filled to the brim with features that can be leveraged for effective onsite and offsite communication. VoIP comes with most, if not all, of the features that you know and love from your traditional telephone provider. Additionally, you’ll never have to pay for features that you don’t want. Telephone providers bundle services together, so while you may enjoy getting a television package with your phone system, you don’t necessarily have to get it in order to communicate with your team.

To learn more about VoIP and what it can do for your business, reach out to us at 217-428-6449.

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3 Compelling Reasons to Cut Your Traditional Phone Line

3 Compelling Reasons to Cut Your Traditional Phone Line

The traditional telephone system has been a staple in the office for decades. However, your typical landline telephone system hasn’t aged well, and has been left relatively useless in the wake of better, more flexible solutions, that are designed to save your business money. Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, is a great tool that can be used to improve your business’s ability to grow.


Instead of using telephone lines to send and receive calls, VoIP takes advantage of your Internet connection to transfer your voice. Most businesses already have an Internet connection in their office, so it makes more sense to cut costs and eliminate telephony expenses, when they’re not something that you explicitly need.

Differences Between VoIP and Traditional Telephony
If your business doesn’t already utilize VoIP, it should, especially considering the fact that you can significantly cut down on operational costs. Here are some of the main advantages that you can expect to receive from a comprehensive VoIP solution, and how it can improve operations:

  • Additional features: A traditional telephone system may support services like caller ID, user blocking, call forwarding, and conference calling, but VoIP provides other services that are designed to improve collaboration. Unlike the traditional phone, VoIP can be both a hardware or software solution, allowing your users to either call on a physical phone component, or a software-based VoIP app that can be accessed on your device, be it desktop, laptop, or smartphone. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can use your work phone number from anywhere. Some VoIP solutions even offer video conferencing, which allows for instantaneous “face-to-face” communication.
  • Decreased costs: Paying for both a landline telephone and an Internet connection is just silly. Landlines are often bundled with other services that you may not want or need, which can put unnecessary strain on your budget. If you use VoIP, you’re basically using something that you already have: your Internet connection. This helps to minimize costs, especially for long distance calls.
  • Flexibility: Is your business growing? Are you adding new users left and right? Traditional phone lines take a huge amount of work to set up, especially if your workforce is growing quickly. Besides, adding new phone lines can often mean a major remodeling project, which is expensive and unnecessary. With VoIP, you don’t have any of these problems. All you need is an Internet connection, and the necessary bandwidth to sustain the traffic.

If your business needs a solid new communications solution, VoIP can be a valuable asset that can save you money and headaches in the long run. To learn more, give us a call at 217-428-6449.

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3 VoIP Features to Improve How Your Business Communicates

3 VoIP Features to Improve How Your Business Communicates

Once upon a time, in a long lost era known as the 1990s, traditional phone systems ran rampant throughout the workplace environment. In-house workers were limited to using landline telephones to make outbound calls on a limited number of phone lines. Nowadays, thanks to the advent of the Internet, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is making leaps and bounds in the business environment, allowing for greater flexibility and functionality for a fraction of the cost.

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