Phone System Services -Brookfield, IL 60513
Whether you need a legacy phone system maintained, or an
entirely new communications system for multiple offices, Andromeda Technology Solutions
is the answer you have been looking for. As our expertise also includes complete
data network solutions,
you can rest assured that we can fully integrate a communications system that will best leverage your existing or
future IT infrastructure.
In many cases, your telephone system is the first thing
people will experience when dealing with your business.
• Does it show your company in a good light?
• Is it set up so your clients have a good experience?
• Does it help maximize employee productivity?
Let us show you how a phone system should be set up!
Experience the simplicity of having an experienced company to handle all aspects of your communication systems, letting you focus on running your business.
Contact us or fill out the Request form on this page now to ask us to contact you!
lives to serve organizations like yours near Brookfield, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
Hybrid PBX and IP-based Phone Systems
We support a host of major phone systems—from Avaya, NEC, Panasonic to Toshiba— and are a certified Panasonic dealer for both a traditional PBX system,
as well as a true IP-based VoIP system. The beauty of these systems lies in
their very extensive feature set (over 800 features) and their mix-and-match
capabilities. Each system can mix analog, digital and IP phone sets to match
almost any application. Also, each system has extensive functionality
built-in for incorporating branch offices, work-at-home employees and other
We spend a great deal of time understanding all your requirements, so we can select the system and functions that are exactly what you need.
The Phones Become the Network
If you are considering an IP-based telephone system, it is important to
understand these systems are more data systems than phone systems. Unlike a
traditional PBX system, a VoIP system puts a significant burden on your data
network, and requires specific equipment and configuration to ensure
everything is running properly.
Many traditional telephone service companies lack the skills to properly
install and maintain a VoIP system. Andromeda Technology Solutions excels in
all aspects of voice and data, and will ensure you get the system that is
right for you.
Whether Cloud-based, Hosted/virtual PBX, or completely on-premises, we have the knowledge AND experience to guide you and implement your voice communication system to perfection.
Replacement of Legacy Phone Systems
We have many years of experience upgrading/replacing legacy phones systems from: ComDial, Nortel, Toshiba/Mitel,
and Samsung just to name a few. If you would like to experience service from a truly
customer-focused organization, call us when you are ready to replace and upgrade your existing legacy telephone system.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Telephone system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
It costs money to make money.
It’s safe to say that you’ve heard this phrase somewhere – especially if you own or manage a business.
Rent . . . Employee Salaries . . . Utilities . . . Outsourced Services . . . Supplies . . . the list goes on and on and on.
With the cost of being in business steadily increasing, it is important to save where you can.
We speak with business owners about how technology can add value on a daily basis. We assist in improving uptime which increases productivity, we help business owners and managers secure their data so they can rest easier knowing they have proper protection in place.
We help business owners secure their physical locations with access control, security cameras and burglar systems.
We even help businesses increase revenues with professional website development and digital marketing strategies.
All of that said, there is still one area that we see business owners overspending on time and time again.
Care to guess what that might be? . . . if your phone bill came to mind you nailed it!
If you are like many other professionals, you want to take a good look at your phone bill but don’t know where to start. With that in mind we grabbed a few things to pay attention to and cost saving ideas that you’ll find below.
Tips and Tricks to Help From Overpaying on Your Business Phone Bill
Pay close attention to your contract dates
While there is a certain expected increase in services over time, all too often companies are being overcharged every month by their service provider because they are out of contract.
Service providers don’t want you on a month to month agreement. They want to know they have your business for extended periods of time.
On top of this, the end of your current contract is a great time to see what else is out there. Even if you stay with the incumbent provider, you’ll know that you are getting the best rate and may be able to get a deal for sticking around instead of jumping to the competition.
Take a look at how your phones are serviced
Getting your business “in the cloud” is a big topic these days. With many different cloud based applications and even cloud based hardware, it is no surprise that your phones also have cloud options.
There are many types of phone systems available to you and they are serviced differently which means that they have different costs associated as well.
While we won’t dive into too much granular detail, your main options for a phone system are on premise digital systems, on premise IP based systems and other cloud based systems or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems as they are commonly known.
At times, a VoIP system may offer a cheaper monthly expense but over time it may end up costing more than your traditional PBX or on premise solution.
We would recommend bringing in professional assistance before switching from an on premise system to a cloud based or VoIP system. There may be infrastructure costs or other back end costs associated with this switch you should be aware of before making the change.
Make sure all of the lines you pay for are in use
This may seem like a no brainer but as your organization grows and you have more phone lines in service, it is easy to forget that one or many might not be necessary.
The most common instances of these forgotten lines are dead extensions, fax lines or other dedicated office equipment lines and potentially even dedicated lines for security.
You obviously don’t want to disconnect these without investigating how it might impact things at the office – especially if the lines are dedicated to security.
We’d suggest having a professional technician come on site to test and document your lines if you believe you are paying for lines that aren’t being used.
Consider a PRI
A PRI is a Primary Rate Interface but the acronym is a commonly used term for phone bills and the telecommunications industry.
In a nutshell, a PRI is a circuit with a physical device on site that allows you to group multiple analog lines or DID (Direct Inward Dialing) numbers onto one circuit.
We’ve found that a PRI cuts down costs for companies with approximately 6 analog lines or more. Instead of paying a monthly fee for each of those lines, you pay a fee for the service to your PRI and an upfront cost for the hardware.
Of course, this doesn’t save you money in every instance but more often than not, using a PRI will cut your monthly bill a bit.
Check your bills regularly
There are many different reasons you want to check your phone bill every month.
Service providers may change rates, add fees or any other number of things and if you pay the phone bill without regard or even set it up on auto pay it may take months before you recognize the discrepancies.
The more comfortable you are with reading your phone bill, the more you will understand about the different fees and charges and the less likely you are to have random fees or charges go unnoticed.
When all is said and done, we suggest taking a deeper look into your phone bills about every 6 months. You can do this yourself or task an outsourced firm to do it. There are even brokers out there that you can contract to shop rates and ensure you get the best deal.
Andromeda is not in the business of providing your actual phone connection, but we are in the business of providing you with the best technology and customer service experience with your phone system.
With that in mind, if you ever have a question about something you aren’t sure about on your bills, our staff is more than welcome to help you out.
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VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol. Putting it plainly, this means that a VoIP phone system uses an internet connection to make and receive phone calls.
While on premises PBX phone systems are still a great option for many businesses, the option of a VoIP system can offer your business certain advantages.
Here are the 5 top advantages of a VoIP system for business telecommunications:
1 Excellent Call Quality – When you are placing a call or answering one you won’t be able to notice any difference in the quality from a traditional landline. As long as you have a constant internet connection and enough bandwidth to support call volumes, sound quality is exceptional.
2. Extra Features and Capabilities* – VoIP systems offer more flexible services at a better price. Here are some of the features your VoIP system can offer:
- Twinning – your desk phone and cell phone can be set to ring simultaneously
- Soft Phone option – you don’t even have to have a desk phone. Your VoIP calls can be made directly through a headset and your PC.
- Voicemail to Email/Text – have messages forwarded to your inbox or cellphone via text
- Teleconferencing – get your group together all on one call without adding more software
- Call recording – allows you to share recordings, or review
- Call logs – these can help with productivity, planning, etc.
*extras depend on individual plans and systems
3. Secure – Standard encryption protocols are used in VoIP systems. Be sure to discuss end-to-end encryption with your IT service team and telecom service group.
4. Portability – As long as you have internet access, you will be able to use your VoIP system. You will be able to make and receive calls from multiple devices. It also allows you to set a status to inform colleagues whether you are available to take calls.
5. Cost Effective – Operating costs for a VoIP system are less than for traditional phone companies. There is no separate network needed for data. Field workers can teleconference or video conference without traveling back to the office. They can also answer calls from almost anywhere. VoIP handsets are less expensive.
One thing your VoIP telecommunication system provider will discuss with you is having a reliable internet connection. This is an integral part of the entire system.
Andromeda offers many different options for business phone systems including VoIP. Give our telecommunication experts a call today to discuss which option would fit your business best.
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If you have one or more illegal copies of Apple software on your Mac, be aware that there's a new threat to be concerned about.
An info-stealing, data wiping malware strain known as ThiefQuest has been found embedded in torrents of illicit software written for macOS.
While ThiefQuest isn't as commonly seen as some other macOS malware like FileCoder, Patcher or KeRanger, it's still common enough to stay on the alert for. That's especially if you use any of the popular torrent sites to grab copies of your favorite software.
The malware strain was first spotted in the wild by Dinesh Devadoss, a security research for K7 Lab. It was analyzed by Thomas Reed, the Director of Mac and Mobile Services for Malwarebytes, legendary researcher Patrick Wardle, and Bleeping Computer's Lawrence Abrams.
Based on the findings of these researchers, here's what we know about ThiefQuest:
- It has some advanced anti-detection capabilities, including the ability to check to see if it's running on a virtual machine, and if so, it will terminate to avoid detection.
- It installs a keylogger and opens a reverse shell on the infected machine,
- It has the ability to check for some of the more commonly used security tools and antimalware solutions, including Kaspersky, Norton, McAffee, Bitdefender, Bullguard, DrWeb, and Avast)
"Armed with these capabilities, the attacker can maintain full control over an infected host" Patrick Wardle noted.
Curiously, ThiefQuest seems almost picky in terms of what files it encrypts. There doesn't appear to be a readily definable pattern, and this can cause a variety of issues on infected systems.
In any event, once it finishes encrypting whatever files it has selected, it will generate a text file named "READ_ME_NOW.txt" that includes ransom instructions. Victims are currently being asked to pay a $50 ransom in Bitcoin within 72 hours of the message being generated, which is a quite modest sum by modern ransomware standards.
Wardle and the other researchers note, however, that it could increase at any time. Beware of ThiefQuest. Although not the most dangerous malware strain out there, it's certainly a legitimate threat.