Phone System Services -Harvey, IL 60426
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.
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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:
When we discuss security at your office and safety, often times that points to a discussion about professional access control, security camera systems, burglar alarms and integrated security solutions. But, your professional telephone system plays a very important role in the safety of your office and your employees. Accidents and incidents happen and one of the first things any person says or does in an emergency is call 9-1-1.
There are important functions and settings within your telephone system for emergencies and some of these settings are now mandated by federal law.
In February of 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 582 (commonly referred to as Kari’s Law), which requires that all multi-line phone systems allow for a direct dial of 9-1-1.
This means that instead of dialing an 8 or a 9 first like your system may require for typical outbound calls, an employee or guest at your business must be able to pick up a phone, dial 9-1-1 and be connected.
Additionally, your phone system “must be configured to notify a designated central point of contact when someone initiates a call to 9-1-1 using the system”. So, your system must notify a specific person with the location of the call when a 9-1-1 call is made. This way your designated contact can communicate with emergency responders and let them know where help is needed at your building, campus or complex.
The law has certain implications for the VoIP market, as many cloud based or hosted VoIP phone systems haven’t been approved for 9-1-1 dialing to begin with because some VoIP solutions aren’t capable of alerting emergency dispatchers to the location of the caller.
Kari’s Law will make the sale, lease and/or installation of phone systems without required functionality illegal after February 16, 2020 so you can anticipate manufacturers and telecom professionals to adapt their solutions accordingly.
So . . . what does this mean for your business and your existing system?
What do you need to do to make sure you are compliant with Kari’s Law?
First, check with the company who services your system. Ask them if the solution at your business is configured to dial 9-1-1 without requiring a prefix.
Second, make sure that you have your system configured to alert a designated contact in the event of an emergency. It may make sense for that contact to be your reception staff but if that is not the case, be sure to discuss this internally and let your telecom vendor know who you’d like to be alerted. Then, make sure your system is configured to do so.
Additionally, this is a great opportunity to review your company emergency response protocols. Do all of your employees know what to do in the event of an emergency? A building evacuation? A lock down?
Andromeda is here to assist you with set up and configuration of your phone system. We should also mention that our VoIP solutions are compliant with this new law and offer all required functionality.
So – if you have any questions, give our team a call at (815) 836 – 0030 or send us an email at Contact@WeNetwork.com and we will get them answered. If you’re looking into a phone system, please make sure to ask potential vendors if their solution is compliant as well.
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There is a whole lot of hype and buzz around VoIP Phone Systems (Voice over Internet Protocol). This solution differs from its main competition (digital on-premises PBX) in a few ways but the main difference is the source of service.
While digital systems pass information over traditional analog or POTS lines, an IP or VoIP system uses your internet to transmit data and make phone calls.
When it comes to VoIP there are both on-premises options and cloud based options. On-premises VoIP solutions are often hybrids that offer the advantages of IP solutions and digital solutions in one.
Hosted or Cloud based VoIP systems have no “head end” hardware in your office. That hardware is hosted in the cloud along with all of the programming and interface for your system. You simply have handsets in your office that plug into computers and use the magic of the internet/the cloud to make and receive calls.
Many business owners and decision makers are attracted to the versatility, hardware cost and high tech features of hosted VoIP options.
With that in mind, implementing hosted VoIP sounds like a no brainer but it is important to consider certain requirements and factors before making the switch.
5 Things You Must Consider Before Installing a Hosted VoIP Phone System At Your Office
1. Is your internet steady enough and robust enough to handle the added demand of a phone system?
An internet outage is one of the most frustrating things isn’t it? Unless you have a failover it slows down productivity, prevents you from using certain programs and if you are in the cloud you can’t do anything at all.
Cloud based solutions require an internet connection to operate. That is true for cloud based software and it’s also true for a hosted VoIP solution. The issue doesn’t stop at a complete outage though. Any disruption of service will impact the quality of your phone calls. You may experience poor reception or you might drop calls completely if your internet connection isn’t steady and strong.
So, what do you do about that? For starters you can implement a failover. This failover service will take over if your main provider goes down allowing you to keep moving in the event of an outage.
Additionally, you should consult with your internet service provider to ensure that your bandwidth can handle your typical call volume. If you don’t have proper bandwidth, your internet won’t be able to keep up with your system and you won’t be happy with the quality of your service.
2. Is your network infrastructure compatible with a VoIP solution?
Every business has their own specific requirements when it comes to network infrastructure and a hosted VoIP solution but there are some standards you can look for right away.
In regards to your cabling – industry standards now recommend at least Cat6 wiring. Andromeda suggest a minimum of Cat6e cable to support all IP solutions.
You will also want to connect your IT partner with your VoIP provider to make sure any other requirements are met.
Some of those might include:
- Quality of Service Routers/Switches
- Optimized Network
- Backup Power Source
- Redundant POE Switching
- Gigabyte Network Support
As mentioned before, hosted VoIP can be a much more cost efficient choice when it comes to the actual system hardware (basically just the phones), but there are many instances where the infrastructure updates needed are just too hefty.
3. Do you own the equipment? If not, who does?
It is important to look into who actually owns the equipment when you purchase a hosted VoIP solution. Many times, your purchase is part of a leasing program where you pay a small fee every month to ‘rent’ the phones.
This is most common with hosted solutions and far less common with on-premises solutions.
It may not look like a lot of money at first but over time it adds up.
For example – in a typical three year contract, your handset costs might start at approximately $15.00 per month (this is just the cost of the equipment – not service). If your office has 20 handsets that means you are spending $3600 annually and almost $11,000 across the lifetime of your contract on equipment you don’t even own. Not to mention the monthly service charges and taxes involved.
These costs only increase when you add in higher quality phones and special features.
4. Have you looked into the tax rates applied to VoIP services in your area?
“Taxes, surcharges and fees apply” – Cryptic right?
Statements like this are used often when VoIP vendors pitch their solutions and too often, business owners aren’t made aware of the taxes required for their VoIP solution on top of the basic equipment and service fees.
Each state and region has their own tax codes and it is not unheard of for these taxes, surcharges and fees to reach hundreds and hundreds of dollars a month.
All of a sudden that cost savings you were anticipating is chewed up and spit out by these hidden fees.
The worst part is many national VoIP providers don’t even give you the hard numbers when they deliver their proposal. Imagine opening your first bill, expecting to see a $600 total and finding that you owe $900! Now multiply that out over the course of your contract and you get the picture.
For Illinois specifically you can learn more about VoIP specific taxes here.
5. Have you looked into who will support your phone system if there are programming or equipment issues?
With a hosted solution, you don’t have the head end equipment in your office. There isn’t a box or piece of hardware that a technician can come work on when things go wrong. Instead, there is cloud hosted software that connects to the handsets plugged into your computers.
If there is an issue and you can’t seem to get things resolved, it is highly unlikely that your VoIP provider has technicians available to come visit your office. At that point, you are stuck calling around and googling to try and find a company to come work on your phones.
It is not safe to assume that the same people who handle your IT will know how to help you with your hosted solution. They may not be trained on the software and they may also have no knowledge of the phones themselves.
Hosted VoIP enters into a gray area where there are IT and Telecom pieces at play.
Before you sign up and install a hosted solution, you should figure out who will be able to service you in a pinch.
Your phone system is one of the most important communication tools you’ve got. There are many different options out there and hopefully this list of questions will better prepare you for a hosted VoIP system if that is the solution you choose.
Andromeda helps businesses select professional phone systems in many varieties every day. Give us a call and let us help you determine which solution is right for your needs.
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Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs and their long-awaited "Apple Card" begins rolling out in limited fashion. The card becomes available to all iPhone owners in the United States toward the end of August.
According to CEO Tim Cook, a random selection of people who signed up to be notified about the Apple Card are getting an early-access sneak peek.
However, the company has been tight-lipped about exactly how many people are being invited into the preview group.
If you're one of the lucky winners, know that the sign-up process will involve upgrading to iOS 12.4 and entering your address, your birthday, income level and the last four digits of your Social Security number.� That information is sent on to Goldman Sachs, which will approve or deny your credit application in real time and in under a minute.
Note that part of the approval process also involves a TransUnion credit check, so if you have that information locked, you'll need to unlock it (at least long enough to get approval).
Once you've been approved, your card will show up in your Apple Wallet immediately and be available for use.� If you want one, you can request a physical card from Apple for free during the setup and it will arrive in the mail in a few days.
The cool thing about the physical card is the fact that it has an NFC tag on it, so you can activate it simply by tapping the phone against it.
Also note that you'll have three different credit card numbers associated with your Apple Card:
- The number assigned to your phone
- The number assigned to the physical card
- A virtual number you can access in the app for online purchases where the vendor doesn't accept Apple Pay.
Also note that unlike the other credit cards in your wallet, this one has no expiration date or security code. You can lock the card at any time from the app, though.� Welcome to Apple's Brave New World!