Wireless VoIP desk phones provide the familiarity of a desk phone with the convenience of wireless.
Wherever your Wi-Fi network reaches, you can get professional VoIP communications.
Why are so many businesses going wireless?
Convenience. You can set up a wireless phone anywhere in the office. How convenient is that?
Flexibility. You can move the phone without worrying about needing to run more cable.
Tidiness. Using a wireless phone means you won’t have cables running everywhere.
Cost savings. If you already have a Wi-Fi network set up, using a wireless phone means you can just use that network without spending anything on cabling.
Two considerations to keep in mind:
1) Ensure that your Wi-Fi network has sufficient coverage and bandwidth for VoIP. Voice communications are sensitive to blips in service, so you’ll need a stable network.
2) When you use Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet for connecting to the network, you can’t use PoE to power the phone, so you’ll need a power supply.
With those concerns out of the way, let’s take a look at how three leading manufacturers are addressing the market desire for wireless VoIP desk phones: Yealink, Poly (Polycom), and Grandstream.
Yealink Wireless IP Phones
Yealink provides two options for Wi-Fi connectivity with their popular VoIP phones: via native Wi-Fi and via Wi-Fi dongle.
Let’s start with native Wi-Fi.
The Yealink T5 Series of IP Phones features three models with built-in Wi-Fi radios:
- Yealink T53W Wireless IP Phone
- Yealink T54W Wireless IP Phone
- Yealink T57W Wireless IP Phone
Let’s take a closer look at Yealink T54W Wireless IP Phone.
Yealink SIP-T54W Wireless IP Phone
Yealink T54W is a cost-effective mid-range IP phone with several features that distinguish it.
Not only does it come with dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, but it also supports Bluetooth for use with wireless headsets.
The USB port supports headsets, so you can use a USB headset with the phone. Or you can record calls directly to a USB stick.
Sound quality is excellent with Optima HD technology. Acoustic Shield greatly improves background noise reduction by creating a virtual “shield” around the conversation.
The desk phone has a large 4.3” color display that is adjustable to allow you to position it how you will, reducing glare and neck strain.
The phone has 10 line keys and 4 soft keys. If you need more keys, you can connect up to three Yealink EXP50 Expansion Modules.
Yealink WF50 Wi-Fi Dongle
Yealink also makes the Yealink WF50 Wi-Fi Dongle.
This dongle enables dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi on compatible phones. A plug-and-play solution, all you need to do to use the dongle is to slot it into the phone, enter the standard Wi-Fi information, and the desk phone is now a wireless phone.
It supports professional wireless security, including WPA2 encryption.
Yealink WF50 is currently compatible with the following phones (with firmware version 84):
- Yealink T27G IP Phone
- Yealink T41S IP Phone
- Yealink T42S IP Phone
- Yealink T46S IP Phone
- Yealink T48S IP Phone
- Yealink T53 IP Phone
Poly VVX x50 IP Phones with Wi-Fi Dongle
The IP phones in Poly’s popular VVX x50 series do not natively support Wi-Fi, but don’t worry: Poly offers the Poly OBiWiFi5G Wi-Fi Dongle.
This plug-and-play USB adapter slots into a compatible Poly (Polycom) IP phone or ATA and gives it dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.
What VVX x50 phones are compatible with OBiWiFi5G?
- Poly VVX 250 IP Phone
- Poly VVX 350 IP Phone
- Poly VVX 450 IP Phone
Let’s take a closer look at Poly VVX 250 IP Phone.
Poly (Polycom) VVX 250 IP Phone
Poly VVX 250 is a highly reliable, everyday VoIP phone with incredibly sound quality: the most important part of any business phone.
HD Voice is legendary for being the best audio for business communications.
Acoustic Clarity means full-duplex conversations are clear as day using progressive noise reduction and echo cancellation.
The color LCD display makes VVX 250 a pleasure to operate, and the flat style of the phone makes it look classy on the desk, wherever you position it.
The phone has four line keys and four soft keys. The button-based interface is familiar, reducing learning time.
Grandstream GXP1760W Wireless IP Phone
Grandstream GXP1760W Wireless IP Phone offers native Wi-Fi support at an amazing price-point.
GXP1760W supports dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity using the built-in radio.
Get HD audio from the handset and full-duplex speakerphone. You can connect a wired headset using a dedicated RJ9 port that support Plantronics EHS headsets.
The phone has 6 line keys and 4 soft keys. The 3.3” display keeps the user focused and productive.
Secure the phone physically using the Kensington security slot and secure your communications using TLS and SRTP encryption.