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NETGEAR fits VoIP to Manning Shoes

  • 21 February, 2006 09:48

<p>Manning Shoes, a New South Wales-based retail chain, has implemented a new NETGEAR Voice over IP (VoIP) network to improve communications and reduce call costs between stores.</p>
<p>Manning Shoes has five mid north coast stores located in Taree, Forster and Port Macquarie. Employing up to 40 staff throughout the year, the retailer was looking for a way to more efficiently and effectively communicate between the various sites. When the business needed to implement broadband at its satellite locations for data communication, it made the decision to incorporate VoIP at the same time.</p>
<p>“Once we had a good understanding of the way the VoIP system worked and felt we could trust the reliability of the VoIP phone, we really embraced the technology,” said Malcom Saad, Managing Director, Manning Shoes. “A lot of businesses simply aren’t aware of the benefits it can offer but our experience has shown it to be a reliable and easy-to-use solution which has really helped us in the way we run the business.”</p>
<p>The new network is based on NETGEAR’s TA612V Broadband Voice Adaptor bundled with the Ace Communications voice service. It also includes a selection of DG834G Wireless ADSL Firewall Routers that deliver untethered, protected network connectivity. Using the VoIP network, staff are able to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analogue) phone line, saving money on phone calls. They can also benefit from a range of call features and services usually not available with traditional phones, including voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and three-way conference calls.</p>
<p>“VoIP has provided us with an additional and cost effective channel of communication, allowing us to converse regularly across the network between the stores,” said Saad. “The deployment has not just reduced our telephone bills, but has made staff and management more aware of call costs without actually pointing the finger at any one person.”</p>
<p>As a long-term customer, Manning Shoes has used a range of NETGEAR modems and network hubs over the past 15 years, originally being introduced to the company by Coastal Computer Solutions.</p>
<p>“We find NETGEAR products extremely straightforward to set up and use and this case has been no exception,” Saad said. “Our existing relationship with NETGEAR and its expertise in the networking area made our decision an easy one when we began going down the VoIP path.”</p>
<p>About NETGEAR</p>
<p>NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of businesses and home users. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, NETGEAR’s suite of approximately 100 products enables users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. For more information, visit the company's website at www.netgear.com.au or call 02 8448 2072.</p>
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