What is a VoIP Router? A VoIP router,a.k.a. router with VoIP

(see What is VoIP?) is a hybrid networking device installed on the customer premise that provides advanced IP routing services combined with standard voice media gateway functions (see What is a VoIP Gateway?). Among the chief advantages is the ability to manage intra-company dialing plans, including PSTN breakout for long-distance toll bypass between branch offices. Additional IP routing features may also be provided, including access control list (ACL) and payload encryption using such networking protocols as VoIP-VPN IPsec or TLS/SRTP.

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Analog Router + eSBC with 2, 4 or 8 FXS/FXO ports

SmartNode 4520 - Analog VoIP Router with 2-8 FXS/FXO ports. VoIP routers or router with VoIP + eSBC
SmartNode 5540
The SmartNode 5540, is a cost effective router + eSBC with integrated Broadband access and up to 8 FXS/FXO ports supporting a high level of VoIP and network security. It is capable of doing up to 200 SIP to SIP calls whereof max. 4 can be transcoded. Built-in QoS functionalities and support of G.722 high definition codec ensure excellent VoIP call quality.

Analog High Density Gateway with 16 to 128 FXS ports

SmartNode 4740 - Analog VoIP Router with 12-32 FXS/FXO ports. VoIP routers or router-with-VoIP  + analog ports
SmartNode 4740
Covering analog port densities of 16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 72, 96, and 128, the SN4740 series can connect analog telephony equipment to SIP-based communication systems for just about any application, hotels, resorts, campus, and sprawling industrial facilities.

Router + eSBC with 2 to 8 BRI ports

SmartNode 4630 - BRI So Digital VoIP Router. Series of VoIP routers or router-with-VoIP with 3 or 5 BRI ports
SmartNode 5530
The cost-effective SmartNode 5530 Series eSBC & IAD provides 2, 4 or 8 BRIs with secure TLS and SRTP encryption. The SN5530 guarantees excellent voice quality with transcoding for up to 8 SIP-to-SIP calls, QoS, and high-definition G.722 codec support.

Enterprise PRI/T1/E1 ISDN VoIP Router

SmartNode 4980A - Enterprise PRI/T1/E1 ISDN VoIP Routers
SmartNode 4980A
IP-enable legacy PBX systems with the SmartNode 4980 PRI VoIP Router. Supports up to 120 concurrent VoIP calls. This VoIP Gateway with built-in IP Router connects any PBX system with advanced IP telephony services and the PSTN.

Teach Me: More about VoIP Routers?

Over and against a simple VoIP gateway, another benefit with a VoIP router is this: the device can provide PSTN fallback with voice-and-data survivability for business continuity in the event of an Internet or IP network failure. While most networks today employ session initiation protocol (SIP) for voice encoding, the earlier standard, H.323 is still in use. The best high-quality products are able to support both protocols, both of which are encapsulated in the data payload of the real-time protocol (RTP) protocol data unit (PDU). Another benefit is the capability to provide quality of service (QoS) mechanisms, especially in the downstream path. For details on this feature, see Addressing QoS Beyond the Provider Network.

Typical Applications
VoIP router devices can be used to address many different challenges when implementing an IP-based voice system. Two of the most common use cases are described below.

LAN/WAN QoS & Router The SmartNode VoIP Router is a high-quality, enterprise-class solution that offers All-IP network access with QoS voice and wire-speed traffic shaping. Providing dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, the SmartNode device connects your phones and computer hosts to your LAN with VLAN tagging, DHCP server/client, and firewall/ACL services. Employing PPPoE and IPSEC VPN with DES, 3DES, and AES strong encryption, the SmartNode carries all your voice and data streams to the WAN over a single, secure network connection.

Local PSTN + Packet Voice
Using Patton's SmartNode VoIP gateway routers with FXS & FXO ports provides seamless access to remote packet-voice and local PSTN telephony. Using powerful call-switching technology, distinctive ring, and caller-ID, a single handset can reach the right phone service at any time. With Patton's ClearConnect™ fail-over protection your phone call is sure to be completed. Network health-monitoring and IP telephony switching ensures a clear call-even if the IP network is down.

Related Terminology
Short Glossary of Related Acronyms
VoIP - Voice over IP
SIP - Session Initiation Protocol
IP - Internet Protocol
TDM - Time Division Multiplexing
PRI - Primary Rate Interface
ISDN - Integrated Services Digital Network
PSTN - Public Switched Telephone Network
ITSP - Internet Telephony Service Provider
SRTP - Secure Real-time Transport Protocol
TLS - Transport Layer Security
PDU - Protocol Data Unit
RTP - Real time Protocol
LAN - Local Area Network
WAN - Wide Area Network
QoS - Quality of Service


Help Me: Technical Help

Patton offers an extensive online library of technical information to help you get your SmartNode solution and running fast. Patton's web-based FAQs, configuration notes, and application notes provide the detailed knowledge you need to install, configure, troubleshoot and maintain your Patton SmartNode products. And these helpful resources are all free right here on www.patton.com. Patton stands behind our high-quality SmartNode, products-world-renowned for set-it-forget-it reliability and stability-with live email and phone support plus lifetime downloadable software updates absolutely free of charge.
Analog VoIP Routers
SmartNode, SN4400
IpChannelBank Analog VoIP Router | 12 to 32 FXS or FXO ports
SmartNode, SN4520
Analog VoIP Gateway-Router | 2 to 8 ports for up to 8 simultaneous phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN5540
eSBC + Router | 2, 4 or 8 analog ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN5550
eSBC + Router | 2FXS/2S0 or 4FXS/4S0 ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
BRI VoIP Routers
SmartNode, SN5530
eSBC + Router | 2 to 8 BRI ports for up to 16 simultaneous phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN5550
eSBC + Router | 2FXS/2S0 or 4FXS/4S0 ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
T1/E1/PRI VoIP Routers
SmartNode, SN4980A
PRI VoIP Gateway-Router | 1 or 4 T1/E1/PRI interface for up to 120 simultaneous phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN5570
eSBC + Router | 1 or 2 T1/E1/PRI interface for up to 30 simultaneous phone or fax calls
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