Articles by Mark A. Miller 

Softswitches�Part III: The Media Gateway Controller

Core of the Call Control and Signaling plane, the MGC is responsible for setting up and dismantling the end-to-end network connections necessary to support phone calls.

Softswitches�Part II: Functional planes of the softswitch architecture

To aid in standardizing the design of software switching equipment, the International Packet Communications Consortium has devised a schema that describes the entire complex functionality.

Softswitches�Part I: Getting there from here

The softswitch--in essence, a complex piece of software running on a computer--replaces generations of electro-mechanical equipment. It also brings its own idiosyncracies.

Voice Codecs: the tale of the Secret Decoder Ring

Codecs—which convert your voice's analog vibrations to digital signals—balance sound quality with bandwidth usage. Be sure to pick the right one(s).

Get the Latest Scoop with Networking Update Newsletter