What’s the Difference Between Voip and Webrtc?
While WebRTC is relatively new, VoIP has already been around for many years. But since we know that WebRTC is based on VoIP, what real difference is there between these two technologies?
A SHORT HISTORY OF VOIP AND WEBRTC
The first application of VoIP, or “Voice over IP,” was commercialised over 25 years ago. Innovative at the time, this technology consists of using an Internet connection to transmit voices, thus calls to one or more correspondents. It generally requires dedicated equipment or software, and sometimes both! This dependence on equipment and software led to the creation of a new technology - WebRTC - which RingOver uses. The underlying principle is simple: using computers and “phone line” equipment that are already available - notably a microphone and browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) - wouldn’t it be possible to transmit voices over an IP network without additional materials or software? The answer is yes: RingOver, which uses WebRTC technology, transmits voices via your web browser. So no dedicated equipment is necessary. These technologies, which are similar from a technical standpoint, are nonetheless generally placed back to back. What’s really going on? Let’s go a bit further and take a look into the true specifics of WebRTC and VoIP.
SIMILARITIES AND COMMON POINTS BETWEEN VOIP AND WEBRTC
VoIP was born of a simple goal: facilitating audio (and video) exchanges via the Internet, thus improving connectivity between individuals in general. WebRTC arose from the same goal. In both cases, transmission happens in real time with one’s interlocutor, allowing true flexibility in the choice of equipment. In effect, any device linked to the Internet can potentially be used as a terminal: your mobile phone, desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. Location doesn’t matter, as long as you have an Internet connection.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VOIP AND WEBRTC
WHAT BROWSERS ARE BEST USED FOR WEBRTC?
It’s necessary to take away that WebRTC is an extension of VoIP. It’s a new technology that uses VoIP in a totally different way than before: through the web browser. It should therefore be stressed that WebRTC an evolution of VoIP more than it is a competitor. On the other hand, applications that use WebRTC will compete with older applications that use VoIP in a traditional way. It is through this lens that we can talk about the difference between WebRTC and VoIP. From a technological standpoint, WebRTC is constantly evolving (see previous table). Did you enjoy this briefing? Help us get the word out by sharing the following link on social media and/or your favourite platforms.