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USB DECT Headsets, The Best of Two Worlds

DECT wireless headsets have been around for years now and help to provide wireless connectivity for a range of office phones and scenarios. With the evolution of office technology however, is DECT technology becoming obsolete or are USB DECT headsets providing a new lease of life?

Many new office telecommunication devices come equipped with a plethora of different connectivity options and Bluetooth is emerging as an ever more popular route.

At JPL, we don’t believe this should be the deathnail of the DECT headset, due in part to the longevity of some office equipment. Instead, we actually think there’s life in the DECT communication standard type yet and our Explore range of DECT headsets shows how.

What is USB DECT

If you’ve ever heard the term “USB DECT” you might have been left questioning your understanding of DECT, a short range wireless communication protocol. How can DECT possibly be USB?

USB DECT is what you have potentially guessed it to be, a DECT headset with USB connectivity, most likely through the base station. The beauty of a USB DECT device is the potential this opens up to use your headset and base station with other communications equipment, such as laptops.

DECT Headsets With USB Adapter

While you can buy a third party adapter to convert an RJ9 or RJ11 headset to work over USB, cheap adapters can be unreliable causing interference or other technical issues.

An alternative is to look at your options when investing in new DECT headsets, ensuring that your equipment is futureproofed with OEM options available. This is exactly the problem that the JPL Explore DECT range solves, with an RJ11 connection as standard, the base station also features upgradable modules to give USB and Bluetooth connectivity as it’s needed.

With the USB DECT module being manufactured by the headset manufacturer, there’s another advantage in that you can be sure that your DECT headset will work perfectly over a USB connection.

Why Opt for USB DECT Headsets?

So with the prevalence of Bluetooth devices in the market, why would you opt for a DECT headset with a USB option?

DECT Headset Range

Regardless of whether a DECT headset is being operated over a USB connection or not, DECT offers a huge range of up to 330 feet. While this is matched by class 1 Bluetooth devices, class 2 or below will have a range of 33 feet or less.

The advantage here is clear as it offers even the most active phone user lots of range to play with.

Call Security

While it’s true that Bluetooth does offer communication encryption at 128-bit compared to the 64-bit encryption offered by DECT headsets, it’s unlikely that either technology will be compromised by malicious actors looking to eavesdrop. This means that there’s little in the way of negatives here.

Designed for Communication

Something which you might not know is that the DECT wireless protocol was designed specifically for voice communications, regardless of how the headset is connected to a phone or laptop.

This is a real advantage of DECT headsets as Bluetooth headsets can be susceptible to interference, resulting in digital distortion.

USB Connectivity For DECT Headsets

Of course, Bluetooth is becoming a go-to option for wireless headset technology, however if your business is still operating a range of equipment which doesn’t feature Bluetooth connectivity then you might feel like your options are limited.

Upgrading a DECT headset with USB connectivity helps to expand the connectivity of your DECT headsets, meaning that you can do more with your existing equipment such as phones and laptops.

Let JPL Guide You to the Right Headset

Don’t let the evolution of communications tech cloud your judgement when it comes to what’s right for your business. Get in touch, we’ll listen to your needs and suggest the best solution for your situation, what’s more, if you’re looking for more than 120 units, you can even take a free trial.

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