Updated September 01, 2023
Shape Software is powerful business technology built with cutting-edge programming techniques and languages. Because of this, certain hardware and software minimums are required to use Shape Software successfully. Please go through our minimum technical requirements to ensure that your system will operate efficiently. Please note that some features within Shape Software do require more advanced hardware and software requirements and some plugins, extensions, pop-up blockers, ISPs, and VPNs installed on your individual device or network may impede your Shape usage. These specs outline minimum needs to operate Shape and does not guarantee that all features within Shape will operate at top performance standards, as newer versions and hardware become available and may be needed for new features and product rollout.
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Best Practices for Call Quality
VoIP call quality is influenced by several factors, including device software and hardware and the network a device is connected to. Here we explore the key factors that influence call quality on Browser calls, and offers recommendations for improving call quality.
The network the device runs on has a big influence on call quality thanks to factors such as jitter and latency.
Jitter and Latency
VoIP calls involve the transmission of a continuous train of voice data packets. If the network is congested, some of the first packets sent may reach a recipient later than other packets. This out-of-order receipt of packets, known as jitter, can result in the audio sounding jumbled or robotic. Jitter is measured in milliseconds of delay, and jitter values higher than 30 milliseconds on WebRTC calls can lead to poor audio quality. High network congestion can also lead to packet loss, resulting in chunks of audio never reaching the intended recipient.
Latency, in the context of VoIP calls, is the spoken-to-heard delay in the transmission of audio. The major contributing factor to VoIP latency is the delay incurred in the transmission of voice packets from origin to destination. When this network latency is more than 300 milliseconds of round-trip time, call participants can experience audio lag.
To minimize network and device issues and improve call quality, Shape recommends:
Using a high-bandwidth fiber connection from a reputed internet provider. Dedicated business internet connections generally come with guaranteed SLAs on bandwidth and latency.
Using a physical Ethernet connection instead of Wi-Fi when possible.
If using Wi-Fi, limiting the number of devices connected on the same channel.
Using high-quality Wi-Fi routers built for enterprises or real-time gaming. Look for routers that come with advanced QoS features.
Auditing your network firewall and NAT settings to check for transmission delays due to improper configuration.
Avoiding large data transfers on the Wi-Fi network during calls.
Limiting bandwidth per connected device to ensure an even allocation of total available bandwidth.
Avoiding calls over cellular data connections (4G and older) as they are not optimized for low-latency traffic.
Ensuring uplink and downlink bandwidth availability of at least 10mbps and an additional 350Kbps per user for voice transmission.
Voice data on VoIP calls is transferred over UDP. Ensure that your network firewall allows the transmission of UDP packets between client devices and the public internet.
Certain software and hardware device characteristics have a direct impact on VoIP call quality.
Browser and OS
The Shape Browser tested and supported only for these browsers on their most current versions.
Chrome on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android (Preferred)
Firefox on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android
Safari on iOS and macOS
New Microsoft Edge (based on Chromium) on Windows
Chrome for iOS and Firefox for iOS don’t support WebRTC.
While most modern PC and smartphone devices are more than capable of handling VoIP calls, incompatibilities between hardware components such as network drivers, audio cards, and other firmware components can result in unexpected issues with media handling.
Attempting to reproduce issues on other devices should be a key step in your debugging process.
The Audio Input and Output Device
Shape recommends using quality headsets for browser-based calls.
Headsets minimize echo by providing acoustic isolation between the speaker and the microphone. High-quality VoIP headsets with noise-canceling features can greatly enhance call quality in noisy environments by eliminating background sounds.
Wired headsets generally offer more stable sound quality than wireless or Bluetooth headsets. Wireless headsets are more prone to adapter and driver configuration issues, which can lead to static or white noise on calls. We recommend testing with a different headset, or with a built-in mic and speaker, when troubleshooting audio quality issues.
Should you have any questions or require further details, please do not hesitate to contact our Shape Software Support Team.
Phone: (888) 762-7211