A X-Lite is a small, lightweight VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone that is easy to use for anyone who desires a simple yet highly efficient phone system. A Mac and PC based X-Lite is easy to install, run, and configure. A basic X-Lite configuration runs on a single network connection making it perfect for either a single computer or multiple computers on different networks. The ability to configure multiple X-Lite connections makes it possible to place a single telephone number on a multitude of networked computers. In addition, X-Lite is inexpensive and simple to use for anyone who is familiar with basic computer and network design.
The X-Lite is an easy-to-use, IP-based phone system that supports both softphones and dedicated lines. A MAC address determines the service provider and the MAC code is what identifies the call source. A standard PSTN number is tied to an assigned MAC address, which is broadcast by the subscriber and routed to the correct softphone or dedicated server. To connect to a VoIP account, an IP-based MAC address is communicated to the Softphone client and a unique counterpart is used between the client and server to identify each call source. An X-Lite is used to connect to a PSTN, so as to make and receive international calls using a private IP network without having to use an analog line.
Unlike a traditional VoIP system, with the X-Lite, there is no central server to install or maintain. Calls are placed directly to an assigned softphone or dedicated server, which forwards the call to the correct service provider. A small amount of bandwidth is consumed from each call, which limits the number of calls that can be placed simultaneously. However, the low bandwidth consumption allows each user to place as many calls as needed without being impacted by the low bandwidth rate.