Ideal Conditions for the Kixie Dialer Ideal Conditions for the Kixie Dialer

Ideal Conditions for the Kixie Dialer

Alex Mann Alex Mann

Remember: 99% of call quality/call drop issues originate in your network and/or computer setup (your router, Google chrome, your actual computer's processing speed, your internet, etc.). This article is meant to help you troubleshoot these factors and resolve your call quality issues. We are happy to assist you through troubleshooting as well. Here are the ideal conditions for the Kixie Dialer:

 

The Easy Steps:

  • Check the internet that you're connected to. Is it the right one? 
  • Use an ethernet connection if possible, not a wifi connection. 
  • Restart your router (unplug it, wait 20 seconds, plug it back in)

 

Make sure you are signed into an up-to-date version of Google Chrome (STABLE)

  • Ensure that you are using Chrome Stable, not Chrome Beta or Chrome Canary
  • Sign into Google Chrome by doing the following:
    • Sign into Google Chrome (and the Google chrome store) as a unique email that nobody else is using.
      • if you're not signed as described above, then uninstall Kixie (right-click the K and remove from Chrome), sign in to Chrome and the Chrome store w/ a unique email nobody else is using, and then reinstall Kixie.
  • Updating Google Chrome
    • Go to Chrome Settings > About Google Chrome 
    • Double-check that you are not running a beta version of chrome, or chrome canary. 

Your Headset and Microphone

  • To make sure that your headset is set up and paired correctly, see here.
  • And to make sure you are using an appropriate headset for the Kixie dialer, see here
    • in short, use a USB headset for best results, not a 3mm like apple headphones

Your Computer, Multi-tasking, and Streaming

  • Minimize the number of tabs you have open, especially those that eat up a lot of bandwidth or processing power.
  • It is very much not recommended to stream media (audio/video, Chromecast, etc.) while using Kixie. 

 

 

The Advanced Steps:

Please refer to the table below while testing. 

 

Good

Average

Bad

Jitter

<= 10ms

10ms - 30ms

>=30ms

Packet Loss

< 0.5%

0.5% - 0.9%

>= 0.9%


Your Router's Quality and/or Traffic Load 

  • If your wifi router is not high-quality and/or you have too much traffic going through it, you should just buy a higher-quality router. Here are the ones we recommend.

Your Network Setup (Latency, Ports/Firewall and Speed)

  • Latency
    • Verify the strength of your network and/or a firewall that may cause call quality issues or call drops by doing a quick, easy network scan from your browser.
      • The network scan is just a snapshot of your network status, but any consistent Latency value (round trip time) of approximately 150ms or higher suggests that you may experience call quality issues and/or drops.
      • Bufferbloat can be a common source of high latency. See https://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/bloat/wiki/Introduction/
  • Ports/Firewall/QoS
    • Please see this article for ideal network setup (ports and firewall, QoS, IP addresses)
      • Though advanced, QoS is recommended so you can prioritize voice traffic on your network vs. other less-critical traffic like YouTube videos
  • Speed/Bandwidth
    • High speed internet gives the best call quality experience but is rarely the cause of call quality issues and drops.

Administrative Access Required

  • Administrative Access must be available at all times to all Google Chrome directories including this in Windows:
  • C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Google

DISABLE SIP ALG

The Alternative Way to Make Kixie Calls While You Troubleshoot:

If everything else above seems ideally setup and you still have call quality issues:

  • You can always use Kixie Connect to route your calls through a non-Kixie device to avoid the issues at least temporarily.
    • Remember that you can always switch to Kixie Connect as a backup calling option at any time if you are experiencing bad call quality or drops through the Kixie dialer. In other words, you can at least temporarily make Kixie calls via your cellphone or another direct number. Don't worry, this method will still show your Kixie caller ID and track/record the call inside your CRM.
  • Please submit to support@kixie.com at least two examples of calls you made or received where the call quality issues were present. You can either submit the call recording link OR the date/time and the number called for these two examples.
  • Lastly, we can always provision a 3rd party computer softphone (think Bria or Zoiper) or deskphone which may resolve the issues, so keep that in mind.