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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

December 16, 2005

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. In the news, we'll describe how a leading Vonage exec expects their new Wi-Fi phone to be used, and learn what there is about this concept called "tolls and controls" that Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron really doesn't like. Because today is Friday, it's the day for our popular In The Blogs feature where we call attention to what the bloggers we read regularly are writing about Vonage.  We'll point you to a Vonage VoIP Forum thread about adapter and router configuration issues.



In The News

Vonage Describes Use Scenarios for New Wi-Fi Phone

Earlier this week, Vonage and UTStarcom released the new F1000 Wi-Fi handset. On sale for $79.99 after a recent rebate, the phone is being sold as ideal for use at free, public Wi-Fi hotspots, which are available in many areas.

But that's not all. Louis Holder, who is Vonage executive VP of product development, says the F1000 would also work well for enterprise use- such as companies that either occupy several floors of one building, or even in a group of buildings close together such as in an office park campus.

Holder says companies could set up access WiFi points for about $100 each, which give about a 100-yard coverage.

"For enterprise users, it would be like having a cell tower in your building - that's how clear the call will be," Holder told Computer Business Review.

It would enable employees to do away with their cell phones while at work, he said. "They could be mobile throughout the office without burning cell phone minutes," he said.

Holder also added that dual-mode WiFi-cellular Voip handsets will likely become viable in the industry by 2007 and is something Vonage is "looking at."

Vonage's Citron Warns Against Internet Access "Tools and Controls"

A new article in Business Week and available on the magazine's Web site cautions that large broadband Internet access service providers may try to impose fees or slowdowns on services that compete with their own. That could mean, for example, that a big cable or DSL provider would try to block, or at least give less priority to, Voip calls over their lines unless these companies pay them some sort of a fee. 

People who don't like this idea back rulings and laws that would guarantee "net neutrality"- a concept that would require broadband providers not to discriminate against bits and bytes carried over their network by competitors of some of their services. People who are in favor of net neutrality call what it would protect against lots of things - including some names you might not want to repeat in front of your small children (something I know about). But for now, let's call this what Business Week does - "tolls and controls."

"This new view of the world will break apart the Internet and turn it into small fiefdoms" divided between the network providers' friends and foes, says Vonage Chief Executive Jeffrey Citron.

You can bet that Vonage will fight this. That's why they now have three experienced lobbyists in Washington- something you read about here on the Digest several weeks ago - to fight attempts any big broadband access provider would make to establish "tolls and controls." 

In The Blogs

We read about 15 Voip and IP-telephony-related Weblogs. Some we read more than others, but we enjoy most of them. Face it, bloggers are opinion-shapers. So today, as we normally do each Friday  we are going to give you a round-up of what the blogs we read have recently said about Vonage recently.

Here's what the Voip bloggers have been writing about:

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog criticizes what he interprets as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's failure to recognize that rules should now be put in place guaranteeing "net neutrality"- a concept I just described above. He points to a Reuters news service article in which the FCC's chairman Kevin Martin said, "I’m hesitant to adopt rules that would prevent anti-competitive behavior where there hasn’t been significant evidence of a problem. That doesn’t mean people don’t have a lot of concern about potential problems, but there’s a significant difference between potential problems and problems that occur."

Jeff Pulver of Pulver.com thinks the U.S. Government should do more to modernize the nation's E911 phone system. Vonage announced earlier this week that it was fully E91-compliant. Jeff is also skeptical about the quality of some high profile rollouts of inexpensive Internet phone calling services available from Instant Messaging interfaces. Some pundits compare these services to those of companies like Vonage, but it doesn't sound like Jeff buys into that.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog argues against the concept of the U.S. taxing Voip services like Vonage in order to raise money for the Universal Service Fund, a program that among other things, helps subsidize high-speed Internet access in rural and poor areas. "This issue shouldn't just be about how much money we should tax and pour into the USF blackhole," Tom writes.  "We really need to consider the advantages that Voip bring to all Americans and figure out if it makes sense to continue the legacy of charging a tax for any type of phone communications. I would argue that IP communications and specifically Voice over IP communications is much different than the legacy TDM network. If we are going to tax "voice over IP", why not tax 'email over IP' or 'video over IP' or even simply tax Americans on a per-byte basis? We'll call it the 'Byte Me' Tax." Pretty clever, Tom.

Mark Evans of the Northern Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and he writes about telecom and tech) doesn't write about Vonage this week, but his blog makes fascinating reading anyway. 

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog has an article that spotlights an effort begun by several Vonage Forum Members to get the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar to intercede with the government there and put pressure on a leading DSL provider in that nation to stop blocking Vonage calls. Here's the link to Russ

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch doesn't make any new posts this week, but he does write that Vonage will offer more than a dozen free calling booths for registered guests at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas just after New Year's.

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog doesn't write about Vonage this week, but like Tom Keating, is critical of this idea to tax Voip services like Vonage to pay for the Universal Service Fund. 

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, Ted isn't only critical of the idea backed by the U.S. FCC to tax Vonage and other Voip providers to help pay for the Universal Service Fund. Ted thinks this tax is such a bad idea, and would primarily benefit the traditional phone companies, he writes that FCC chairman Kevin Martin ought to be fired. 

On BroadbandReports.com, there's an interesting thread in which a reader there writes that he is using WinXP and trying to install a VPN connection to get the Vonage service working after some recent ISP bans. The thread is called, [Vonage] RT31P2 and VPN

On eHome Upgrade Forums I see they have added some new posts to the thread, Vonage is great. It seems that most of the posters to that thread agree.

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. On a blog I just found called The Implementologist, the blogger, a home networking consultant who doesn't provide his name, has an interesting post called Guess what: Your home may already be networked! In the post, he talks up the Uniden TRU8885-2 5.8 GHz Digital Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System, writing: "If you’ve lost a telephone connection in the room, you’ll have to go cordless. The best solution is the Multi-handset Phone System, where you’ll only need one live connection to serve multiple rooms wirelessly. These phones also work especially well with Voip phone systems like Vonage."

 

On The Vonage Voip Forum

New Vonage Forum Member nahrdaddy has been wondering if he's set up his adapter correctly to work with his Vonage service. But he's done more than just wonder about it. He's started a Vonage Forum thread called Phone terminal/router wiring advantages?

"I've been reading this forum for a few weeks now, and was wondering if I set up my Vonage adapter correctly," nahrdaddy writes. "Vonage first sent me a Motorola VT1005, which is supposed to be wired as follows: Internet (FiOS) -> VT1005 (VoIP)-> D-Link Router (DHCP to 4 PCs and 1 wireless AP). 

"Vonage swapped it due to Echoing in the line, and sent me a Linksys RTP100, which I wired as follows, mostly because I was too lazy to reconfigure the DHCP: FiOS -> Linksys RPT300 (VoIP) -> D-Link Router (DHCP to 4 PCs and 1 wireless AP).," he explains further. He explains that although the phone works fine, as well as his Internet, but he's still wondering "if there is any advantage to wire the RTP300 behind the router: FiOS -> D-Link Router -> RPT300 (VoIP). 

"Will I need to reconfigure the router? Should I bother, especially since my Internet and phone work fine?," nahrdaddy asks.

Then Vonage Forum Member NateHoy (who has made more than 370 posts despite only being a Member for around six weeks), posts an answer.

"If your (Linksys RTP) 300 and your D-Link are able to feed you the Internet at FiOS speeds, then I'd just leave well enough alone. It is probably that your D-Link router is adding an additional NAT layer to your Internet connection but.. If it ain't broke, don't fix it," NateHoy writes. "If you were doing VPN work or other stuff of that nature, I'd recommend a fix, but in your case? Nah." 

"The '300 is probably every bit as good a router as the D-Link, NateHoy adds, "so you're not losing anything by routing all your traffic through it."

So What Does All That Voip Alphabet Soup Mean?

That last thread sure had several abbreviations. Hey, do all those abbreviations you read about in Vonage Forum threads and elsewhere confuse you? Well, we have a handy guide to all VoIP-related abbreviations you are likely to encounter, and what they stand for. So if you see another jumble of letters that doesn't make any sense, why not hop over to our Voip Acronyms page? You can find it at http://www.vonage-forum.com/voip-acronyms.html.

As we close out today's Digest, I'd like to remind you once again about some more options you have to receive the Vonage Voip Forum Digest every day. If you go to this page: http://www.vonage-forum.com/syndication.html, you will see a list of RSS Newsreaders from which with one or two clicks, you'll be able to get your Digest delivered directly to your Newsreader each morning. The Newsreaders we've linked to on that page include such reliable and trusted services as Bloglines, Feedster, My Yahoo!, Newsgator and Feedburner. I am open to add others, just contact me with the info of the Newsreader.

That's what's hot about Vonage today. We'll be back on Monday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, where we'll meet our newest Vonage Voip Forum Member of the Week!




 
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