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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

January 6, 2006

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today’s edition of the Vonage Forum Digest.

First, I have some exciting news. On Thursday at about 4:20 p.m. Eastern Time, we recorded our 16 millionth page view since we started the Forum back on March, 2003. I thank everyone who has ever clicked on a Vonage Forum page. And since you are one of those people,  that means a note of personal thanks directly to you!

We’ll read about what Vonage’s CEO thinks about all this talk on the part of some traditional phone company broadband Internet Service Providers who want to charge Vonage access fees. We’ll tell you how some pretty knowledgeable tech folks are literally lining up to try Vonage’s service. Then, we’ll discuss an interesting, detailed Vonage Forum thread about some problems one Forum Member has been having logging into his Virtual Private Network (VPN) since he’s been using Vonage.

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Vonage CEO Doesn’t Want Fees for Carriage

The Wall Street Journal reports today that executives at AT&T (which includes the old SBC) are expressing support for charging companies to ensure that their content gets priority delivery over its network, while Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications, said he might favor reaching deals with companies to do the same.

And not only AT&T. "We have to make sure they don't sit on our network and chew up our capacity," Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg told reporters Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

But the Journal reported that Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron is, not surprisingly, not a big fan of such deals and surcharges.

"They (the traditional phone companies) want to charge us for the bandwidth the customer has already paid for," Citron told the Journal. "The customer has to pay twice. That's crazy."

Free Vonage Service A Hit At CES

Vonage is offering a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that let attendees try out the service by making a free call over Vonage. Vonage is providing 13 booths in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall. Vonage is also demonstrating their service at hardware partner booths, including the Motorola, Texas Instruments, Uniden and VTech booths.

Just last night, I got an email from a buddy who is at the show, and who told me that folks are lining up to try the service. In the South Hall lobby.

For the record, I am jealous. I wish I was at the show. But I know that a lot of bloggers are there right now, so I decided to run our usual Friday In The Blogs feature on Monday after all the bloggers get a chance to absorb what they are seeing right at this moment.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

New Vonage Forum Member paulie68 has been having trouble logging into his company's VPN (Virtual Private Network) remotely since getting the Vonage service/router. So he decided to start a thread about this issue, which he named, Arial"> Completely stumped: Voip and VPN access.

“First off, let me tell you about my home network. I have a wireless high speed connection coming into the house. Since there's no hardware in the house other than the Ethernet cable and a small black connector smaller than a pink pencil eraser block (with an external power transformer/plug for the wall) and the VPN connection worked prior to the Vonage switch, I have no reason to think that is the point of failure. Anyway, that cable comes into the Internet port of the Vonage router and an Ethernet cable connects to a Linksys wireless router WRT54G V3 (Ethernet port to Ethernet port). I am able to connect my work PC to the internet without any trouble, and our home PC is connected to the WRT54G,” writes paulie, who adds that the phone and home PC work fine as well.

“But when I try to connect my work PC to my work VPN, “he adds, “the connection is established (had a remote IP address appear when typing "ipconfig" in a cmd window) and immediately shutdown - and I seem to have stumped the world on what's wrong. I've checked the WRT54G's status page and expected the IPs to be populated, but they were all zeros. I wasn't sure if that should be the case, so I tried the "release DHCP" and "renew DHCP" buttons, but nothing changed.

“I've spoken to Vonage techs, who tell me that the Vonage router *MUST* be the first box my high speed link connects to, yet a couple folks at work tell me otherwise. I've spoken to my company's IT folks, who had me open ports and forward it specifically to my PC's wireless card IP or the hardwire port's IP. Linksys tech's helped me to change my WRT54G's IP address so that it's in the same IP family as the Vonage router (192.168.15.x). Heck, last night I was able to connect briefly, but after losing my connection a couple hours later, I couldn't get back in after an hour's worth of retries. “

Then, paulie68 supplies some more details.

“DHCP is enabled on the Vonage router, but not on the WRT54G (presumably making it an access point rather than a router). The Linksys folks helped with that.” he writes.

“I've tweaked the voice quality at the Vonage site to reduce bandwidth, though that should have nothing to do with getting on the network, as no BW-hog applications are open. I do not have cross-over cables involved (someone in the office mentioned that, but I don't know what that is or its purpose),” he adds.

Faced with these issues, paulie68 writes that he is nearing the end of his rope. “I know the VPN worked prior to Vonage and the night time drives to the office are starting to exceed the cost savings of not having a conventional phone line,” he points out.

“I'm sure I'm missing some detail in all that text,” he adds. “Suggestions are very welcome - just understand that I'm pretty new to this networking stuff.”

Well, paulie68, part of the reason we have our Forum- and why we will probably pick up our 21,000th member later today- is to help folks like you who are new to this stuff. And many of our Members are, in fact, on the help brigade.

“I'm not sure if this will help, but I decided to avoid all these types of issues by just hanging the Vonage adapter (RTP300 in my case) off the back of my existing router,” writes Vonage Forum Member blakhader. “It works fine, I'm currently VPN'd in to work, call quality is excellent, all the features work, etc. Basically, I'm using the RTP300 as nothing more than a phone adapter. “

“Reset to defaults and started from scratch. Linksys routers have a reset button.. hold it in 30 seconds, then reboot,” suggests Vonage Forum Member tweber.

Another suggestion is offered by CLM, a new Vonage Forum Member. CLM writes that he had a similar problem, except his Cisco VPN client just wouldn't connect.

“I put the Vonage unit as a client of my router (peer to my PC), powered it off, powered it on (and perhaps the router, too), waited about 3 or 4 minutes, and it’s been working ever since,” he writes as a suggestion to paulie68..

Here's an Easy Voip Primer For You

From looking at the traffic, new registrations and posts here on the Vonage Forum, I can tell that we have many new Members- including a good number that are new to VoIP. Many signed up during the Holidays- I’ll bet some of you even got Vonage service as a gift!

I invite all our Members to come over to our How Vonage Voip Works page at You'll find clearly explained, illustrated directions that should help new Vonage users get started. But even if you have been using Vonage for awhile, you'll appreciate the refresher!

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:, 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 e Vonage Voip Forum Digest. We usually run our In the Blogs feature on Friday, but since I know that so many bloggers are at the Consumer Electronics trade show in Las Vegas this week and will be writing lots of stuff, over the next day or two, we’ll run In the Blogs in our Monday edition – along with our Vonage Forum Member of the Week announcement.

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