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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - January 10, 2006

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

January 10, 2006

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. 

First, I have some major news. Two pieces of news, actually.

Over the weekend, we picked up our 21,000th member here on the Vonage Forum. Our 21,000th member is jpsmith. Welcome to the Vonage Forum, jpsmith! We look forward to reading your posts!

And, as you may have noticed, we've changed our signage a bit. I wanted to make sure that each and every one of you Members and site visitors- and there are many more of you these days- was clear that the Vonage Forum is an independent support site, not part of Vonage. Our new logo reflects that.

In the news, we'll read about what the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has to say about any high-speed Internet service providers that are thinking about blocking access to Vonage service. We'll also read that one high-ranking Vonage exec is looking forward to technology that might replace your current cellphone. We'll also tell you how popular Vonage's booth was at the Consumer Electronics Show, which has just ended. Because so many bloggers were at CES on Friday - and some needed time to absorb all they saw before they blogged about it, we are going to run our In the Blogs feature today. That's the feature where we call attention to what the bloggers we read regularly are writing about Vonage.  We'll also point you to a Vonage VoIP Forum thread with a question about router setup.

In The News

FCC Chief Says No On Attempts To Block Vonage Service

There's been a lot of talk that some traditional phone and cable companies that are also broadband Internet service providers might seek to either block competing services from being carried on that network, or charge these competing services - such as Vonage's Voip - extra fees for being carried. 

Well, it looks as though the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission would not like to see outright blockage.  "(I would) be concerned if you talked about network providers blocking access to content that consumers want," said Kevin Martin to reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show, which ended Sunday. 

But at the same time, Martin sounds a lot less hostile to the idea of a surcharge.

"Service providers should be free to charge different amounts for varying bandwidth, but they should not be allowed to cordon off content from consumers, Martin said.

I've said it before, but it is a good thing for Vonage that they have three lobbyists in Washington.

Vonage Exec Likes The Idea of Dual-Mode Wi-Fi Cell Phones

The Website TechWeb is reporting that Vonage is working to make a connection between wireless and cellular phone services. It's working with partners to develop a line of phones and network platform that would allow consumers to switch automatically between Wi-Fi and cellular communication modes, Vonage's executive vice-president of product development Lou Holder tells TechWeb.  

TechWeb adds that Holder explained the long-term idea is duel-mode Wi-Fi phones would replace today's cell phones,  "It's a very probable scenario, and something we're looking at," Holder said. 

"The convergence between wireless local area networks and cellular networks isn't just a dream," writes TechWeb's Laurie Sullivan. "And Holder said Vonage intends to lead consumers into these service offerings. The idea is to use the Wi-Fi capability in the home, office or retail hot spot and walk out into the street without having the call drop. Duel-mode mobile phones that can connect to either a wireless network or cellular service are expected to exceed $100 million in 2009, according to ABI Research."

Vonage A Big Hit at CES

I've received another e-mail from a friend who was at the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He says that even as the show (which ended Sunday) was starting to clear out late Saturday afternoon, folks were still lined up at the Vonage booth, talking to sales personnel who were demonstrating various Vonage services and products.

Given that most of the people at the show already have a technical bent, I'd have to say that level of interest is not only impressive, but portends well for the future. 

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, 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 likes the deal Vonage announced last week with Sonus in which it is buying Sonus’s gear including PSX Call Routing Server, SGX Signaling Gateway, and the Sonus Insight Management System.

Jeff Pulver of doesn't like the idea of some Internet broadband service providers talking about implementing surcharges for rival services (such as Vonage) to be carried over their networks.

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog writes about software that can be used to record VoIP calls. 

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 like the idea of one large U.S. high-speed broadband service provider (hint: their name starts with the same letter as does Vonage), wanting to charge extra for Vonage callers to access their Internet lines.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog is looking forward to the release of a Vonage video phone.

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch likes the idea of Vonage and Uniden putting out a cordless VoIP phone. "An all in one cordless phone, router and telephone adapter from Uniden has been added to Vonage offerings," Andy writes. "If anything these ongoing releases of Voip products shows that Vonage, and other VoIP players, are an attractive target for the consumer electronics manufacturers in a bigger way each year."

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog writes, "Vonage for example has a great affiliate program that many webmasters subscribe to and lots of sales that Vonage makes are attributable to such partners."

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, Ted doesn't write specifically about Vonage this week, but he seems to be a big Linux fan.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

New Vonage Forum Member amygiraffe had some Vonage setup questions, so she's started a thread that she's named, setup with ?router.

"I am trying to set up my Vonage and am confused. I have Comcast Broadband with a RCA dcm315 modem. I purchased at Best Buy a PAP2 phone adaptor for Vonage," she writes It seems that I should be able to use the only ethernet connector on the modem to connect to the PAP2. 

"Can I then use the USB to connect to my computer for Broadband? It seems that I am missing a router but I wondered if I could bypass that," amygiraffe continues. "Can I get setup with what I have?? I might be able to find an extra USB cable and try it out." 

Then, amygiraffe asks about a couple of other possibilities.

"Do I need a different modem and/or a new router. OR... do I need something different than the PAP2 phone adaptor that I bought??," she writes. "I opened the phone adapter so I doubt I can exchange it."

Vonage Forum Member rla has seen amygiraffe's post and has answered.

"To cut to the chase Amy; you can't do USB from the modem and ethernet too, ... in the configuration you are describing. Get a router that will farm out IP addresses (DHCP) to your computer and LAN toys using an Ethernet configuration," he advises.

"Don't try a hub or switch alone," rla adds. "You will likely want some firewall protection and the benefits offered by even a budget router."

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

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 Wednesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest!!

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