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January 20, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll tell you about Vonage and how they make billions of "impressions." And today being Friday it is time for our In The Blogs feature here we call attention to what the bloggers we read regularly are writing about Vonage. We'll also point you to an interesting Vonage Forum thread about packets, which on Vonage are bits and bytes that contain your voice, as well as that of the persons or people you are speaking to over your Vonage connection.

In The News

Vonage Makes An "Impression" -Lots of Them, Actually 

Every month, Internet marketing research firm Nielsen NetRatings compiles their estimates of the preceding month's leading Internet advertisers. It does this by using survey results to calculate visits to most websites that carry advertising, track how often those websites serve up ads from specific advertisers, and then crunching those numbers alongside the published advertising rates that these sites list for potential advertisers.

Guess what. In December, 2005- a key advertising month due to the gift-giving Holiday season - Vonage was the leading Internet advertiser. Nielsen/Net Ratings estimates that Vonage spent a little more than $39 million in Internet advertising that month. That number was more than three times that of General Motors, which Nielsen/NetRatings estimates spent about $12.45 million. 

Vonage also delivered almost 15 billion "impressions", which is the term advertisers use every time someone sees an ad - even if they don't click on it. That figure was more than four times the runner-up's 3.480 billion impressions.

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:

Jeff Pulver of writes that Internet content companies should block content to the websites of big phone company broadband service providers that ask bandwidth using companies (such as Vonage) for extra fees in order to be carried over their networks.

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog agrees with Jeff Pulver. 

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog gives his thoughts on last week's announcement that Vonage, along with three other companies, was recognized by Avaya with the new Avaya Intelligent Communications Innovation Award "for their innovative approaches to weave communications into the fabric of their business.". 

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) thinks he knows why Vonage is not exhibiting at a major trade show in Canada later this year. d

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes about a technology called ENUM that many people feel will make it possible to have true Voip directory assistance. 

Bruce Stewart of the new O'Reilly Emerging Telephony Blog also sides with Jeff Pulver. 

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch gives his thoughts on where Vonage is headed from a corporate standpoint. You got to hand it to Andy, he's one of those bloggers who says exactly what's on his mind.

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog has several posts in which he refers to the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale next week. While Vonage does not have a booth, I note that many companies that work with Vonage will be there. In next Friday's In The Blogs roundup, I am sure we'll have news from the conference from Rich and some other bloggers that will be attending. 

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, Ted comes down on the side of "net neutrality," which is the concept that applications that use a fair amount of bandwidth (like Vonage, for instance) shouldn't have to pay extra to the big telcos to carry their bits and bytes. Ted thinks the concept of "net neutrality" will ultimately win. 

One of my favorite new blogs is written by Jack Decker. In his Michigan Telephone, Voip and Broadband Blog (which isn't limited to Michigan-related telecom issues, by the way), Jack writes, "the big phone companies want to have a monopoly on any and every form communications, and they just hate any potential competition that could dethrone them. They hate the fact that people can use e-mail and instant messaging instead of making expensive long distance phone calls, and they hate it that people can talk over the Internet without getting dinged with per-minute charges. They know now that they can't put the genie back in the bottle and make the Internet go away, so the next best thing is to try and control it and, insofar as it is possible, to make people and businesses pay them (the big phone companies) to use it."

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 blueline44, Damon writes that after getting his last bill from his current phone company, "I'm dumping them and going with Vonage. They are only going to charge me about 15 bucks a month and I'll get twice the extras (I'll have V-mail at home again- yay!). 

"To quote Austin Powers," Damon adds, " 'Yay capitalism!' "

Damon, we couldn't agree more.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Voip Forum thread called packet information, new Vonage Forum Member geddylee (sounds like he named himself after the guitar-player in that great old heavy-metal band, Rush) has some questions about packets associated with his Vonage service.

"I was recently packet sniffing on my home computer when I noticed that I was constantly getting UDP packets on port 10000 from what appears to be my Vonage router," he writes. "I then started picking apart a bit of the information and noticed that there's some useful things in there. 

"Is this standard traffic for all broadband routers or just Vonage or even just Vonage and my particular router? Or do they all spit out information to port 10000?," he asks. I couldn't find any information on this.

Well, once again, Stephen Cerruti (scerruti) proves his worth as Vonage Forum Member of the Week by offering this answer:

"This is one of the ports used for Vonage service," he writes, citing an article that makes that point. "What are you using for packet sniffing? A program like ethereal would identify these as RTP packets. RTP, the real-time transport protocol provides end-to-end network transport functions suitable for applications transmitting real-time data, such as audio, video or simulation data, over Multicast or Unicast network services. 

"If you are seeing them while not on a phone call I expect it is some type of heartbeat message that your router uses to let Vonage know it hasn't been struck by a meteorite," scerruti adds. "Any port above 1023 is outside the 'well-known port range' and is likely to be dynamically assigned at run time. This means that if you were to add another router on your network it is possible that it would be sending these packets out on a different port."

So What Does All That Voip Alphabet Soup Mean?

Wow, 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

What Info To Post When You Are Having Tech Problems

As you just read in the Caller cannot hear me thread we highlighted above, a good number of threads and posts on the Vonage Forum are devoted to a technical issue a Forum Member is having with his Vonage service, and questions as to what is causing the problem and how it can be fixed. Being able to provide such solutions is a major reason why we are here.

We have many knowledgeable Vonage Forum members who repeatedly have jumped in and provided advice that has led to solutions. Generally, the best way for them to help you is if you provide as much information as you can about your setup and the nature of the problem you are having.

This past summer, one of those knowledgeable and always Vonage Forum Members actually started a thread advising what info you should provide when you start a thread that asks for help with a Vonage-related issue. Trowski's thread is called What to post when having technical trouble with Vonage..... I liked his points so much that I have made this thread a "sticky," which means it appears at the top of the Vonage Voip Forum thread list you see when you go to

Here's what Trowski advises that you post:

1. Your location
2. Your ISP name and type (cable, DSL, wireless etc)
3. Upload and download speeds
4. Modem make and model
5. Type of Vonage adapter used i.e. RT31P2 or PAP2
6. Setup of Network i.e. Modem---->Vonage Adapter-->PC
7. Issue you are experiencing i.e. dropped calls, choppy audio etc
8. DETAILED results from with a test call to Boston.

"This will help you get the answers/resolution faster if you can post that first....," he writes.

And I added, "that a detailed title is very important, one that does not have the words: "Please", "Help" or "Vonage" in it. And if you haven't already done so, please take a minute to read the forum rules prior to posting for the first time."

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 Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, including our Vonage Forum Member of the Week!!

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