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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - February 21, 2006


Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

February 21, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll see what the former head of the U.S. FCC thinks about whether net neutrality laws are needed to prevent big broadband providers from blocking or charging extra for services like Vonage to travel across their networks. We'll read a review from a major newspaper about why Vonage is more economical than other Voip services. We'll also go over an interesting and detailed Vonage Voip Forum thread about voice quality - and how you can diagnose voice quality issues and identify where the problem might be. There's also something very special about that thread- but you'll have to read on to tell what that is.

In The News

Former FCC Chairman Sees No Need for Net Neutrality Rules

Net neutrality is the principle that companies like Vonage should not have to pay fees to broadband Internet service providers for those companies to carry their services across those networks. The opposite of net neutrality would be if one of the large phone or cable companies charged Vonage for the privilege- and would threaten to block Vonage calls from their networks if Vonage refused to go along.

Vonage Chairman Jeffrey Citron has long been on record at favoring a ban on this practice. But former U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell doesn't think such a ban is necessary.

Speaking at a public policy conference in Colorado on Sunday, Powell said that if a big telco blocked Google or Yahoo! it would be the wrong move for such a telco to try.

"And then when one provider did publicly try to block services -- the now-heralded case of Madison River blocking Vonage's Voice over IP -- Powell said, 'we went and shot them,' " Networking Pipeline's Paul Kapustka, who was at the conference, quotes Powell as saying.

"I think the [service providers] are going to have to get more creative," said Powell. "They are going to have to look more to creating their own content, into doing things like selling advertisements or making deals with content creators [to share revenue]," Powell added.

Columnist's Pick: Vonage

Eric Gwinn is a technology writer for the Chicago Tribune. His stories get picked up by hundreds of newspapers around North America, large and small.

On Monday, Gwinn wrote an article comparing some of the more highly rated VoIP services. And Vonage came out best.

"The biggest difference among all the services is cost. So first, you need to figure out how you make your calls," he wrote. "Do you dial overseas a lot? Do you want friends in other states to keep in touch with you? Are most of your calls within the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada? These factors will determine what kind of service plan you should get.

"All services offer two kinds of plans: restricted, which are cheaper but limit the number of minutes for calls in the U.S., and unlimited, which costs more but you can gab all day," Gwinn added. All plans charge for overseas calls, but the cost is usually pennies per minute.

"My pick? Vonage," Gwinn declared. While noting that another provider has lower overseas rates, "you can't beat Vonage's Premium Unlimited plan: $25 a month for unlimited calls domestically and to Canada and Puerto Rico, plus caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, 24-hour tech support and a free phone adapter."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

First, I have some great news. On Monday, the Vonage Voip Forum recorded its 50,000th post! That's more than 50,000 posts in slightly less than three years. And we celebrate our third birthday on March 5.

I checked to see which Vonage Voip Forum post put us at 50,000, and it turns out that post was the first one in an interesting thread. So not just because that post was number 50,000 - but because that post started a thread you'll be interested in, let us look at the post.

The thread is called Problems with call clarity and it was started by new Vonage Forum Member puradiance.

For the thread-opening post- in fact, post 50,000, puradiance describes the issue he named his thread after.

"I'm having an issue I cannot resolve. I have a wired network with a Comcast Broadband connection coming out of a Motorola modem and into my Linksys Wireless-G Router," he writes. "I only use the wireless on the outside chance I need to connect with my laptop to do some quick work from home. On the back end of my router I have 2 PC's always connected. 

"I was happy with the Vonage service I've had since the beginning of January but since last week all of a sudden I am losing calls, the people calling are saying the quality is horrible and they can hardly understand me nearly all the time. I use my phone for work and personal use so my frustration is at an all time high. I have to resolve this issue? What is going on? I called Vonage for help and the rep was great, had me run some diagnostics and coached me on how to test my VOIP," he writes. 

"Today I called and complained to Comcast but they can't seem to help me. I tried connecting only one phone to my Vonage adapter and the problem still occurs--so its not an issue with my house wiring," puradiance adds. "I live in the Maryland area. Is anyone experiencing this and can help me get back to normal service? I really don't want to go through the process of switching carriers AGAIN after only a couple of months."

On the urging of fellow Vonage Forum Member named sinceMay2004, puradiance conducts a testyourvoip test and posts the results.

Vonage Forum Member Steve48 sees the results and has some initial impressions.

"You have too many packet discards on the uplink. Try plugging your computer directly into the modem and repeating the test. If the results don't improve, then you have an issue to discuss with Comcast," Steve48 posts.

"By the way, you left out your upload and download speeds," he adds. "How are they? Do you know how they compare to what they were when you were getting good phone service?"

"The speed test varies--download 1812. Upload 313," puradiance posts back. "I called COMCAST today and they said everything was fine on their end."

Then less than an hour later puradiance follows up with another post that has additional details. He explains that he connected my modem directly to the PC and saw little improvement. He lists the results from the new test, and then adds:

"PACKET DISCARDS ARE STILL HIGH FROM ME TO BOSTON. I checked it once before I disconnected my router and I got an overall score of 3.9. So this is very unstable and keeps changing."

Puradiance is wondering what he should do next. When I last checked this thread, sinceMay2004 had more suggestions for puradiance. So this is a thread worth watching!

What Info To Post When You Are Having Tech Problems

Couldn't but help and notice that our 50,000th post involved the original poster running two testyourvoip tests. This makes me all that much aware that 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.

Like Steve48 and sinceMay2004 showed on that thread we just reviewed, 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 http://www.vonage-forum.com/forum1.html.

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 www.testyourvoip.com 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: 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 Wednesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest!!




 
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