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March 7, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll preview a product that will allow you to make Vonage calls from an Ethernet connection, and let you know about a dispute brewing in Canada between Vonage and a large broadband Internet access company that seems like it is trying to get their customers to pay surcharges for Voip services. We'll also go over interesting Vonage Voip Forum threads about wiring a new home for Vonage service, and about adding one extra voice and one extra fax line to existing Vonage service.

In The News

New Device Will Let You Make Vonage Calls From an Ethernet Connection

SMC Networks Inc,  says they has launched a device that can be used by corporate travelers to make Vonage calls from anywhere they can get an Ethernet connection.

Company reps say the SMC Wireless Travel Voice Gateway will be suitable for use in a hotel room where there is broadband connectivity, enabling the user to avoid hotels' charges for long-distance and international calls.

Users would operate this device by plugging the uplink into the Ethernet connection and the hotel phone into the phone port, which enables Voip calls out. The Gateway also has There is also an line-in port to receive calls, which means a user can have it set up to user his or her work number.

The SMC Wireless Travel Voice Gateway can also operate as a wireless access point, so any SIP-compliant WiFi phone can also be used with it, and if there is no wired internet connection available, it can also operate as an Access Point client that can route traffic wirelessly to an AP installed at the site where the user is located within the hotel- such as a conference room, for instance.

This device will be sold beginning next month for a list price of $129.99.Vonage has not yet specifically approved the Travel Voice Gateway, but it sounds like SMC Networks would like that to happen.

Vonage Canada Wants Regulators To Investigate Voip "Surcharge"

Vonage Canada today says it has made a request  to the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to investigate Shaw Communications' "thinly veiled Voip tax" to determine if Shaw is unfairly driving up competitor's prices and forcing Western Canadians to pay more for phone service.

Vonage seems to object to Shaw's recommendations to its high-speed Internet customers that they pay an additional $10 charge if they use a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service provider such as Vonage Canada. Shaw claims its "quality of service enhancement" fee, which it does not charge to its own Internet phone customers, is necessary to ensure independent VoIP service is not disrupted or degraded.

"Shaw's Voip tax is an unfair attempt to drive up the price of competing VoIP services to protect its own high-priced service," said Joe Parent, vice president of marketing, Vonage Canada. "Shaw's actions are also part of a bigger issue of network neutrality and who controls how Canadians use their Internet service. Vonage Canada wants to ensure that the monopoly telephone and cable Internet service providers don't restrict what services, applications or content Canadians can access. Canadians demand and deserve freedom of choice."

Vonage said in its submission that Shaw had refused to provide a technical information for why this is necessary. I

"Because Vonage competes directly with the telephone services of the network operators that also provide the high-speed Internet access, the incentives to discriminate against us are clear," Vonage Canada said to the CRTC. "This will result in less innovation, less choice and higher prices for Canadian consumers in the long run."

"In the absence of credible, complete information, there is good reason to believe (Shaw's) service offering is not an enhancement to Shaw's high-speed Internet service," Vonage said, "but rather is an anti-competitive measure aimed at either increasing the perceived cost, or damaging the perceived reliability, of the services of independent Internet telephone service providers when compared to Shaw's higher-priced phone service."

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I often notice Vonage Forum threads started by Forum Members who are moving into a new home, and have some questions about their Vonage setup there.

Take today, when we have a new thread called Connecting Vonage to a New Home. The thread has been started by a new Vonage Forum Member named sbhall23.

"I am in the process of building a new house and once complete I want to go with Vonage instead of (the large landline phone company based in his part of the country). How do I configure Vonage to connect to the existing phone jacks in the house if there is no Network Interface Unit installed by the phone company?," sbhall23 asks.

Only seven minutes after sbhall23 puts up his post, reebok steps up to the plate with a responsive answer that shows why he is our current Vonage Forum Member of the Week.

"It should be the same way. the problem with (Network Interface Units) is disconnecting them before hooking up Vonage. so instead of a 2 step process, you have a one step process," writes reebok, who adds a disclaimer that since he is not 100% up on using existing wiring, so others may have better advice.

Actually, that is a good thing. I like it when Members- even hugely knowledgeable ones such as reebok- are candid enough to say that certain details are beyond their expertise. But with so many expert members, there's probably nothing that is covered in this Forum that at least one Member isn't really up on.

Speaking of expert Vonage Forum Members, NateHoy offers his help next.

"Just make sure all of the phone jacks are wired together (all the green wires are connected to all the other green wires, and all the red wires are connected to all the other red wires)," he writes. "Then, just use a standard RJ11 patch cable to connect the phone port into any wall jack in the house, and you should have Vonage throughout the house."

Vonage Forum Member mundy5 is next up.

"I would ask the builders to configure it in a homerun pattern to a central location like a junction box of some sort. Now all you have to do is make sure that the wire going out of the home to the NIU is appropriately sealed (preferably in an NIU unit that is disconnected from the telco)," he writes. "Now all you have to do is connect your Vonage unit to a nearby jack and plug phones into the other jacks and you are good to go."

On a new Vonage Forum thread called Adding 1 voice and 1 fax line to existing Vonage account?, Vonage Forum Member kazmi  describes what he would like to do.

"I have a project coming up where I needed 2 phone lines and a dedicated fax line (temporary setup)...," he writes. "My original setup is Comcast internet--->Linksys cable modem--->WRT54G---->RT31P2---->phone. "Can anyone please tell me how to go about setting up the system so that I can get maximum QoS?" 

He adds that his new RTP300 adapter is on its way from Vonage. 

NateHoy posts an answer on this thread as well.

"Just make sure the MAC addresses of any and all Vonage routers/adapters are set to HIGHEST," he writes, using ALL-CAPS for emphasis. At full quality, you will need 270k or thereabouts if you want to use all three lines at the same time, so you may want to consider taking your two voice lines down to 50k if you experience any issues (bandwidth saver).

"Both Vonage units should be wired to the WRT54G, NateHoy adds in closing.

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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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