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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - April 3, 2006


Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

April 3, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

First, I have some real interesting news. I've been crunching the numbers, and it turns out that March was the busiest month in Vonage Forum's three-year history. I can say this because we have had a total of 1,687,429 "hits," or page views. Every time someone (that could be you) clicks on a Vonage Forum page, that's one page view. We used to think one million page views a month was a great month. But now, you have all raised the standard! Thanks!

Now, I guess it is time to stop strutting our feathers around here and get down to business.

In the news, we'll catch up on just what happened to the Vonage gift that was in Oscar presenter George Clooney's gift bag. We'll also give a nod to all that talk about Vonage and where it is headed as a company. We'll also go over an Vonage Voip Forum thread about modem problems associated with a reader's Vonage service. This being Monday, we'll meet our Vonage Forum Member of the Week. And finally, we'll tell you about how you can "Digg" what you read on the Vonage Forum.



In The News

More Details Emerge About George Clooney's Vonage Auction

As many of you have read by now, actor-director George Clooney has auctioned off the Oscar gift bag for charity. Among many prizes, the bag included Vonage equipment and a year of Vonage phone service. Although the $45,100 winning price has been widely publicized, I see it has just come out that the winners were an unnamed family from Birmingham, Alabama. Proceeds from that winning bid will help fund relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina. 

I was thinking that family may have put up the bid because, after all, Birmingham is not too far from New Orleans, and that family may have gone to New Orleans often and being more fortunate, felt a responsibility to help. But why they did submit such a bid is not important. The fact they did is, important, though. I think the fact that Vonage was one of many companies whose donations made that bid possible says a lot.

Commentators Discuss Vonage's Future

There's been a lot of talk in recent days about whether Vonage will proceed with their plans to go public, continue the way they are as a growing company with 1.4 million subscribers and gaining more each day, or even see if one of the large telecommunications companies out there might be interested in pairing up with, or even acquiring Vonage. 

You'll be hearing a lot of patter, but I do know that for most current and prospective Vonage users, by far the most important issues relate to the here and now of Vonage's service, and technical questions about it. 

So my thinking is, although we won't ignore all the news and guesswork about the news out there, our main focus will continue to be about the here and now -being by far the primary independent Vonage-related resource on the Internet.

Of course, a big part of that is reflected by all the posts we get on the Vonage Voip Forum. I guess that's my way of saying, let's go there now.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Forum thread called Vonage and 911/Alarm system, new Vonage Forum Member kf4qhk mentions that he is trying to get his pastor and his pastor's family on Vonage. 

"The question that I have is... Is the 911 problem fixed? How does it work? As long as you log into your account and set up your address, does the address thing show up if you call 911?," he writes. "And second, they have an alarm. Is it difficult to set up the alarm system with the Vonage router?"

Vonage Forum Member Steve48 writes a reply post that addresses both issues.

"With regard to the 911, it depends on where he lives. In some areas, they have full 911 service and the address shows up if you make a call," he writes. "In other areas, you get routed through a center and have to provide your address."

Next, Steve48 writes about the alarm question.

"With regard to the alarm, the setup isn't difficult, but it can be a problem if you need to run special wiring," he writes. Basically the Vonage adapter needs to run to the alarm box instead of directly to the house jacks, and that can be easy or difficult depending on existing wiring." He adds, though, that there are some alarm systems that Vonage doesn't work with.

At this point, I feel I should tell you that we have a special Forum here about this issue. It is called Fax - Tivo - Alarms. I've just made a link to the main page of that Forum, but if you want the Web address, it is http://www.vonage-forum.com/forum9.html.

I notice that many threads are from new Vonage Forum Members who are planning on switching from their old phone service to Vonage, but would like advice about either specific equipment by brand, or general setup. It appears that when he started a new thread called Equipment advice: PAP2, WRTP54GP2, WRTP54G, new Vonage Forum Member tpspeier was and is looking for some of both.

"I am ready to make the switch to Vonage and I need a little help with equipment choices," writes tpspeier, who adds that his current setup is:  My setup is currently:

Cable Modem -> Linksys BEFW11S4 ---> PC 1 (moderate internet usage) ---> Network Printer (light usage) ---> PC 2 (rare internet usage) ---> Linksys BEFW11S4 (second router used just as a switch)------> PC3 (moderate internet usage)------> PC4 (rare internet usage).

He ads that he can currently get the PAP2 for less than $36 at Circuit City, the WRTP54GP2 for less tan $3 at buy.com, or the WRTP54G for $29 (Circuit City).

"I was planning on putting whatever device I bought on the first router and moving either PC2 or the Network Printer to the second router," tpspeier writes.

"My question is this: will all of the three given devices work with my current BEFW11S4 even though it does not have a manual QoS setting? I am leaning toward the WRTP54GP2 since it is free and can serve as a backup router if I need it (I would disable the wireless and not use any it as a router, just a phone device)," adds speier, whose first name is Thomas. "Please let me know if something seems broken or if this setup should work."

"The setup should work. The lack of QoS is worrisome, but it's the same with any of the adapters," writes Steve48, last week's Vonage Forum Member of the Week. "I think you're making a good choice."

Then Steve48 suggests to speier that he try making a test call to Boston at www.testyourvoip.com . "It will give you an idea of the kind of service you're likely to get with Voip with your internet service provider."

This is Monday, time for our Vonage Forum Member of the Week Many Vonage Forum Members were so helpful this week, but as you have read in today's Vonage Forum Digest, none more than Steve48. So let us just keep Steve48 as Member of the Week. 

We're finalizing some under-the-hood stuff here that will let you vote for Member of the Week. Might be as soon as next Monday.

You may have noticed that on that last thread we wrote about called Equipment advice: PAP2, WRTP54GP2, WRTP54G, Steve48 mentioned testyourvoip.com. Given that advice, it might be worth repeating some information here about what information would be helpful to include in the post or posts you make after doing that test.

What Info To Post When You Are Having Tech Problems

A good number of threads and posts on the Vonage Forum are devoted to a technical issue a Forum Member is having with their 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 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."

Can You Digg It?

Digg is a free technology news website that lets you recommend articles you think others would be interested in. Digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

According to Digg, "once a story is submitted by a user it is instantly posted in the digg area queue. This is a temporary holding place where stories wait to be promoted to the homepage. To help promote stories to the homepage, simply visit the digg area and digg stories you think are cool. Once a story has received enough diggs, it is instantly promoted. Should the story not receive enough diggs, or is reported, it eventually falls out of the digg area queue. Digg works because a large group of people actively promote good stories to the homepage. Since this site's content is user-driven, it is up to YOU to contribute.

If you found today's issue of the: Vonage Forum Daily Digest Interesting; then Please Digg it!

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




 
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