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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

April 21, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

Today is a very busy day, so let's just do that- and get busy.

In the news, we'll learn about reports of Vonage service outages yesterday, and a website that has just added Vonage equipment from several vendors. We'll also check in on an interesting and somewhat unusual position Vonage is interviewing candidates for.  Today is Friday, the day for our popular In The Blogs Feature. We'll also go over a Vonage Voip Forum thread about a burned out adapter and a possibly blown out router intended for use with Vonage's service.

In The News

Vonage Users Report Service Outages

Starting mid-afternoon Eastern Time yesterday, and lasting for a couple of hours, Many Vonage Forum Members reported outages. Since the last post was at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, it appears that the problems have been resolved. The Vonage Forum thread where these outage reports have been assembled is entitled Outage - April 20, 2006.

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Vonage has announced that online discount retailer, will soon star to sell Vonage-enabled starter kits on

Starter kits will feature devices from Linksys, Uniden and VTech.

A friend of mine just emailed me a listing Vonage has placed on a jobs board called The position is for a Vonage staff videographer.

Here's the ad:

"We are looking for a self-sufficient, organized, and creative individual to serve as our Videographer for Vonage’s closed circuit television station. Successful candidates will have 2-3 years of shooting experience, and must be familiar with audio-video equipment. Knowledge of Avid editing and basic graphic skills are a plus. Experience may include work at a College or University cable station. Great communication skills are required and candidate needs to be a self-starter who takes initiative in the station’s productions. Knowledge of proper lighting and audio-video quality are a must. Candidate must be a team player.:

The ad then continues with a description of the job's responsibilities.

"Responsibilities include: Gathering video as the primary content of the closed circuit cable channel and video production unit. Candidate will be responsible for efficient gathering of large amounts of video. Individual will also handle day to day operations and scheduling of studio within cable station. Position will require shooting of new products for external video in a timely manner. Candidate will research and coordinate interviews with employees and customers. Other duties may include teleprompting and floor directing. Resourceful when creating new programming ideas for the channel. May require travel to gather b-roll at company events. Individual will organize and update b-roll library of footage."

The link to this job listing is at: To view the ad you need to complete a brief, free registration form on the mediabistro site.

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:

On David Isenberg's, he takes a screen grab from an article that mentions that out of the 50 U.S. states Connecticut has the highest rate of broadband subscribers per population. You need broadband to use Vonage. Not only that, though, but I guess they contacted me. I live in Connecticut, I have broadband, and of course I have Vonage. So does that make me a statistic? 

Preston Gralla of Networking Pipeline writes that one large European carrier may be blocking calls from that big softphone provider most of you have heard of. 

Jeff Pulver of posts links to a petition he and some associates submitted to the FCC last Month that promotes the use of Voip for emergency communications- such as might be necessary if another Hurricane Katrina hits. He also says the Internet community could do better at crafting messages marketing the concept of net neutrality.  

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog doesn't think that same big softphone provider Preston writes about is growing as fast as they claim they are. 

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog writes about the different ways his wife and him react to every Vonage blip. "My wife has been using Vonage for the past 3 years with me and she complains at every little Vonage hiccup, every little 'fast busy'''''' when dialing, every little Internet outage that brings down the phone line," Tom writes. "She used to complain about the sound quality on the VoIP connection all the time, but she has gotten better. Or perhaps she's resigned to the fact that I'm never going back to PSTN. Me? I'm like 'Hey, sounds great to me.' "

Mark Evans of the Telecom .. and Tech blog (he's from Canada, which is a northern country, and writes more posts about telecom and tech) doesn't write about Vonage this week, but he recently wrote that he isn't happy that the Canadian Radio and Television Commission failure to take strong action on telecom deregulation.

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes about Vonage looking for lots of techies to work out of their headquarters in Holmdel, New Jersey. 

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog endorses Jeff Pulver's emergency services petition to the FCC, which we've described above. 

Ken Camp of the Realtime-VoIP also endorses Pulver's petition, and last week he posted an interesting and quite technical post in which he describes some issues surrounding Voip audio. 

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch links to Russ' post describing and analyzing a recent Harris Interactive survey about Voip users. That survey had lots of information about Vonage users. Here's a link to Andy's post, in which he links to Russ' post.

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog doesn't write about Vonage this week, but last week he included an excerpt from an interview he did in the Charlotte Observer newspaper, in which he was quoted as saying that Voip is going mainstream. I happen to think Rich is right. 

Cynthia Brumfield of IP Democracy writes that a group called most often known for backing liberal causes- has just sent out an email to their membership asking them to let their Congressmen and Senators know that net neutrality ought to be supported. 

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he writes that he was interviewed about Voip in his local newspaper just outside Cleveland, Ohio. Congrats, Ted.

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), he writes that because some people consider VoIP services kind of complicated to set up, he's written an article on his site entitled "How To Distribute Voip Throughout A Home." Great article. Here's the link.

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 new blog I just found called Christi's MySpace Blog, U.K. native but current Georgia resident Christi writes "how cool" it is that she now has Vonage service. "I just got the Vonage system hooked up, so I know have a (Georgia) number," she writes. "It's great because all of you can call me whenever you want, and it won't cost you anything. It is a (area code) 770 cool is that....just remember I am 5 hours before you start drunk dialing think....'are they asleep, am I gonna give her a heart attack'- you all know how being woke from my sleep scares the (heck) outta me and I automatically think the worst....So Please just remember that. Can't wait to hear form you all. It will be so much easier keeping in touch."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Forum thread called RTP300 power supply adapter failed during primary setup, new Vonage Forum Member tango_tams describes his situation.

"I am trying to configure RTP300 in India (Hyderabad). Using reliance broadband connection with 128KBPS unlimited, got a static IP," he writes, adding that he connected the devices as mentioned in the Installation and Troubleshooting guide.

Next, tango_tams describes his steps, which were:

Powered off laptop DELL Inspiron 2200), connected the broadband cable to the Internet port, connected Ethernet Network Cable to port 1 and the other end to the PV, and connected the power adapter to the router's power port.

Tango_tams then details what happened next.

"The laptop power adapter and router power adapter both were connected to SPIKE GUARD, as soon as I switched on the spike guard the lights flashed on the RTP300 router for10 secs and later the router power adapter started stinking with burning smell and the spike guard fuse had gone bad," he writes.

"My brother sent it from US and now I need to know if I need to get any other adapter with same inputoutput statistics or do I need to get a adapter that can work the RTP300 in INDIA." he points out.

Only a little more than an hour after tango_tams made his post, current Vonage Forum Member of the Week NateHoy posted a reply.

"You can use any 12V adapter that is capable of 1A or more of 12V output. I think it should be pin (center) POSITIVE, ring (outside) NEGATIVE," NateHoy points out. "At least that's what it is on the WRTP54G, which is the same router with wireless.

NateHoy then tells tango_tams that he should also be able to take the fried adapter into any electronics store and get a replacement 12V power supply. "Just have the tech there check the plug size, polarity, voltage, and amperage capacity."

Then Nate adds this important point: "Was this 110 or 220 power? The power adapters supplied with the RTP300 and WRTP54G are, unfortunately, NOT voltage auto-sensing.

"Hopefully, the burnout did not continue into the RTP300," NateHoy writes.

Then, VonageTPA -another of our most knowledgeable members- makes a key point.

"Most parts of India run on 230vAC, 50Hz," he mentions, "so you sent the power adapter twice as much power as it was designed to run on. "Hopefully you've not blown out the RTP300, but I would be a bit worried about it."

At that point, tango_tams comes back with a follow-up post.

"Thanks Nate and VonageTPA for your immediate responses" writes tango_tams, adding that because the RTP300 doesn't release a burned out smell the way his power adapter does, that he doesn't think the blowout continued to the RTP300. He does say he will take the gear to the store to get the RTP300 tested- and to purchase a new adapter." 

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 Member of the Week feature!!

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