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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

June 29, 2006

By Daniel Connor

Welcome to today's edition of the Vonage Voip Forum Digest. I have been traveling all week and my family is headed off to Europe for the summer this weekend so I need to take a few days off from the Digest.  This edition covers from today, June 29 through the Fourth of July Independence Day Holiday in the U.S., next Tuesday.

In the news, we'll catch up on Vonage's stock, as well as read what a very prominent reviewer is writing about the new Vonage V-Phone. We'll hear about an important vote yesterday in the U.S. Senate about net neutrality, which Vonage strongly favors. One of the Vonage co-sponsored racing teams is back in action tonight and we'll catch up with that.  Because we won't be publishing an edition on Friday,  we'll run our popular In the Blogs feature today.  We'll also go over a newly posted Vonage Forum thread 



In The News

Vonage Rises On The Stock Market

On Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $8.89 a share, up significantly from a session low of $8.53 a share and up 5 cents from Wednesday's $8.84 a share.  Total trading volume for Vonage yesterday was 699,200 shares. 

Once again, our Vonage Stock Forum can be reached from this link.

Vonage V-Phone Debuts To Rave Reviews

Rave reviews are coming in about the Vonage V-Phone, the device that Vonage unveiled yesterday. One that I just finished reading came from Bruce Meyerson of the Associated Press. 

"The $40 stick really just a USB drive pre-loaded with Vonage software and your account ID couldn't be much easier to use," Meyerson writes. "Upon inserting the V-Phone into the USB port, the software boots automatically in most cases, displaying an a small orange window with number pad. Depending on the computer, it took anywhere from 30 seconds to 90 seconds to complete this instant setup, which includes online authentication between the device and Vonage's servers.

"If the dialing window failed to appear, usually all that was needed was a click on the orange "V" icon in the system tray or a quick trip to "My Computer" to click the drive with the V-Phone," Meyerson adds. "Only in one instance, on my office computer, the application encountered a conflict with the Windows operating system that required a slightly unnerving fix that involved renaming drive."

Then Meyerson added that the V-Phone comes with its own jack for standard cell-phone earphones, a set of which Vonage includes in the package. "This jack is a big plus, as it means you don't need to find the separate sound and audio ports on a computer, and in the case of a desktop machine, you needn't unplug the speakers to plug in your earphones."

And as to the audio, Meyerson wrote that "the sound was certainly on par with many wireless calls, and when indoors, I often found myself using the V-Phone, my laptop and a Wi-Fi connection instead of my cell."

Meyerson, who is no pushover when it comes to reviewing new products, really does sound impressed. "This new product is in fact novel. It made mobile Internet-based calling enough of a snap that it could easily change user behavior, possibly driving more usage or stealing minutes from cell phones," he writes. "With the automated setup and single-prong jack, it takes a simplifying leap past existing devices."

And I would add that the V-Phone is available online now through the Vonage website for $40 plus $9 activation fee. Beginning in September it will be sold by several retailers with a total of more than 11,000 locations. 

Net Neutrality Bill Voted Down In U.S. Senate Committee

Yesterday a Senate committee rejected a proposal that would have required broadband providers to give their competitors the same speeds and quality of service as they give to themselves or their partners. The vote was an 11-11 tie.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's 11-11 vote means the net neutrality amendment will not be added to a wide-ranging broadband bill as it goes to the Senate floor. The amendment, offered by Senators Olympia Snowe of Maine and Byron Dorgan, of North Dakota would have prevented broadband providers such as AT&T . and Comcast from charging extra based on the type of content transmitted by Internet-based companies.

Late Wednesday, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said he'll place a hold on the broadband bill because it lacks strong net neutrality requirements. By placing a hold on the bill, Wyden is saying he may object to the Senate beginning debate on that legislation. A hold on a bill can lead to a filibuster, if Senate leaders aren't able to fix the senator's objections.

"If [broadband providers] get their way, not only will you have to pay more for faster speeds, you’ll have to pay more for something you get for free today: unfettered access to every site on the World Wide Web," Wyden said on the Senate floor. "To me, that’s discrimination, pure and simple."

The amendment would bring new regulation to the Internet," opponents added.

Vonage Co-Sponsored Drivers Race Tonight

The 2-hour 45-minute 'Brumos Porsche 250' gets underway at 7pm Eastern Time tonight at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. The #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype will, of course, be driven by Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel.

"The key to this event is to be prepared for the first session. You have to be fast right from the off as you just don't have the usual freedom to play around with a variety of set-ups," Dalziel said. "Considering what we know about the car and the track I think we'll be in good shape for our return to Daytona. We need to continue our run of strong results and anything less than a top-six will be disappointing for us."

"It's going to be a fun event that's for sure. It's great that we're back in action so quickly after the last race although it's going to be a frantic day for all of us," added teammate Figge. "The team has been doing an awesome job lately and I'm sure they'll rise to the challenge of our first one-day race meeting. Ryan and I have been pretty competitive lately and I'm confident that we'll be in the mix."

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 said about Vonage recently.

Here's what the Voip bloggers have been writing about:

Rich Tehrani of VoIP Blog is a big fan of the V-Phone. "Little things like soft client support and support for phones such as these are why Vonage  is a superior Voip solution for anyone traveling," he writes. "Strangely when so many people say that Vonage has a tremendous disadvantage being a single-play company in a triple-play world they don’t mention little niceties like this that distance them from your typical (local exchange carrier) or cableco. And no, I am not a shareholder of the company – I am just calling it as I see it." Which Rich always does, I might add.

Andy Abramson of VoIP Watch writes that he thinks some other commentators are being overly pessimistic about Vonage's fortunes. Still he thinks that Vonage needs to do some damage control.

On David Isenberg's isen.blog, he posts several links to pro net neutrality articles, petitions, and even a cartoon. 

Jeff Pulver of Pulver.com has been doing a lot of traveling, and posts lots of photos. When I checked last night he hadn't yet posted his views on Wednesday's net neutrality vote, but following Jeff's blog as I do, I am sure he will. In fact he may have already done so by the time you are reading this. 

Preston Gralla of Networking Pipeline doesn't like the position Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin is taking about net neutrality. In fact, he thinks that Martin is "in bed" with anti-net neutrality lobbyists. 

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog didn't write about Vonage this week, but since he does so often, keep checking. I'll bet he writes about Vonage again, soon. 

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog isn't as big a fan of the Vonage V-Phone as some of his colleagues are. 

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) writes about Vonage Chairman and Chief Strategist Jeffrey Citron's keynote speech this week at the Convergence 2.0 conference. .

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog writes a few posts about Vonage, including what he thinks about the V-Phone, and Vonage's marketing strategy. He also has some strong views about net neutrality-which Vonage favors.

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog didn't write about Vonage this week, but he believes that rather than a bad defeat, yesterday's 11-11 U.S. Senate Committee vote on net neutrality is a sign that the concept is gaining momentum in the U.S. Congress. 

Ken Camp of the Realtime-VoIP linked to an article that ranks Vonage the leading North American-based VoIP service based on the number of subscribers. 

Cynthia Brumfield of IP Democracy is very troubled by the Net neutrality vote. She quotes Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn who in a statement, said "Over the course of two days, the Senate Commerce Committee handed control of Internet content to the telephone and cable companies.. big companies win, and consumers lose." Then Cynthia added her view that "the tie vote, however, does not bode well for the bill’s ultimate passage in the Senate and is the closest vote yet in either the House or the Senate on the issue of net neutrality."

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he has a skeptical view of Vonage's stock price, as well as the support documentation for the F3000 phone. 

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. In a new blog I discovered called a few thoughts on the subject by rob wright, blogger Rob Wright (no surprise there) includes the text of a letter he wrote to his U.S. Senator, telling him why he should vote for Net Neutrality." We are still victims of the anti-competitive practices of AT&T. This statement becomes even clearer when one sees that Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are pitted against Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft, service providers verses their customers," Wright writes. In addition, Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft are synonymous with innovation. In contrast, my local and long distance provider, Vonage, has in a period of less than 5 years delivered more consumer services and innovation at a lower price than Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T combined. The cable and telecommunications companies are very good at delivering reliable utility services, but they do not produce the innovations necessary to grow and sustain the U.S. economy. To enable the telecommunication companies to penalize the innovators is incredibly detrimental to our economy. In this specific instance, the argument that government regulation hurts the competitive marketplace is simply a red herring. Government regulation may very well enable competition."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

On a new Vonage Forum thread that has been entitled, No Phone Svc after move WRTP54G router behind WIn2K firewall, new Vonage Forum Member Martinator describes his issue.

"I have integrated my new Vonage Linksys Wireless WRTP54G router into my existing Windows network. I am using a Windows 2000 Server with split NIC's to separate the outside world from the internal network," Martinator informs us.

Then Martinator adds that he is using the wireless part of the router to connect some wireless computers behind the firewall. "Everything works great. WRTP54G is configured with internal local IP address, dynamic IP and uses the Win 2000 server for DHCP relay," he writes. " It is plugged into our hub via patch cable."

But Martinator then gets to describing his particular issue.

"I did lose the phone service after I moved the router behind the firewall," he writes. "I hope that all I need to do is route the Vonage phone ports 10000-20000 through the Windows 2000 server to the WRTP54G router."

Martinator then ends his post by asking if someone can please provide or point to instructions for where in Windows 2000 (ISA, RRA or ?) he would go and what he needs to set up.

One of our most knowledgeable Members, NateHoy, answers Martinator's post. 

"You should not have to forward any ports to the WRTP54G. It requires only open, and not forwarded, ports," he writes.. "Make sure the following ports are open: 69 123 80 5060 and 5061 10,000-20,00 That should do it." 

Then Nate advises Martinator to check his firewall logs to make sure that no packets to the Vonage device are being blocked or discarded by the firewall.

By the way, I noticed that Nate has more than 1,605 posts in less than eight months here. That's more than six posts a day, counting weekends. At this pace, he'll reach 2,000 posts by the end of the summer.  Pretty speedy pace.

So What Does All That Voip Alphabet Soup Mean?

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 http://www.vonage-forum.com/voip-acronyms.html.

We've Updated Our Voip Speed Test

I wanted to call your attention to our upgraded Voip Speed Test.

Instead of the simple upload/download test, this one has all the reporting that is needed to diagnose ISP issues such as Jitter and Packet Loss.

The advanced report screen has been configured with a "Copy to Clip Board" button so you can easily paste the results in the forums.

I would like to thank the following members for giving valuable input during the beta testing: reebok, Steve48, NateHoy, VonageTPA, Trowski and scerruti.

For those of you that are interested in the details behind the results, the following are the tests parameters:

The test is located in Washington DC.

The data.bin file for the speed test upload/download is 10Mb with 8 seconds max time out.

75,000 bytes is used to calculate the number of supported Voip lines.

Other variables:

Voip lines simulated =1
voip bytes per packet =8
voip simulation seconds =10
voip packets per second =75

If you have any questions about this test, feel free to post them in this thread.

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.  Because of the long Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., we'll be back on Wednesday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, including our popular Vonage Forum Member of the Week feature!!




 
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