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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

July 11, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

First, let me tell you some really good news. Late Monday afternoon we logged our 25 millionth page view on the Vonage Forum since we started up here in March,2003. Every time you click on a separate page here- a post, an article, whatever- that's another page view. So thanks for voting with your mouse! So now, we can say we've exceeded 30,000 Members AND 25 million page views. For now, on to 26 million...

In the news, we'll catch up on Vonage's stock, as well as read about three U.S. patents Vonage has acquired, and what major sports event Vonage will be a title sponsor of. Hints: no, it is not auto racing, and it involves women.  We'll also go over a newly posted Vonage Forum thread on a Vonage voice mail issue, and the other one about a wireless security platform solution that seems to be blocking one of a user's Vonage lines.

In The News

Vonage Stock Price Report

On Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $7.40 a share, up from a session low of $7.32 a share. Friday's closing price was $7.67 a share.  Total trading volume for Vonage Monday was 1,096,200 shares.

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

Vonage Buys Three Patents- Says This Will Help Settle Patent Suits

Vonage says announced that it has acquired ownership of three patents from Digital Packet Licensing Inc. that enable voice over internet protocol technology (VoIP). The three acquired patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 4,782,485, 5,018,136 and 5,444,707, are related to the compression of packetized digital signals commonly used in Voip technology.

"We're committed to developing, acquiring and protecting the root technologies that are at the heart of our business," said Michael Tribolet, president, Vonage America Inc. "The acquisition of these patents is part of Vonage's strategic plan to further develop our core technology and build on our innovative, affordable and feature-rich phone service. Vonage's strategic plan also includes a concerted effort to grow, create and acquire other significant intellectual property portfolios."

Vonage's says its acquisition of these three significant patents now places them  in control of pending litigation against Sprint Communications LP and Verizon Communications, among others, in federal court for infringement of one of these Voip patents. Vonage is presently in cross-licensing negotiations with regard to them. Vonage adds that leading telecommunications companies including Motorola, Time Warner, Qwest Communications and others have already settled with and/or taken a license from Digital Packet on these Voip patents, and as a result of acquiring the Voip patents, Vonage also assumes ownership and control over these agreements.

Vonage To Present WNBA All-Star Game

Vonage has announced that they will be the first-ever presenting partner of the WNBA All-Star Game.

Through the new partnership Vonage will also be the official presenting partner of the 2006 WNBA All-Star MVP Award and the WNBA All-Star Game halftime ceremony where the league will honor the members of the WNBA All-Decade Team that was announced earlier this season. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Vonage will be the presenting sponsor of ESPN's WNBA All-Star Game telecast.

The 2006 WNBA All-Star Game will take place be televised live on ESPN tomorrow night at 7 p.m. from Madison Square Garden In New York.

Leading up to and throughout the All-Star game, Vonage will feature signage during various All-Star events, within the ESPN game telecast, courtside signage, and on the court promotion

"The goals and ideals of the WNBA and Vonage share a common thread," said WNBA President Donna Orender. "The WNBA takes great pride in the accessibility of our players and the easy-to-use nature of our games which are affordable and family-friendly. Vonage prides itself in how easy it is to become a Vonage customer, on their reliable, speedy service and a drive to be the best."

"This is a slam-dunk for Vonage! We view serving as the presenting partner of the WNBA All-Star game as a tremendous opportunity to reach women and families who watch the longest running and most successful women's professional sports league," Vonage America president Michael Tribolet says. "Vonage is excited about the opportunity to raise awareness around the globe about its flat-rate feature rich broadband phone plans with this pioneering and inspirational sports league."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

Vonage Forum Member fatboyntn wants to know "the skinny" on a voice mail issue he has been having associated with his Vonage service. That's why he started a new thread that he's calling, Can't play voicemail with XMMS

"I have been using Vonage's voicemail on Linux for quite awhile," writes fatboyntn, whose actual first name is Terry. "At some point (last year, maybe?) the voicemail WAV files quit working with XMMS. I was able to play them in kaboodle on my laptop, but now I am spending more time on my office PC and can't find a player under Mandrake 9 that can play it." 

Then, fatboyntn asks if his is related to a CODEC change- and if, so does he need to upgrade my libwav or install a plug-in that can deal with Vonage wav files?

Vonage Forum Member reebok follows up by suggesting to fatboyntn that he check out two Vonage Forum threads: and

"I use Xine, with all the essential codecs from MPlayer," responds Vonage Forum Member cwwilson. "You may just need the codecs, tho." 

Next, cwwilson suggests to fatboyntn that he get the codecs from and go to downloads. "Get the essential codecs, extract them to /usr/lib/codecs, then symlink /usr/lib/win32 to that. Example: Code: ln -s /usr/lib/codecs /usr/lib/win32."

Next, fatboyntn follows up by thanking cwwilson but writing that, "I think my version of mplayer is too old to support the "essential codecs" download. I could not get it to work with xine/mplayer. However I did find a nice utility called sfconvert". 

He explains that sfconvert  will convert the file to a regular WAV file. To determine the codec, he used sfinfo.

In a new Vonage Forum thread entitled SonicWALL tz 170 blocking line 2, Vonage Forum Member bob4jga  offers a description of his issue involving the Sonic WALL TZ170 wireless security platform.

"I have a Sonic Wall tz 170 and line 1 works fine but line 2 won't ring. I found in my log file that sip port 5061 is getting dropped although 5060 does he writes. "Originally I went with the SIP Transformations on the Voip page and that got me up and running fine for line 1." 

Line 2, though, is where bob4jga has been running into trouble. 

"To try and get line 2 working I've done everything I can think of from allowing all traffic from the Voip proxy to allowing port 5061 from anywhere," he writes. These are not long term solutions but just to see if I could get it to work and then work backwards from there. Is this a bug in my Sonic WALL? It's OS enhanced"

It is at this point where VonageTPA, one of our most knowledgeable Vonage Forum Members, weighs in.

"I've not used that particular Sonic Wall unit, but I'd suggest opening UDP traffic to 5061," he writes. 

I don't think this is a 'bug' per-say, just a matter of getting the right settings in there," VonageTPA says, adding that while "5060 is the 'standard' SIP port, 5061 is an alternative used when there's more than 1 SIP line on a single device."

What Does All That Alphabet Soup Mean?

Both threads we went over today, sure had several abbreviations! So 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

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:, 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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