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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

July 21, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll catch up on Vonage's stock, and read a citation from a new analyst report about how Vonage is changing telecommunications. Today is Friday, time for our In The Blogs feature. We'll also go over a newly posted Vonage Forum thread about connection issues, and another Vonage Forum thread about wiring and connection problems.

In The News

Vonage Keeps Rising On The Stock Market

On Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $7.18 a share, up from a session low of $7.02 a share, and up 10 cents (1.41%) from Wednesday's price of  $7.08 a share.  Total trading volume for Vonage yesterday was 1,049,900 shares. 

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

New Report Says Vonage Is Breaking Down Old Communications Business Models

According to a new report by telecommunications analyst Paul Budde, Vonage is one of the companies that is breaking down the old telecommunications business models that, a summation of the report says, "are mainly built around monopolistic market structures."

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 doesn't write about Vonage this week, but earlier this month Rich wrote a post in which he made it clear that he 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 about charges that Vonage has been distributing spyware, a charge that Vonage denies. 

On David Isenberg's, he posts several links to pro net neutrality articles, as well as makes fun of the fact that one of the leading U.S. Senators in a position to do something (or not do anything) about net neutrality doesn't seem to understand how the Internet actually works.

Jeff Pulver of writes several posts about the ability of Voip to provide disaster relief solutions. 

Preston Gralla of Networking Pipeline writes his thoughts on Vonage's future prospects, and the spyware controversy.

Om Malik of Om Malik's Broadband Blog sees more competition for Vonage from a leading softphone provider (not Skype). 

Tom Keating of VoIP Blog also writes about this spyware stuff. Earlier this month, Tom blogged his thoughts on the effect of Vonage buying three patents from Digital Packet Licensing Inc. The three patents, which are known as U.S. Patent Nos. 4,782,485, 5,018,136 and 5,444,707, are directed to the compression of packetized digital signals commonly used in Voip technology.

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 competition coming for Vonage from one of those softphone companies. .

Russell Shaw of the ZDNet IP Telephony blog also writes about the Vonage spyware issue raised by researcher Ben Edelman, but he also quotes Vonage spokesperson Brooke Schulz as saying, "Vonage has investigated every case of spyware that has been brought to its attention and terminated the relationship immediately with the entities in question who we find are in fact using spyware. We believe Mr. Edelman's claims that this is a significant problem with our advertising are unfounded. Vonage takes this issue seriously and is committed to having good policing policies in place to prevent our brand from being sullied by unscrupulous spyware operators."

Paul Kapustka of the Paul Kapustka blog also isn't a fan of the revised Universal Service Fund rules, which he believes, will stifle innovation. 

Ken Camp of the Realtime-VoIP writes his thoughts on some of Vonage's competitors.

Cynthia Brumfield of IP Democracy writes her usual diet of very well-thought out pro-net neutrality posts and links. Last week she made a post in which she made it plain she thinks the cost of Internet phone service is bound to come down as a result of competition. She also has a funny story about the tech misadventures of a leading Vonage competitor- a traditional phone company with a name that begins with the same letter as Vonage's does. 

On Ted Wallingford's The VoIP Weblog, he seems to have taken another week off (sounds like a great idea), but a couple of weeks ago he reviewed the Vonage V-Phone, and also writes that he thinks companies like Vonage are having an effect on how traditional phone companies are doing business. Quoting from a New York Tines article, Ted wrote that "as the story says, it'll be a while before the Voip companies will have phone companies cowering in fear, but they are offering more services to keep their customers instead of seeing them walk away without a fight. The arrogance of the big phone companies is beginning to wear off, and true competition will emerge for voice services and eventually the consumer will win."

From time to time, we like to feature interesting and entertaining posts from Blogs that are not necessarily about VoIP, but mention Vonage. In the Lifehacker blog, that I came across a little while ago, blogger Gina Trapani notes that new homeowner Jason Levine decided against a landline at the new house and went with internet phone service Vonage instead, and documented the setup and configuration. She quotes Jason as saying, "I really like the fact that Vonage gives us the ability to have our voicemails digitized and sent to our email, and that we can configure everything via the web (like forwarding our phone -- it feels right in this day and age to be able to manage our phone service via the internet, and to be able to take our phone service with us if we're going anywhere for a prolonged period of time.." "Interesting - and reassuring - read (with pictures!) for anyone considering switching to Voip for their home phone line," Gina adds.

On The Vonage Voip Forum

Ever since he's purchased his new wireless router, Vonage Forum Member pitroad has been having some Vonage connection issues. Because he has been experiencing these bug, pitroad decided to see if he could pull out of the tech glitch pit by opening a new Vonage Forum thread that he's named Get voice or data but not both.

"I just purchased a WRT54GL wireless router and loaded it with the latest thibor code 15c," pitroad tells us. 

He says his configuration is as follows: Roadrunner cable modem>WRT54GL>RT31P2. 

"I am running a desktop (ethernet) and the RT31P2 off the WRT54GL ethernet ports. The Rt31P2 is a Vonage router for my VOIP," he explains.  :I also have a wireless laptop running off the WRT54GL.

"The problem I am having is if the telephone (voip) is in use the desktop internet connection just hangs until the Voip call is terminated," pitroad explains. "The wireless laptop Internet connection is not effected. I had QOS enabled on the WRT54GL with the upstream bandwidth set." 

And then pitroad tells us that even though he has disabled QoS he still has the same issue."

Vonage Forum Member Steve48 sees pitroad's post and responds. 

"If you're using any sort of MAC cloning," writes Steve48,  "you might try disabling that as well."

Because new Vonage Forum Member MVMERK had a Vonage-related wiring question, he started a thread that he calls, Home Wiring LINKSYS WRTP54G Phone to CAT 5

"Only able to use 1 phone, coming out of 1 of the wireless router phone output jacks. New house, Fiber Optic, cable co. says modem is external?? Called cable co because I can't get other phones to work by plugging in active phone line into one of my wall jacks," MVMERK posts.

He then adds that his cable company, who also wired the phone connections in his house says he can hook up the wireless router in the basement phone connection location by doing the following. Plug active ethernet cable into wireless router, then plug ethernet (marked by specific room name) into out part of wireless router. 

"That part works fine and I tested my internet connection and it is fine. On the phone side, they said unplug the current phone line currently plugged into "line in" and instead use the phone cable coming out of the router and go to the line in," adds MVMERK. "They said this should activate the phone jacks throughout my house."

But this is where MVMERK describes the problem.

"The current cord going into the line in is a CAT -5, i.e. the fat end cable and obviously the phone cord coming out of the router is the skinny regular phone cable," he writes. "Any suggestions on how to make this connection?"

Fellow Vonage Forum Member Maestro responds.

"Do you mean it's an RJ-45 opposed to an RJ-11," he asks. "(the cable company) installed Category 5 cable, you should get your money back. Category 5 cable has not been recognized for new installations for a long time." 

"The minimum allowed for new residential cabling is Category 5e," Maestro then informs MVMERK. "You should be able to get an RJ-45 to RJ-11 adapter at Radio Shack."

Check Out Our Hard-Wiring Installation Forum

That thread we just discussed gives me the idea to spotlight the Hard-Wiring Installation Forum section of our Vonage Forums.

Although hooking up Vonage for service is not difficult at all, new as well as experienced Vonage users sometimes have questions about the right technical setup. Other new and experienced Vonage Forum Members that are moving sometimes post threads here about hard wiring and installation in the place where they have just moved to or are about to. Once again, you will find a linked list of threads about the issues reflected in the title of this Vonage Forum area. 

I notice that the Hard-Wire Installation Forum is approaching 3,000 posts. Here's the link.

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 Monday 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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