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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, September 21, 2006

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

September 21, 2006

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll learn how one developer has hacked Vonage, but in a good and creative way. We'll go over a Vonage Forum thread about a high-tech router question, as well as a thread about a router-related Static IP Address issue.

In The News

Blogger-Coder Adds Additional Functions To His Vonage Ser ice

Blogger Phil Windley writes that he was thinking it would be cool if he could manage what number his Vonage number forwarded to using an API (Application Program Interface).

"Then I could use the presence information in my IM application to drive where that one number sent my calls. Sometimes I want them to ring through to the handset, sometimes I want them to go to my cell and often I want them to go straight to voicemail (I hate telephones).

Well, Vonage doesn’t have an API, but they do have a very cool RESTful service that allows you to initiate calls from your Vonage number to some other party," he writes. "This means you can integrate the address book on your computer with your Vonage phone in some nice ways."

I better interrupt here. In this case, REST doesn't mean relaxation. It means Representational State Transfer, which, and I am greatly simplifying, is a concept meant to define software architectures used on the Web.

"For example, I use the OSX Address Book application and this script allows me to simply click on the phone number in the Address Book to initiate a call. My phone rings and when I pick it up, it initiates the call to the number I want."

If you code jock readers out there want some more details of what Windley is talking about, the link to his article, and to the code within it, is here

On The Vonage Voip Forum

New Vonage Forum Member seanjuan4u opens a thread with the name of, WRT54GL SD/MMC MOD & firmware compatibility.

"I'm looking to implement a good QoS solution for turning my RTP300 into a Vonage only device," he writes. "After reading through posts, I've concluded that the consensus is to put it behind a WRT54GL using Thibor firmware build 14. After doing a little more research, I ran across some MODs for this device, specifically the SD/MMC mod which runs firmware build dd-wrt v23SP1. 

"I guess my question is if there is any benefit to using one firmware over the other, or if there is a stability factor to consider between the two builds," he asks.  Does anyone know if Thibor's build will run on a router that has been modded?? 

"Obviously the mod provides a better workhorse and greater routing capabilities, as well as, an almost endless source of practical applications," he observes. He adds that his  main concern is protecting the integrity of his VoIP calls while performing applications that need the bandwidth.

"When it comes down to it,"seanjuan4u admits, "I may not need to use all of the functionality of the modded router but wouldn't mind obtaining one if there is someone who is using it and/or can provide a good recommendation."

Vonage Forum Member meatpop reads seanjuan4u's thread-opening post and writes a post with some of his thoughts.

"I was going to have the same topology. I was intrigued by the various WRT54GL mods, I just acquired 2 wireless laptops to add to the 8 other hard-wired machines on my LAN -- which was behind an RTP300," meatpop writes.

"What ended up happening was the opposite," adds meatpop. "I ended up putting the WRT54GL on as a mere WAP, hard-wired to one of the RTP300's 4 RJ45s, the rest of my LAN remained connected to a switch that was hard-wired to another RTP300 port, and the WRT54GL was plugged into the only power I had available the day I config'ed it, a wall-socket that was controlled by a light-switch.

"It worked great," meatpop says. "Even though I was confident that I secured the Wireless portion of the network, I had the peace-of-mind of knowing I could flip off the light-switch as I went to bed and completely turnoff wireless access to my LAN.

"When I get to the point where I really need another hobby, meatpop adds, " I (may) revisit the whole mod'ed WRT54GL, but for now it is fine!

"I appreciate the response, but my LAN simply consists of two wireless laptops and a desktop," seanjuan4u replies. "I'm mainly interested in the QoS functionality of this router more than anything else which would definitely require me to put it in front of the RTP300. I'm just looking for input on preferred 3rd party firmware for this unit if it is modded vs. the recommended 3rd party firmware for a standard model right out of the box." 

Next, seanjuan4u confides what he is going to do.

"Apparently there aren't too many folks running this router in a modded fashion (at least in conjunction with Vonage) which is disappointing, but I guess for what I need, I can just buy a new one and perform the firmware upgrade that everyone has talked about throughout these threads," he tells us. "Thanks again for your time."

On a new Vonage Forum post that is called Static IP Address, new Vonage Forum Member Trashman describes his circumstances and then asks his question.

"I've had the Vonage service for almost a year and greatly enjoy the service. I do, sometimes get 'drop out' audio when using my internet connection," he writes. "So, the obvious problem is I'm not using the PC port to run my router thru so it can throttle down the bandwidth."

And then Trashman writes that the reason he doesn't use the PC port is it only seems to work if he sets my computer up with automatic DHCP. "I prefer to use static IP addresses so I can individually call up a computer on my network using a program like remote administrator," he says.

"MY question is this, is there a way to use the PC port on the back of the Vonage unit and still have assigned IP addresses?," Trashman ends his post by asking.

In a follow-up answer to an initial question by fellow Vonage Forum Member vonalink, Trashman writes that his Vonage device is a reconditioned Motorola VT1005RB.

"Most broadband providers do not give you a static IP address unless you pay extra for it," vonalink replies. "Your Vonage device is a combination router and phone adapter. On the WAN side, the router is a DHCP client to your broadband provider. 

"The router also acts as your LAN's DHCP server, so when you connect your PC to the router's LAN jacks, your PC must use DHCP or have its IP address set statically within the LAN's subnet range," vonalink explains. "A computer can be behind a router is still be accessible by public internet if you setup your router to forward certain ports to your PC's private IP address.

Then vonalink explains that if  your broadband provider is giving your network a dynamic IP address (as most do; address may change periodically), you can register your own domain name and use something like to reliably access your network by domain name from the public Internet.

What Does All That Alphabet Soup Mean?

Wow, I'd have to admit that even more than usual, those two Vonage Forum threads I just wrote about have 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

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On Wednesday  on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $7.14 a share, which was down six cents from Tuesday's $7.20 a share but up 4 cents from a session low of $7.10 a share. Total Vonage shares traded on Wednesday added up to 373,600 shares.

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

Check Out Our New Vonage Forum Toolbar

After a ton of hard work and months of beta testing, I am happy to announce the release of the Vonage Forum Toolbar.

The Vonage Forum Toolbar can provide you with easy desktop access to your Vonage Voicemail as well as total minutes used during your billing period, It works for all, and users.

The Vonage Forum Toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

If you have questions, or comments, I've made a NEW Vonage Forum Toolbar Thread. Here's the direct 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.

That's what's hot about Vonage today. We'll be back on Friday morning with our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, including our popular In The Blogs feature!

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