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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

January 26, 2007

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll see what one of Vonage's leading executives said during a keynote speech yesterday. We'll go to this Vonage Forum thread about Vonage equipment and another Vonage Forum thread about switching Internet access from cable to DSL. We'll also check in on Vonage's stock price. 



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Key Vonage Exec Outlines Vonage Vision

I was reading on Russell Shaw's blog that Vonage America president Michael Tribolet gave a keynote speech at the IP Telephony conference yesterday in Fort Lauderdale.

Here's what Russ reports:

Tribolet articulated the previously uttered view that Voip services such as Vonage are "inflection points" that could convince those residential subscribers who have not yet upgraded to high-speed Internet access to do so. In other words, people who have been convinced to try Vonage but need to upgrade their connections in order to facilitate.

The other key point- made before but made again here- Vonage's numbers point to the assertion that "223 million people have broadband." The fact that Vonage has two million subscribers indicates massive room for growth. And of course, all those new portable ways you can get your Vonage helps open up that market.

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Hey nothing wrong with making mistakes. With that in mind, let's review a "newbie mistake" admitted to by new Vonage Forum Member Skelp. He describes his mistake in a new Vonage Forum thread he's kicked off and named, Newbie mistake: phone adaptor, cable modem, but no router.

"Hi, I am a new Vonage customer who didn't do enough homework before subscribing, so now I need help... ," Skelp writes.

Well, Skelp you have come to the right place.

So let's read on:

"Today I bought a Linksys PAP2 Phone adaptor and then subscribed to Vonage with it. What I didn't realize was that if I want to make calls with Vonage, I have to disconnect the modem from my computer to connect it to the phone adaptor, because both adaptor and modem have only one Ethernet port. My understanding is that the only way to solve this is by getting a router.
1- What exactly is the purpose of a router? why aren't all modems routers, or all phone adaptors routers?
2- My cable connection is provided by RoadRunner: would they be able to provide me with a new modem/router?
3- If I return my phone adaptor (to Circuit City), where can I find a non wireless phone adaptor/router?
4- Any other suggestions? "

I like the fact that on the Vonage Forum we don't have flames from other Members insulting new Vonage users. Helpfulness is a large part of what we are about here.

In that spirit of helpfulness, fellow Vonage Forum Member alma_1916 offers a post with advice.

"A  router is used for internet connection sharing, which you need to make your comp and pap2 work at same time," writes alma_1916. Time-Warner (which owns Road Runner) would probably not change your modem, unless it is defective.

Then alma_1916 adds that the best advice he could give Skelp is if he really wants to return his Vonage device, "why not just get a Motorola vt2142 as replacement.vt2142 has built in router, in that way you can use comp and phone at same time," he writes. "Hope this helps."

Veteran Vonage Forum Member taylor2767 is thinking of switching his Internet access from cable to DSL. But because he wants to know what effect that might have on his Vonage service, he's decided to open a Vonage Forum thread that he has entitled, Thinking of switching from cable to DSL.

"What are the risk of using house wiring with the ATA using DSL," he asks. "I'm thinking of a basic phone line that I will not give the number out. Is this risky if I use the house wiring with the ATA?"

First up is Vonage Forum Member mundy5.

"If your house has cat5 wiring for the telephone, you should be fine since there are 4 pairs of wires and so you could use line 1 for your Vonage, line 2 for your DSL and line 3 for your regular land line," mundy5 points out.

But there's a catch, which mundy5 gets to.

"If you have only cat3 wiring which has only 2 pairs, then you are in a tight spot," mundy5 emphasizes.  "You would have to disconnect either the land line or the Vonage line. I would really not recommend sharing that line with both the Vonage and the landline.

"The reason is simple, " he adds, "the landline's number will become public information via the phone book hence open to solicitors of all kinds including non profits who legally can call you even if you are on the do not call list."

Then taylor2767 follows with a post in which he writes:

"That's kinda what I thought. I only have cat3 and really didn't want to buy a new cordless phone system with multiple handsets to plug directly into the ATA. OH well I guess I'll have to stick with cable and continue to threaten I'm gonna switch to get a little discount."

Another perspective on this matter is then provided by Vonage Forum Member of the Week Steve48.

"I'm not sure that I understand," Steve48 writes. "If you're looking to have DSL, plus a landline that's separate from the DSL, plus Vonage, then only having two available pairs is an issue.

"But if the basic phone service you were talking about is part of the DSL service,"Steve48 adds, "then you only need one pair for that and one for the Vonage line. That should work fine. The only risk is that you wire it correctly."

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On Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage's stock price closed at $5.81 a share, up 12 cents from Wednesday when on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $5.69 a share. Total Vonage shares traded on Thursday attained 777,500 shares.

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

We've Updated Our VoIP Speed Test

I'd like 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. Check with us on Monday for our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest.




 
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