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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest, February 6, 2007


Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

February 6, 2007

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll learn about a testing lab Vonage is teaming up with to test products for Vonage compatibility- before these products go on sale. Then we'll go to this Vonage Forum thread about an adapter question, and one about installing multiple routers on a Vonage setup. We'll also check in on Vonage's stock price.



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Vonage Contracts With Testing Lab

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has been approved as the first external testing facility to pre-screen Internet telephony devices for compatibility with the services of Vonage.

At Vonage’s request, vendors will ship test-products to the UNH-IOL for analysis of their calling abilities as well as their interoperability with the multi-vendor Vonage network. Once tested at UNH-IOL, the equipment will be tested in the carrier’s own lab.

“The UNH-IOL is a well-respected test house with a strong reputation for objectivity and a high degree of technical expertise,” said Daniel Smires, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vonage. “We’re leveraging that expertise to safeguard network interoperability and to deliver the best possible services to our customers.”

The UNH-IOL will perform the testing as a service to members of its Voip Consortium, a collaborative testing program helping vendors, service providers and forums such as the SIP Forum and IMS Forum deliver quality, interoperable Voip systems.

“It’s a given that most customers taking the plunge into Voip have little patience for anything but toll-quality calls and constant uptime, so customer-focused service providers like Vonage have little margin for error,” said UNH-IOL Senior Engineer Lincoln Lavoie. “This test suite has been developed in the practically universal interest of quality, interoperable products.”

 

On The Vonage Voip Forum

We'll start by "eyeing" Vonage Forum Member fisheye's interesting new thread that he has entitled, RT31P2 Drops Offline Frequently.

"I live in the Washington DC area, and have Verizon FIOS," fisheye writes. "I have two phone lines, one of which I use a lot. Nothing is plugged into the RT31P2 except phone lines, and the adapter is on a UPS. 

Next, fisheye posts his  numbers from the Vonage Speed Test, which we describe below. He follows that in the same post by writing:

"I have tried everything I can think of (repower, reset the Vonage router, etc.). I tried downloading firmware from Linksys, but got an error message when I tried to load the .bin file.

"Calling tech support was a waste of time," he tells us. "I don't want to buy a new adapter and be back in the same spot a week later. Sound quality is decent, but it goes offline once every day or two. (Verizon) FIOS is super-reliable and consistent so I do not believe that is the problem."

Fellow Vonage Forum Member xcrunxc has some ideas about what might be causing these problems.

"About the firmware to begin with, Vonage automatically pushes new firmware out to your device, you cannot just use vanilla Linksys firmware on Vonage adapters," xcrunxc writes.

"Now, as for the intermittent loss of dialtone. When you lose dialtone, this means your device cannot connect to the Vonage servers to register," he points out. "This can be caused by your internal network dropping. Any routers in front of the Vonage adapter), your actual internet connection dropping or changing IP addresses frequently, or finally a bad Vonage adapter least likely).

"The most likely scenario is the internet connection going down for a short period of time causing the adapter to lose dialtone," xcrunxc adds. "To test for this you can enable WAN ping on whatever you have as your border router (probably the FIOS provided d-link or ActionTec) and run this test: http://www.dslreports.com/smokeping This test will monitor your connection for 24hrs. During this time if you lose dialtone, check the results of this test and it will tell you if that loss of dialtone corresponded with a momentary drop in your internet connection."

And fisheye follows up:

"Thanks, I am running the test now. My luck of course, it won't drop off during the test, but I'll keep at it.

I have a conceptual problem though, with the behavior of the Vonage adapter. When it's sitting behind a router, all it sees is the non-changing IP the router gives it. All the other computers on my network are happily surfing, video, whatever. The Vonage box will sit with the phone-lights out and no dial tone indefinitely. Shouldn't it reconnect if everything else is working perfectly? I've tried it both sheltered behind the firewall and also opening the DMZ mode for the Vonage box.

BTW this is my ongoing test for any interested:
http://www.dslreports.com/r3/smokeping.cgi?target=network.e92b171f0ad9102f587a280a0fec3573."

This thread is ongoing- and we'll be tracking it.

As he indicates in the name of his new Vonage Forum thread he has started, Vonage Forum Member kingwilly wants to achieve success in Adding an additional Router to the RT31P2.

"I have the RT31P2 installed and working fine," writes kingwilly, whose actual first name is Jeff. "A little cracking on the phone line, but that is a different topic. I want to add more computers to my network at home and have an old Linksys BEFSR41 router. I would like to piggy back that one on the RT if possible. I did try the simple plug it in and see if it works, no luck. Not very experienced on hooking up routers. 

"Can this be done?," he asks. "If yes, how.

Vonage Forum Member mundy5 has some reassurance and advice for kingwilly.

"It absolutely can be done," mundy5 writes. "What you will want to do is connect an ethernet cable from port 1 of your rt31p2 to port 1 of your BEFSR41. I would then plug a computer into port 2 of your BEFSR41 and get to the configuration page by typing 192.168.1.1 and disable the DHCP in your BEFSR41.

"If you want these computers to be able to share files and share printing, you will need to change the ip address to 192.168.15.250 or something high like that. 192.168.15.1 is the ip address of your rt31p2 and it will give out ip addresses that range from 192.168.15.100 - 192.168.15.150 or something like that. So you want to be outside that limit," he writes. "Anyway, if you do these 2 things, you should be able to have all your computers in the same subnet: 192.168.15.xxx which will then let you configure a home network to share files and printers...

"I think your password is admin for a BEFSR41 though I cannot say from experience," mundy5 adds. "Only from what I saw on the internet."

Then kingwilly comes back with a follow-up post in which he said what mundy5 suggested is looking like it works. But then kingwilly has another question:

"Another issue is that I can't find the right transformer for the BEF," he writes. "Can I use an output 12v, 800 m/a or do I need the 9v? If so, does Radio Shack carry them?

"Using an adapter that is a different voltage rating, especially a higher voltage is just asking for trouble," writes fellow Vonage Forum Member xcrunxc "The router will most likely not work and you have a good change of damaging the router beyond repair. It is always recommended to use the exact power adapter that came with your router, if this is not possible make sure you match the voltage ratings exactly."

Next, mundy5 comes back to offer these observations:

"I would get a power supply that has all the details exactly as it is stated in the BEF router including voltage and amperage," mundy5 strongly suggests.

Speaking of mundy5, we have a...

Change In Our Ranking of Top Ten Posters

Vonage Forum Member mundy5  has offered some great posts in the last few days. In his doing so, I noticed that mundy5 is now our ninth-most frequent poster since we started the Vonage Forum almost three years ago. He's climbed over Paul248, who is now tenth. Paul248 has also made some very helpful posts but hasn't posted here in about six months.

Vonage Stock Report

On Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $5.52 a share, which was a rise of 14 cents  from Friday's closing price of $5.38 a share, but then again it was 15 cents higher than the day's lowest price for Vonage stock, and that was $5.37 a share. Total Vonage shares traded on Monday came out at 879,400 shares.

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

We've Updated Our VoIP Speed Test

Because we get new Vonage Forum Members here all the time, I'll 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 Tuesday morning for our next edition of the Vonage VoIP Forum Digest.




 
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