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Vonage VoIP Forum Digest - March 15, 2007

Vonage VoIP Forum Digest

March 15, 2007

By Daniel Connor

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

In the news, we'll learn about a new Vonage-compatible router from Motorola, as well as a new announcement about Vonage Canada calling rates. Then, let's go straight to a Vonage Forum thread about using Vonage over a Wi-Fi connection, and then a thread about QoS and static IP. Then we'll update Vonage's stock price.

In The News

Vonage, Motorola Announce New Wireless Router

Vonage and Motorola yesterday announced the release of a new wireless router that will make it easy for customers to use fax, telephone and Internet services at the same time. Motorola, known for its innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications, developed the VT2542 to meet the sophisticated needs of Vonage's customers. 

The VT2542 enables Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony and includes a 4-port wired and 802.11 b/g wireless access point for home networking connectivity. This new device is available on the Vonage website for $59.99 after a $40 instant rebate ($99.00 -$40.00 =$59.99) (a $9.95 shipping and handling fee and a $29.99 activation fee is charged).

The Motorola VT2542 Internet Phone Adapter & Wireless Router can connect up to two (2) Vonage lines, including telephone and fax, through a high-speed Cable or DSL Internet connection. It also contains four Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) ports and an 802.11b/g Wireless port for additional computers or other network devices. The Motorola VT2542 enables customers to use their Internet connection for their computer and phones at the same time, and is perfect for consumers who want the added advantage of easily setting up a secure wireless network.

"The Motorola VT2542 is just the latest innovation that gives our customers more options to meet their communication needs," said Vonage CEO Mike Snyder. "Vonage's successful relationship with Motorola has produced ground-breaking devices that help our customers communicate, when, where and how they choose."

Voice-over-data prioritization, which allows users to talk on the phone while using the Internet with no reduction in voice quality, is one of the stand-out features of the Motorola VT2542. Other features include Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through support, a secure web based user interface and full support of standard Vonage features, such as conference calling, call forwarding, call transfer, and call waiting.

"As Vonage continues to expand its footprint and reach new users, Motorola products are making it easy for customers to add functions and realize more value," adds Alan Lefkof, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Broadband Solutions Group. "With the Motorola VT2542 Internet Phone Adapter & Wireless Router, Vonage will now make it easy for anyone to incorporate high-quality VoIP service with additional home networking capabilities and advanced security features in their home."

Vonage Canada Lowers Some Calling Rates

Vonage Canada today announced that it has lowered international calling rates to selected countries to just two-cents-per-minute. Customers can now call friends and family in select cities in Argentina, Australia, China, Mexico, Singapore, Israel, Poland and Sweden for just pennies.

"With other phone companies, customers are forced to sign long-term contracts, pay hidden fees, and create limited buddy lists in order to save on international calling," said Bruce Robertson, director, product and market development, Vonage Canada. "With Vonage, customers can call whoever they want, whenever they want, with absolutely no restrictions."

On The Vonage Voip Forum

Seems as though Vonage Forum Member netb2b is traveling, and wants to use his Vonage account. He has a specific question about this, which he incorporates into a new Vonage Forum thread that he has entitled, IP phone using wireless internet.

Two of netb2b's posts explain this issue.

In net2b's first post, he writes:

"I am in a situation where I have wireless internet high speed connection and no cable or DSL modem. How can I use IP phone? Is there any possibility to connect. I have wireless router and IP switch."

Then netb2b provides more details:

"Actually I am in a hotel where I only have wireless internet connection," netb2b adds. "I tried with many configurations but IP phone not working. I connected my ethernet port from the laptop to IP Phone WAN port and the phone line goes from IP phone to phone. Is this configuration ok or do I need to connect the devices some other way or need to do some settings to share and enable ICS on my computer."

These details draw a response from fellow Vonage Forum Member howiewifi.

"If the hotel requires you to login with a password - they you would likely need to do that via your laptop. If it only requires you to put in a WEP key - or if it is simply open - than a WiFi phone could be a good choice for you," writes howiewifi.

A new Vonage Forum thread entitled QOS & Static IP lines has some interesting questions being asked by Vonage Forum Member nektar72.

"I'm having trouble with choppy audio, echoes, complete failures and slow internet connections," nektar72 writes. "I just added the switch today because I thought the 3 computer connections plugging into the back of one of the boxes might be slowing the system down and creating poor quality.

After providing his Vonage test results, nektar72 adds:

"My QOS fluctuates and I don't know how to set the QOS settings to configure my router for VOIP," writes nektar72.  I'm also having trouble setting static IPs for the boxes. I've held the assigned DHCP IPs in the router, but I don't know if that's the same as changing the IP within the RTP300 boxes.

"I know this is long, but I've been having serious problems regarding this for a long time now. I'm lost!"

A very complete perspective is then supplied by fellow Vonage Forum Member NateHoy.

Here's what Nate writes in response to nektar72's questions:

"First, a brief tutorial on QoS and what it can, and can not, do for you...

That article may also give you some tips on how to configure the QoS on your DLink.


There may be some confusion in terminology at work here. To clarify -
- QoS as seen by the bandwidth test you posted measures the relative difference between the fastest and slowest tests it does during the testing process. That is a measure of the consistency of your Internet connection.
- QoS as configured in your router is a way of prioritizing packets through the router, not a measure of the quality/consistency of the connection itself.

So, there's little you can do about poor consistency in your Internet connection itself by configuring things in your router. Fortunately, a tested Quality of Service of 81% is a relatively consistent connection, so you should do OK.
Anyway... so as I understand it, your RTP300 boxes are now being used solely as Vonage devices, and have no routing duties, correct? Your computer(s) are all on the switch, and not routed through the Vonage RTP300s in any way?

If that is the case, then your D-Link merely needs to be set up so that all three RTP300 Vonage boxes have their MAC addresses set as HIGHEST priority. From there, you can then configure any other services with whatever relative priorities you wish.

As to Static-assigned DHCP versus Static IP, there is no practical difference. If your router can assign IP addresses based on MAC address, just go ahead and do that. It'll work fine."

After receiving this advice, nektar72 comes back to the thread with a brief follow-up.

"You are correct on both of your questions," nektar72 writes in response to NateHoy's advice. "I'm also getting 40-55% QOS on my computer connections. Is this something I should take up with Time Warner/Roadrunner if I still have issues?"


Vonage Stock Report

On Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange, Vonage stock closed at $4.19 a share, which was an increase of 3 cents (-0.72%) from Tuesday's closing price of $4.16 a share, but then again it was a rebound of 14 cents higher than the day's lowest price for Vonage stock, and that was $4.05 a share. Total Vonage shares traded on Wednesday got up to 1,1,46,400 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.

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