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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:19 pm    Post subject: Using Vonage to connect as a Dialup server? Reply with quote Back to top

This may be a request similar to instructing a newly licensed driver to navigate New York City traffic, however I’ll do so anyway.

I work as a volunteer councilor for Medicare and the new Medicare Prescription Drug coverage. I spend 50% of my time in households of clients or at aging care facilities. I have a direct need to access the Internet with my laptop to enroll or research the particular individual case I may be working on at the moment. With stating the obvious solutions such as purchasing a dial up account with a ISP or purchasing a dial up account with my cellular phone company and connecting using my cell plan minutes, I have often wondered if process of dialing INTO my Vonage adapter SECURELY and accessing the internet would be a possible free option. Could this be a direct link or would it require some sort of a server unit at my home. Is the theory correct or is this backwards thinking? I am looking for inexpensive solutions using services I already pay for. ~ any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Okay, you've got me confused...what are you trying to accomplish? If you want to be your own ISP, then it's going to take a server. You *can* do it over Vonage with certain types of Vonage routers, BUT, it does take a little bit of computer knowledge to pull it off succesfully. You'll also need a good internet connection wherever your Vonage box is at to handle the bandwidth of the Voip phone call + the data consumption on the internet. If you don't have enough bandwidth, you'll find your call dropping every time you try to access data.

Getting a dial-up accout might be your best option... A good second option (and a bit easier if you're travelling) is to get one of the cell company's wireless cards and get their unlimited data plans. Last time I checked, Verizion Wireless seemed to have a good deal going, and I think T-Mobile also has a similar setup. Definitely NOT the cheap route, but it's very nice to plop the laptop on a table and fire it up without having to find a phone jack & running phone cable all over the client's house.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, thank you for an answer I was looking for. As what I see you telling me: there is neither a SIMPLE nor an EASY answer with my current configuration. My apologies for the inadequate explanation to my quagmire. Yes in fact what I was trying to accomplish was to simply dial up my Vonage number from my laptop modem and thru the “magic” of technology, connect to the Internet. While my quest may seem hallucinatory to persons in the know, the thought only progressed because of the forward accomplishments of Voip. As you can more than adequately identify, I don’t have the in-depth knowledge of technology to accomplish the answer on my own. This is why I rely on experts in the field, such as yourself, to answer seeming simple solutions in my mind. A logical conclusion to: if it works one way why would it not work the other? In this case it appears the Voip is self-consuming. It draws a parallel to my daily activities with a large section of the under-informed population. It most certainly draws the need to exercise unwearied understanding, doesn’t it? I would concur, it appears that my only straightforward answer to the notion would be to have a separate dial-up ISP service. The entire rationale was to keep inline with the theme of inadequate funding behind the volunteer status. Thank you again for the clarity and prompt reply.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It would be very cool to hack up a system that intercepts an incoming Vonage call, and redirects the audio through a fake modem implemented in software, interprets the data, and routes it back out your exsting connection.

I think it's theoretically possible, but it's more of a response to "I'm looking for a complicated technical puzzle to solve," than "How can I save 8 bucks a month?"
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You can have a modem answer a Vonage line and, if you have an appropriate server (which you can do with Linux, BSD, etc.) have the computer treat the call as an incoming PPP call. This will let you be your own ISP. The catch is that you can only do 33.6kbps maximum, and because Voip isn't designed for the purpose, you'll need a very good modem to do it. The good news is that a US Robotics V.Everything Courier external modem (ideal for the task) is under $20 on eBay these days.

Now, it is probably far easier to get an ISP to give you a dialup account.

Where this can be very useful is if you have a phone # on your Vonage account that isn't local to where you live. I have a Toronto number. If I am in Toronto, I can use Vonage to call Regina (where I live) for free and use it as a dialup Internet account. My dialup ISP is a long distance call from Toronto.

Whether this is useful to you is another matter entirely.
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