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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Potential Customer Questions Reply with quote Back to top

I was all set today to get a new Vonage account for my home. After reading the many issues that are posted here I am having second thoughts. I am looking for a little advice from existing users.

I currently have a Linksys Wireless router (WRT54G) that is rock solid. Never have any problems with it. From what I have read about the two Vonage routers (Linksys RTP300 and WRTP54G) I fear switching to one of these. I have one Win PC directly connected to my existing router and 3 Macs on it via wireless. I host a few website off my cable connection so uptime is a must.

What would you suggest for my setup? Can I go from my cable modem, to my current router( run my network from of that), then run one of the Vonage routers off my current router just for the phones?

Any suggestion so I can avoid depending on the Vonage recommended routers for my phone AND home network would be much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I hooked the RTP300 off the back of my existing router and it worked right out of the box (after forwarding UDP ports 5060-5061 to it). I'm not even sure that I needed to forward those ports, but when I first set it up it wasn't giving me dial tone. I googled and those ports were listed so I forwarded them and haven't had any issues at all since.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Since I want to keep my existing router would the Vtec IP-8100 be the best option for me? Can anyone using the Vtex chime in?

Also, anyone know if you can add more handsets to it other than the two that come with it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Since you already have a router that is solid for you why don't you just get a phone adapter and hang it off the router.

I have a USR8054 wireless router (not all that bulletproof but works for me) that is connected to my cable modem. I have three wireless laptops and 4 wired PCs coming off of the USR8054 (though a cascaded switch).

I just plugged the PAP2 into one of the unused ports on the USR8054 router and I was up and running. I did not have to change any router settings or forward any ports at all. Using the phone has not interfered with the internet connectivity from/to any of the PCs on the network.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've used three different routers for my network, recently. Dlink 704P, Dlink DI-524 and a Netscreen 5GT (Love the Netscreen, btw). In each config I just plugged the RTP-300 directly into a spare port on the router and it worked fine. No port forwarding or anything.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have a WRT54GS and the IP8100. You can add two more handsets for a total of four. The voicemail button (hold down the 1 button, automatically dials *123) doesnt seem to work on aditional handsets- it actually 'crashes' the handset. Happens on both of the additional handsets I purchased. Kinda irritating. Vonage says 'duh, we dont know anything about that'. Also C2C doesn't work half the time. Doesn't seem to cause any problems with wlan traffic.

In the last couple of months since I got the thing, I've been having some issues with the IP8100 losing its connection (red light) on a frequent basis. Lately its about once a day. Though it could be something with the router, because i've been playing around with it a lot lately... running DD-WRT v23. I may try going back to the linksys fw to see how stability compares.

Unfortunately, if you're not using the ip8100 in router mode, you cant view its logs or change anysettings... so its hard to say what's going on.

It may work perfect for you, but I don't know if i'd count on it...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

mharvey, the PAP2 looks like a great option for me.

Thanks everyone for replying.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Husar - the PAP2 will work fine, but the RTP300 is newer technology, and some like its phone circuitry better. You can use either behind your WRT54G, just turn off all the routing functions if you get the RTP300. Many of us here actually do that. I'm using a RT31P2 behind my WRT54G, and it works great with all its routing turned off - and also stacks and looks great since its in the same case as the WRT and my Linksys cable modem - see my picture under my name. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

i don't believe Vonage still suppies the PAP2, i placed my order on 12/25/2005 and the only free adpater available was RTP300.
received the RTP300 on 12/30/2005 plugged it into one of the ethernet port on a Dlink DI-604 and it magically downloaded the 00.58 firmware by itslef. no problem so far after 300+ out going minutes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

If I were you I would go for either an rtp300, wrtp54g (maybe) or a Uniden UIP phone behind your wrt54G.

these newer devices have the TI chipset which have a lot more features and settings availabel if you need something adjusted. Example: If you call up and have fax trouble with a motorola MTA, there is about 2 or 3 settings I can change to try and make it work, the newer devices have dozens, and also codecs specifically for faxing. also better hardware construction, specifically analog shielding from what I have read, and better voice quality overall.

I would definitely not use a Vtech phone for anything but target practice, or maybe to chock the wheels on a parked boat trailer... take it from someone who takes service calls all day.
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