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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: VoIP -- Cable, DSL, Fiber -- Which is best? Reply with quote Back to top

For all of you Vonage users, as far as service and call quality goes, which is better for Voip (Vonage): Cable modem, DSL, Fiber (Verizon FIOS types)?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

wouldn't that depend on the location and quality of service for each individual person and the individual isp's? I don't think there's any possible way of getting a correct answer to your question.
on the other hand, as long as the the Vonage connection is within certain limits (not that I know what they are) it should be the same and sound the same for everyone, barring any TA abnormalities.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Reebok,

While I agree with you for the most part, I'm referring specifically to the latency and packet loss issues regarding the different mediums.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I can tell you that Cablevision's Optimum Online service (cable) has been rock solid for my Vonage service in the North East for what will soon be four years.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I think you're reading to much here! Very Happy

Seriously though, I would go with the easiest and cheapest way, because I think what you are looking for is:
1) Excellent Voice quality
2) No impact while on a call and web browsing/ftp'ing

I think any of those you listed would fit the bill, so just look for the easiest to implement in your setup. One other note, you can do speed tests here and others like www.testyourvoip.com to get a good idea about what's going on in a call, nuts and bolts, etc. Try that stuff too. Comcast offers a 6mb package that is really great where I am, and no Vonage/network issues to date.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The theoretically correct answer to your question is DSL. Since DSL is a private circuit to your CO there is less of a chance that your packets could be delayed or dropped on the segment between your home and the ISP's internal network.

Once you get to the ISP's internal network there is no theoretical difference in reliability, only practical reliability.

However, I think in this case the theory is not worth much because most cable users I've talked with lately, even in dense areas are not having significant problems and FIOS should have sufficient capacity to not be affected in all but the most extreme cases.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

If FIOS was available where I live, I'd be all over that. For about the same price as either Cable or DSL, you could have 15/2MB package. From reading other forums, it seems to be a very solid connection as far as uptime too.

You can read some user reviews of it here:
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Running DSL at my primary location, a specialized cable connection at work, and cable at my vacation condo. So far, so good, but I do seem to see more problems reported on the forum by cable users. That said, there probably are more cable users than DSL users out there. FWIW, I've successfully used Vonage over dial-up, at which point it sounds more like a decent cell phone connection, so latency's the real issue rather than speed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

just for another viewpoint.....i've got cable, very pleased with it, upwards of almost 7mb dl / almost 400k ulu for about 50 bucks a month through comcast. i'd say at least 75% or more of the DSL subscribers here in the Dallas area use SBC for their provider. our main reason for switching to Vonage (besides get'n the hell away from southwestern bell) is our phone bill going from $60/mo to less than $20! now, if we were still using DSL, we wouldn't be able to drop SBC all together and would still be stuck paying all the ridiculous fees and surcharges and whatnot. plus, if we didn't already have satellite, we could simply splice into the cable for tv! so technically it would be possible to drop the $60 phonebill, drop the $80 satellite, pay $50 for (haul'n ass, usually 3-4x faster than DSL) cable ISP, and $15 for Vonage. so....if you've got the opportunity to turn 3 bills equalling almost 150 bucks to 2 bills equalling roughly 65 bucks and not lose anything.......

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I can tell you that Cablevision's Optimum Online service (cable) has been rock solid for my Vonage service in the North East for what will soon be four years.


I KNEW I was in the wrong part of CT....

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