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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: help adding a 3rd phone line Reply with quote Back to top

My Motorola adapter has only two phone ports. I have a voice and fax line connected, so there's no room for the third line - voice - that I want to add. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Get another ATA?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

When you go to add the third line, it'll let you chose your new device. I'm not sure if Vonage is still sending out motorola's but I would not recommend getting another one, unless you are running it off of another router, since they tend not to work well when you daisy chain them.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Getting another ATA is what's confusing me. The ones that I've looked at all must connect to the cable modem. Of course, I have already used that connection with my ATA.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I'd recommend getting a non-Vonage router and connecting that to the cable modem. Then connect your Vonage ATAs to that.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

nctalkinghead wrote:
Getting another ATA is what's confusing me. The ones that I've looked at all must connect to the cable modem. Of course, I have already used that connection with my ATA.


Do you have a computer hooked up to this connection as well?

Does it go like this?:

Cable Modem -> ATA -> Computer

If so, get the RTP300 and hook it up like this:

Cable Modem -> RTP300 WAN/Internet port
- RTP300 LAN port -> ATA
- RTP300 LAN port -> Computer

Then the RTP300 can be both a Vonage adapter and a router to support the ATA and any other computers you may have. the RTP300 is not a powerful router, but for web surfing and other casual use, it's prefectly OK. If you use P2P (BitTorrent or other heavy applications), then I'd look into another router.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Remember you are talking to a non-techie here! This is what I have now:
cable modem -> Motorola ATA -> WRT54G Cisco wireless router

The PC on ATA -> Internet on Router
The WAN on ATA -> Ethernet on cable modem
Router port 1 of 4 -> PC
(Router port 2 of 4 -> printer
so I have two open ports on router

Thanks for your suggestions. I've tried Vonage Help phone support but we apparently can't explain ourselves to each other!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK, this one is a no brainer. There are two ways you can go here, simple or better. Wink

First, I'd still recommend the RTP300. It's a good Vonage device. But you can go for whatever is free after rebates, or whichever one you prefer. Wink

SIMPLE:

Since you already have everything set up, pretty much, if you are happy leaving the ATA there then there's no need to change it.

Plug your new Vonage device into one of the LAN ports of your WRT54G, power it up, and call it a love story. You should be good to go.

BETTER:

Now, an alternative, since the WRT54G is a decent router. The only thing this depends on is the ATA being able to get through the router - I know little about the ATA units so I don't know, but it's worth a shot.

1. Cable Modem -> WAN/Internet port on WRT54G.
2. WRT54G LAN Port -> ATA
3. WRT54G LAN Port -> new Vonage device (whatever you choose)
4. WRT54G Wireless or other LAN ports -> Computer(s)

I *think*, but I don't *know*, that the ATA should do just find behind your WRT54G router. You can experiment with this right now (and prepare for your new Vonage device) by doing the following:

1. Unplug the power from the ATA, WRT54G, and Cable Modem.
2. Connect the Ethernet port from the Cable Modem to the WAN/Internet port of the WRT54G. Don't unplug your printer or PC from the WRT54G.
3. Power up the Cable Modem, wait for the lights to stop blinking, and power up the WRT54G. Test to make sure the WRT54G works by surfing the web on one of your computers that was already attached to it.
4. Plug the ATA's WAN into LAN3 on the WRT54G and power it up. Test to make sure it works. Leave the ATA's "PC" port empty.

If that all works, then when the new device arrives you just need to plug its WAN/Internet port into the last remaining LAN port in your WRT54G and power it up.

Cable Modem -> (WAN port) WRT54G (LAN Ports) -> ( LAN1:PC, LAN2:Printer, LAN3:ATA, LAN4:NEW_VONAGE )

Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you need diagrams. I'm good at diagrams. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

NateHoy...
You are as good with words as you are with diagrams! Followed your "better" idea and all works fine. I'm off to see what ATA Vongage has for free! BTW, NateHoy, do you do local number porting? I like your competency Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

LOL. No, I don't do local number porting. I haven't had a landline for years. I went from Cell to Vonage, and I just make people learn new phone numbers for me from time to time. Keeps the telemarketers away. Wink

Glad the ATA/WRT54G swap worked out for you. Now the rest of this should just be a plug-and-play setup. Keep your fingers crossed and your patch cables straight-thru. (grin)

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