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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Adding 1 voice and 1 fax line to existing Vonage account? Reply with quote Back to top

Hi!

I have had Vonage for the past year and recently discovered how to set up QoS on my Linksys WRT54G Embarassed

anyways, I have a project coming up where I needed 2 phone lines and a dedicated fax line (temporary setup)...

My original setup is Comcast internet--->Linksys cable modem--->WRT54G---->RT31P2---->phone

Can anyone please tell me how to go about setting up the system so that I can get maximum QoS? The new phone adapter is on its way from Vonage and is the RTP300....

The Comcast is the basic 6Mbps/384kbps.

Would highly appreciate all your input!!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Adding 1 voice and 1 fax line to existing Vonage account Reply with quote Back to top

kazmi wrote:
Hi!

I have had Vonage for the past year and recently discovered how to set up QoS on my Linksys WRT54G Embarassed

anyways, I have a project coming up where I needed 2 phone lines and a dedicated fax line (temporary setup)...

My original setup is Comcast internet--->Linksys cable modem--->WRT54G---->RT31P2---->phone

Can anyone please tell me how to go about setting up the system so that I can get maximum QoS? The new phone adapter is on its way from Vonage and is the RTP300....

The Comcast is the basic 6Mbps/384kbps.

Would highly appreciate all your input!!

Kaz.


Just make sure the MAC addresses of any and all Vonage routers/adapters are set to HIGHEST. At full quality, you will need 270k or therabouts if you want to use all three lines at the same time, so you may want to consider taking your two voice lines down to 50k if you experience any issues (bandwidth saver).

Both Vonage units should be wired to the WRT54G.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

SO I got the RTP300 as the second adapter and I connected it to my linksys WRT54G....

I have noticed that the RTP300 has better sound quality than my original line.....wht the difference? I was under the impression that the WRT54G has QoS automatically....is that not the case?

and what's the web address to access the web-based utility for the RTP300? I want to make sure that there are no QoS settings which are on in the 300.......

anyone have any suggesstions on how to change my setup or improve the call quality on my original line?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

some people notice better quality on the rtp300/wrtp54g units over the rt31p2/pap2/mta/ata. there could be a few reasons, but they don't matter (in other words, you can't do anything to fix them. if you are dying to know why it's better, some would probably say it's the TI chipset in the rtp/wrtp's, but it could be other issues. describing how/why it's better would be a great thing to explain if you expect a detailed answer)
the wrt54g does not have automatic qos, not sure what you mean by that, but nothing about it is automatic except detecting your line speed.
the address is http://192.168.15.1 the same as the rt31p2. you have to have a computer plugged directly into it. to bypass that, go to the administration tab and enable remote administration. then you can access it from the ip assigned to it by the wrt54g. this goes for the rt31p2 also.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

thanks reebok for that info...by automatic I meant it could detect Voip or internet signals and then assign priority....or is this something that we have to set on our own....I was just wondering since I wanted to try and get some better quality from my original line.

My desktop is wired to my WRT54G...can I hook in my laptop to the rtp300 to access the web based utility? thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

no it doesn't have anything like that. if you have the rtp300 and rt31p2 both connected to the wrt54g and one has better quality than the other, it has nothing to do with qos. the lack of explanation of "better quality" is still preventing a better explanation though.
you can hook any computer to it, it doesn't matter.
also, any qos settings on a router with nothing connected to it (like your rtp300 and I assume rt31p2) will do nothing at all. there must be multiple devices (computers, Voip adapters, whatever) connected to a router for qos settings to make any difference.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

hmmm...now this makes more sense - sorry I'm slow at this... Rolling Eyes


I was planning on sending the rtp300 back to Vonage after the month (and my project) is up.....is there any way I can keep this one in place of my old rt31p2? I'm thinking that the lines are tied to the MAC addresses, but is there any way for them to reassign my old line to the new RTP300?


PS: sorry abt the repeated questions,I promise it's my last one (for today atleast!)

Thanks a lot!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I would make sure you had all the info on getting new lines (like $40 cancellation fees and such). I don't know whether you will be subject to them or not, but I would think you are.
I don't think they're tied to the mac address personally, but they may as well be for all intents and purposes (and they might actually be). at any rate, that's a tricky question. you can definitely have them reassign the line(s) to the rtp300, but problems may occur when you're trying to avoid the $99 fee for the router for cancelling lines in less than one year and you send back the rt31p2. or maybe you won't have a problem, hard to say.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:49 pm    Post subject: feedback Reply with quote Back to top

So I am done with my project - first, with 2 phone lines and one fax line from Vonage, I noticed two things:

1) the line with the rtp300 was awesome...the call quality was great and better than my original line with the rt31p2.

2) the fax line sucked...I changed the baud rate on my brother MFC-5440 to the lowest setting(9600) but still had intermittent transmission problems - it worked great with efax, but refused to fax to my work fax machine.

I have since cancelled the extra lines and customer service was able to transfer over the original line to tie it to the rtp300....so if anyone wants to do that in the future, the lines ARE tied to the MAC address of the phone adapter.

Only now I have recently started having issues where calls drop after some time (once it was 1.50,3 and 16 minutes respectively)...I have rebooted the adapter and everything works fine except for this issue....

any ideas?
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