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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Bandwidth Usage, Offline Call Handling Questions Reply with quote Back to top

I am considering Vonage but would like to get answers to these two questions first.

1. I understand Vonage can be configured to consume more or less bandwidth and that this effects quality. What I want to know is if the required bandwidth applies to when calls are taking place only, or if the bandwidth is being consumed at all times by Vonage. If it's not being consumed at all times, what bandwidth is Vonage consuming when calls are not taking place?

2. If my broadband (DSL) connection goes down or my phone adapter is offline, how does Vonage handle the inbound call? Does it go to voicemail? Does it forward? Does it simply fail? What is the caller's experience?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

#1 I believe the bandwidth is constant since the adapter is in constant contact with the Vonage servers.

#2 You have a couple of choices here. If the your ISP is down or if Vonage is down you setup your account to have calls forwarded to a particular# if this happens or have all calls sent directly to voicemail.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

#1 - no, the Vonage adapter will not take up much bandwidth at all when a call is not actively in progress. It will take up SOME, but at a rate of a few packets a minute, tops, for handshake protocols. I've watched my WRTP54G for several hours using WallWatcher monitoring my router/firewall, and very little comes from the Vonage adapter if you are not on the phone.

The three data rates are 30kbps, 50kbps, and 90kbps. Keep in mind that these are bidirectional, so if your ISP measures up AND down as part of a monthly quota or anything, double those numbers.

#2 - You can put a "network outage number" that the call will be forwarded to, or you can leave that field blank on your web account and the call will go to voicemail. Your choice.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, NateHoy.

These were the answers I was expecting but I did search after search on the Vonage site and through Google and couldn't get a definite answer anywhere.

A follow-up question:

I currently have DSL at 728/128 kbps. I read in another post this is sufficient but doesn't allow for much else besides a call (quality set at 90 kbps).

Does the Vonage adapter automatically allocate the 90 kbps for a call so that my other network traffic uses up the remaining bandwidth, or does traffic fight unrestricted?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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Thanks, NateHoy.

These were the answers I was expecting but I did search after search on the Vonage site and through Google and couldn't get a definite answer anywhere.

A follow-up question:

I currently have DSL at 728/128 kbps. I read in another post this is sufficient but doesn't allow for much else besides a call (quality set at 90 kbps).

Does the Vonage adapter automatically allocate the 90 kbps for a call so that my other network traffic uses up the remaining bandwidth, or does traffic fight unrestricted?


With Vonage routers, the traffic will pretty much fight unrestricted. You need a router with good, working QoS:

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/qos.html

... and the Vonage routers don't have it. Vonage claims they do, but they are missing one vital component (the ability to specify the available upstream bandwidth) that would make it work.

You can look into the Hawking HBB1 (I think that is the model number, it's a Voip optimizing device that detects Voip packets and prioritizes them automatically) or another router with the same StreamEngine chip, or you can get a good router that supports QoS like the Linksys WRT54GL, and configure it to work properly:

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54gl.html
http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt55glqos.html

With 128k upstream, you WILL run into contentions unless you have working QoS. The Vonage line will want to consume most of your bandwidth. You can also lower your Vonage quality using the "Bandwidth Saver" feature, and that will help out quite a bit, but you'll still have bandwidth contentions with that small an upstream.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Can i use more than 90Kbps Reply with quote Back to top

Is there an option which would allow me to assign more than 90kbps to my voice traffic? My goal is to sack other web traffic to get the best voice traffic possible. Question
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

antip -

Not with anything Vonage supplies, no.

I have a Linksys WRT54GL, and its QoS doesn't "reserve" bandwidth, it prioritizes it. When I'm on the Vonage line, it's first in line for any bandwidth it happens to need at the time. When I'm not, anything else running can have whatever it wants up to my available bandwidth.

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/qos.html

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