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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:32 pm    Post subject: Network configuration with 3 routers Reply with quote Back to top

Road Runnder cable internet.

I have a SMC7004ABR (old!) in the basement by the modem with 4 hardwired ports.

1 hardwired port has a Linksys WRT54G serving 3 wireless clients
1 hardwired port has the Vonage RTP300 with the phone plugged directly into it.
The other 2 hardwired ports are for future expansion

I get choppy audio mainly on outgoing calls.

Is this the best network configuration or should I connect the RTP300 to the WRT54G? Should I replace the SMC7004ABR with something that can do QoS?

I'm at work right now so I don't have my testyourvoip scores handy, but when I ran them last night they were great (4.5 if i remember correctly, with minimal packet loss).
I can post the results in a few hours, but right now I'm looking for general network info. Everything is pretty much setup as it came out of the box, with the SMC doing DHCP and not the WRT54G

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The WRT54G can do QoS quite nicely, especially if it is an older model (serial number prior to CDFB) and you can load aftermarket firmware into it.

I don't know for sure if this will help your choppy audio, but it would most certainly remove one of your network layers and simplify your network.

http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54gl.html (the WRT54GL is the same model as the older Linux-based WRT54G units).

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

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It is a V4.

Can it sill do QoS even if I'm using the SMC to do DHCP?
Any links to where the 3rd party firmware is? Nevermind this, just reread your reply closer Very Happy
Are you suggesting this layout:

Modem-->SMC-->WRT54G-->RTP300

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It doesn't sound to me like you need the SMC at all.

I'd do this:

Modem -> WRT54G -> RTP300.

There are two popular flavors of aftermarket firmware, HyperWRT Thibor, and DD-WRT. The article I linked you to ( http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54gl.html ) is my "self help" guide on setting up the WRT54G with HyperWRT Thibor, and getting it configured in front of your Vonage router (in your case, RTP300).

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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It doesn't sound to me like you need the SMC at all.


I would agree, but the SMC is in the basement where the cable modem is and all the wireless clients are on the 2 floor. The WRT54G won't serve those nearly as well from the basement.

I will try putting the RTP300 directly on the WRT54G with your instructions to see if that helps.
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hook the Cable Modem up to the WRT in the basement, and buy either high-gain antennas at Walmart, or a wireless range extender. Heck, you could also buy another older WRT and put the aforementioned aftermarket stuff on it and bridge the two WRT's. Lots of options, look for the best one for your range requirements.

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