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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:14 pm    Post subject: What modem and setup for a small home network? Reply with quote Back to top

We are moving and wanting to switch to Vonage. We have a laptop and desktop with a netgear wireless router currently. What phone adapter and setup has been stable for a situation like ours would you recommend?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

What choice of ISP do you have?
What is your one time equipment budget?
Do you like to use voicemail or an answering machine?
Do you have cordless phones or do you plan to use them, what type?
What else do you use your Internet connection for, file sharing, gaming?
How many lines will you purchase?

I personally prefer an adapter that is not also my router. I think it simplifies things in a complex network and provides more flexibility. Since you already have a router, you may not need another.

On the other hand, for people with a single computer and no current router a Vonage router may be the correct answer. There have been some complaints about the performance of Vonage routers in high traffic situations though.

If you have a high traffic volume you may want to consider a new third party router that can handle QoS issues better than a Vonage router. There are also third party stand alone devices that can assist you with this task.

Your Internet connection is critical to good quality Voip calls. This means you may not be best served by whatever dead rat your ISP gives you for a modem. There are some model preferences in this group, but it is best to match it to a specific ISP.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Charter is our only ISP choice.

We can spend a small amount (less than $150 after rebates) -- lots of moving expenses right now. We're already planning on buying a cable modem and not renting (our comcast one had some issues) so that's not counted into that expense, but we'd love advice on a cable modem!

We don't have a voice mail / answering machine preference.

We have a motorola cordless phone we're not crazy about.-- 2.4 ghz

No file sharing or gaming, just frequent usage, some downloading.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I think the group's current recommendation for cable modems is the Motorola SB5100 (not the 5120). This modem is also on Charter's recommended list.

I would ditch the 2.4 GHz cordless phones for 5.8 GHz models to avoid interference with your wireless network. This is where you should spend the bulk of your money.

Now, depending on the number of handsets you want and how comfortable you are with rewiring your house you are going to need to decide whether to use a multi-hanset wireless setup or connect your Vonage adapter to your house wiring.

One option for you would be the VTech IP81000. This would serve as your Vonage device and phone. This will not be suitable if you want to send faxes, have an alarm system that needs a phone line or any other device that likes to dial out (satellite receiver, TiVo).

Another option if you would prefer not to wire the house is to get a multihandset phone system and a stand alone Vonage adapter. There are people on the boards who have recommended multi-handset phone systems before, hopefully one of them will chime in, or you can try searching the forums.

With no preference specified I would use Vonage voice mail because of the features, make sure the phone you buy has a message waiting light.

The D-Link and Motorola adapters are free. The Motorola adds a router that you won't use based on what you have said. Alternatively you could replace your exisitng router with the Vonage Linksys wireless router. This would probably be a waste of $50.

Total:
SB5100: $80
Vonage Adapter: Free
New Phones: $50 (5.8 GHz 2 Handset from Uniden)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

May I chime in since I have just made this move into Charter territory.

At circuit city, they are offering an $80 rebate (i.e. you pay $79.99 + tax for the SB5120 modem) and you end up paying only for the tax when you start a new service with Charter through circuit city.

Now your cost for the modem will only be the tax amount, mine turned out to be a little over $5. Then you order the standard Vonage device (free) and then you are good to go.

Total cost should be a little over $5. When you order through circuit city, they will give you a self-install kit. Then charter will call you and set up an appointment to install it and then you will need to fight with them to have them waive the install fee b/c of the self-install kit. It's $49.99. I fought with them hard until they waived it. In some cases, the self-install might not be available which means, your net cost will be roughly $55 and some change. But the HSI will be $19.99 for 6 months and you can't beat that kind of price.

What I did was change my channel on my wireless router (D-Link DI-524) to channel 11 to avoid any interference with my 2.4 GHz cordless phone and it works like a charm.

If you want to get more details on my setup, just take a look at my signature and also see my post here on setting up your wireless router as simply a wireless access point.

http://www.vonage-forum.com/ftopic9213.html

hope this helps, mundy5

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The Vonage routers aren't robust... If you already have a working wireless router, use it, and use the Vonage adapter strictly as a voice adapter. They seem to be the most stable this way.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

kris10s wrote:


No file sharing or gaming, just frequent usage, some downloading.

1 line.


Judging from kris10s' response, I don't think the Vonage routers will pose an issue. the usage is similar to mine and i've never had any issues with the router's performance. I actually use it for file sharing and also print sharing.

I'd just get the one that comes free with the service.

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