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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: trouble with wireless access Reply with quote Back to top

I have had my Vonage/WRT54GP setup for 3 days. I installed it at home with Adelphia high speed cable internet and everything worked like a charm. Now, I'm on the road and using wireless high speed internet at freebie spots along the way (McDonalds, Starbucks, hotel lobbies, etc), unfortunately now my phone won't work. It dials the number and then nothing happens, no ringing, no dialtone, no busy signal, nothing. I am getting speeds of 11Mbps so plenty fast enough. I can't figure out the problem.

what am I doing wrong?

I have the power cords all installed, phone line into router,...
my computer speaks to the internet,

I have a new Panasonic 5.8Ghz digital KX-TG5621 telephone.
And am using a Toshiba laptop with an integrated 802.11b/g wireless. Windos xp...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

So how is the WRT54GP hooked into this wireless setup? Do you ever get a phone light? Normally the WRT54GP gets its internet service via a wired connection and provides wireless service to other things. Now the wireless service is being provided externally (?), so how do you have it set up?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: WRT54GP novice errors Reply with quote Back to top

I think I was expecting too much. As a novice to all this I was operating under a serious learning deficit. I have learned quite a bit the past few days.

It is not possible for me to get my phone to work with Vonage with out the router being hard wired into it. I was thinking it could. My laptop is wireless and my router with built in phone adapter is wireless. I was anticipating that that would allow me to use my phone anywhere anytime by pirating or acquiring a free wifi signal.

I now know it just doesn't work that way. The router must be hardwired to an internet signal, whether cable or dsl.

Does anyone know how to wire it to a satellite cable like directTV?

Thanks for your interest to try to help me.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

All may not be lost. When you're on the road, if your laptop has an ethernet port as well as a wireless connection and if you don't mind leaving it on, it can serve as a bridge to your Vonage box. Do a search in the forum and you'll find instruction for doing that. Basically, the laptop will get connection to the internet wirelessly, and then pass it to the Vonage box by ethernet.

Alternately, you can get a wireless access point that will do the same thing. Some hotels that offer wireless access will even loan you one.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:36 am    Post subject: WT54GP and wireless connectivity Reply with quote Back to top

That's kind of what I thought I was doing. But again, I am a technology USER, not necessarily an understander. Eek
Isn't the ethernet connection the yellow cable that runs between the lartop and the router? regardless, I'll try the search, again - Thank you so much for helping

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:19 am    Post subject: diagram of my Reply with quote Back to top

OK, so here is how I have things setup

Router will reference a LinksysWRTP54G router
Phone will reference a Panasonic KX-TG5621 5.8 GHz digital phone
Computer will reference a Toshiba M35X-S114 laptop with integrated 802.11b/g wireless and running WnXP.

from the wall outlet I have a power strip to which I have the phone, the computer, and the router plugged for power. I run the phoneline between the phone and the router phone 1 port. Between the computer and the router ethernet 1 port I run the yellow network cable.

When this configuration includes the blue internet cable between the wall and the computer everything works perfectly

However, when I am utilizing a wireless connection, it doesn't.


i am away from my wired connection so utilizing wireless, I have on the router blue lights at power, ethernet, and wireless. odd though no blue light at phone. I swapped out the phone line, and still no blue phone light - could that be the problem?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

since your laptop is wireless, try subscribing a soft phone, and load it on your laptop, so you wont have to bring your router with you, that's just an option for you.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK, here's the difference in your setups. When you're at home, you get internet service from somewhere (?) via your wall jack. The router gets that via the blue cable plugged into its WAN port and it provides service to the laptop via the connection from its LAN port to the ethernet port on the laptop (yellow cable). The laptop apparently also has wireless capability that you're not using in this setup. If its configured properly, you could unplug the yellow cable and still get service to the laptop via the router's wireless function.

On the road, the laptop gets service from the hotels wireless service via its wireless network card. The router cannot get service this way- it's a wireless provider, not a user. (It may be possible to make it work that way using 3rd party firmware, but I'm not enough of a network person to comment.) What you want is to get the laptop to provide service to the router in this situation by bridging the service that it gets from its wireless card to its wired ethernet card. XP needs to be set up to do this. In that situation, you would run the cable from the laptop ethernet port to the router WAN (blue) port.

Having said all that, if you are actually getting indications of a live internet connection with the setup that you've been trying on the road, try simply running a cable from the router WAN (blue) port to one of its LAN (yellow) ports. That may get you a phone light, and I wouldn't argue with success. (XP bridging may already be set up.) Simply moving the cable that you now have plugged into the LAN port over to the WAN port might also work. One rule of thumb- if nothing is plugged into the WRT54G's WAN port, then you won't get phone service.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:27 pm    Post subject: wireless troubles Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you all for your`assistance.

I look forward to attempting a few of the suggested resolutions.

Unfortunately this stuff all takes time, and at the moment time is a precious commodity. I should get home by mid month and will then get busy with it.

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Please let us know how it works out.

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