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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: No direct access to the router Reply with quote Back to top

I have just moved into an apartment complex where I do not have access to the wireless router. Instead, one router/server broadcasts a signal to all units.

Is there any way I still can use Vonage? Perhaps a connection through my Ethernet port? I searched the first couple pages on here and didn't see any topics relating to it (of course I might've just skipped past them).

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

1. You could use "Internet Connection Sharing" from your laptop/desktop to the Vonage device. This isn't a great alternative, but a few people have done it and it does work.

2. The WRT54GL router, with aftermarket firmare, can turn its radio into a wireless CLIENT rather than a server. This would allow you to connect to your apartment's wireless connection and share the connection over the 4 included Ethernet ports.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, Nate. I actually did some Googling after my initial post (should've done that first) and found out about the ICS solution. I checked ICS on, then I clicked for it to share the connection with my LAN card. Now it appears I'm getting an Ethernet signal on my Vonage box but no dial tone on either jack. C'est la vie.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have not used ICS in many a year, but there are a few important bits.

1. You will have to run the wire from your Ethernet card to the INTERNET/WAN port on the Vonage device, NOT one of the regular Ethernet ports.

2. You may (or may not) need to use a special cable called a "crossover" cable, which is wired differently than your garden variety Ethernet patch cable.

3. You may (or may not) need to manually assign an IP address on the Vonage router.

I'm sure someone who has recently used ICS on a Vonage device will chime in shortly. I know there are a couple of people around here who use it.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I only have an Ethernet port and two phone jacks on my Vonage adaptor. It's a Linksys phone adapter (doesn't provide a model number).

The blue light is on the Ethernet indicator, meaning signal is getting into the Linksys adapter.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK, ICS supposedly provides DHCP service (meaning it should assign an IP address to your Vonage device).

Have you tried a crossover cable? If you lived nearby, and had some beer, I'd bring one over for you to try. (grin)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wwritah, changing directions just a bit, Nate has already indicated that the WRT54GL with second party firmware can act as a wireless client. In addition to that, you can buy a dedicated wireless access point that is dedicated to that function, providing an ethernet port for your Vonage box or other ethernet device.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Well, Nate and Steve, thanks for the help. I've finally figured it out -- got Vonage working through my ICS, etc.

Problem is, I had to shut off my ZoneAlarm firewall to get it done. Whenever I put the firewall back up, it won't work. I tried finding the IP address for my Vonage box, but it's a generic one also assigned to the router, it seems; maybe I'm misreading things. Advice?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

What you're doing is a work-around in any case, suitable for temporary service but not for the long haul IMHO. My advice is to go with the wireless access point or router.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I'm going to go with Steve on this one. You can get ICS working, as you've shown, but you'll have to drill a hole through your ZoneAlarm firewall to do it. I'm not sure if that is really worth the effort you are going to have to go to.

If you get a WRT54GL and load aftermarket firmware to it, you get the following benefits:

1. More stable connection for Vonage.
2. You don't need to leave your computer on all the time, and rebooting your computer won't take out your Vonage line.
3. Better wireless reception - the antennas on the WRT54GL will beat the heck out of anything on a laptop or desktop card.
4. Hardware firewall with SPI, which is very handy for security.
5. WORKING QoS, so you can surf the web and use your Vonage line at the same time.

Now, you can "lash up" ICS and get it to work, no doubt about that. What you need to do, though, is get a firewall that allows the ICS client better connection to the Internet. I don't know why ZoneAlarm isn't allowing that in the first place, but I haven't used ICS in a while.

But then your Vonage line is dependent on your computer running 24/7, and you'll have to drill holes through your firewall to allow the Vonage device to speak to Vonage.

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