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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Moving to 2meg DSL, is it enough for 4 phone lines at once? Reply with quote Back to top

Hello,

I'm moving to a new house soon and the DSL speed there is 2meg down 256k up (highest they have). I'm concerned that the lines will function properly on that low speed.

Is there a good chance my setup might work with the specs below?
Thanks for the help!

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Internet:
2 Meg Down
256k Up
Equipment:
2 Motorola VT2442 w/2 Lines Each
D-Link DGL-4100 Router
Phone Lines:
2 phone lines
1 fax line
Usage Details:
Only one phone line will be used at once (i.e. talked on).
Most of my phone calls are from Minnesota to Michigan.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The 2meg you reference is for the download speed. What is the upload speed?
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Ok, I just spoke with the company (Frontier) and they said 320 kpbs upload speed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Vonage recommends 90kbps of upload speed. When you state you have 3 phone lines, do you mean 3 seperate phone lines or 3 phones for the same line? If the latter is the case you're fine.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have two Motorola boxes with two lines in each box.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Short answer is yes you will most likely have problems if all your equipment is set to the default settings (bandwidth saver), you don't have a QOS router or standalone QOS device and you are trying to use all of the phone lines and the fax line at the same time. As Darell_G pointed out, 90kbps is the recommended upload speed for each phone line and you will potentially be using 4 lines at once. Obviously you won't be using the fax all the time but you would need to have 360kbps upload just for your Vonage equipment. That doesn't even take into consideration bandwidth for your computer(s) or overhead. The first thing I would suggest is lowering the bandwidth for each line in your online acct. from 90 to 30kbps. Personally, I use 30kbps all the time and the only difference I can notice is that the volume is not quite as loud when using 90kbps but the quality is still good so I just raise the volume on my handset and all is well. That is kind of a basic answer based on the info that you gave. Keep in mind though, that you will be cutting it real close just with your Vonage equipment. How many computers will be using the network at the same time? What kind of router or QOS device are you using? Do you frequently use all three lines at the same time?
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

tglea's post is true if all 4 of your lines are on at the same time. I presume that this is unlikely though at times it probably can happen if you have 3 people and a fax going. Your fax line needs to remain at 90kbps or at least that is what is recommended by Vonage.

The other 3 voice lines can easily drop to 50kbps and I have a good quality connection still with that. According to Vonage, 50kbps is still better quality than a landline.

My suggestion is to try to get the cable internet in your new home. With your 11 meg service, you should be getting at least 720 kbps upload. That will really make it a lot easier on your system.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the great help guys. I have found out that there is cable internet with 5meg down (didn't get the upload speed). So that's what I'll be going with. I never use all three lines at once, only two. I'm on 1meg up right now without any problems.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Ultimately, all you can do is try your set up with your new connection. Then, if you run into problems, start trying to fix those as they come up. An educated guess would be that your 5Mbs down connection will probably only have 512Kbps Up and that is half of your current speed so you could have some issues. Anyway, good luck to you and post if you have problems when you get your equipment set up at your new location.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It turns out the Cable company (US Cable) cannot service me. So I'm left with Frontier DSL with 2meg down 256k up. I'm cutting down on one phone line. I have listed the full updated specs below. Someone mentioned a speed saver option, please tell me more about this as this is probably what I'll need. Does this affect the quality on their end or just mine?

Is there a good chance my setup might work with the specs below? Thank you all so much for the help!

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Internet:
2 Meg Down
256k Up
Equipment:
2 Motorola VT2442 w/2 Lines Each
D-Link DGL-4100 Router
Phone Lines:
2 phone lines
1 fax line
Usage Details:
Only one phone line will be used at once (i.e. talked on).
Most of my phone calls are from Minnesota to Michigan.
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