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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:37 am    Post subject: Can I make vonage / phone work off of a wireless connection? Reply with quote Back to top

Someone please explain to me if this is possible...

I get wireless internet access from my school in the dorms...

There is an ethernet port, but it doesn't work, so I can't plug in my phone adapter to get internet from here.

So...

Can I somehow make my Vonage linkys WRTP54G phone adapter work to make calls using just this wireless connection?

Can the phone adapter "use" the internet "through" my computer to make/receive calls?

If this is possible, please show me how to do so.

thanks for the help
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I don't own one of these so I don't know for sure, but if the Linksys adapter has a "client" mode it can act like a wireless bridge and connect to your school network. This would require you to get to the settings and make the necessary changes (telling it to connect to your schools wireless network). If this router doesn't support bridge or client mode, there are plenty of cheap routers that do. Do you know of anyone on your floor that use a router wirelessly?

It may not be possible though, if your school requires you to 'logon' with an individual username and password each time you connect.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:38 am    Post subject: Wireless VOIP Reply with quote Back to top

Since your computer is incapable of assigning a Vonage device an IP address, it wouldn't work the way you are explaining (they don't have a wireless card). However, there are 2 other options for you. One is the Wi-Fi phone that will allow you to make phone calls anywhere you can pick up a wireless signal. The other is the V-Phone that allows you to make calls directly from your computer by plugging in a 256mb memory stick. You can see both of these devices at Vonage.com
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

capz -

Yes, you should be able to do it with little trouble:

A) Assuming your computer has both a wireless network adapter (It must for you to be accessing the school's network wirelessly) AND a wired ethernet jack.

B) Assuming the connection quality is good enough -- run some of the speed tests, particularly the one here on this site, on your laptop and check the results. Pay attention to speed, QOS, and jitter, as all play an important part in how well it all works!

C) Assuming the school is not blocking ports or doing other things that would keep Vonage from working (Most don't, but it is not unheard of!)

If you're good with these three assumptions, then you just need a Vonage device and a network CROSSOVER cable. You can then setup ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on your WIRELESS network adapter and connect the crossover cable from your WIRED network connection on your computer to the WAN or INTERNET port on the Vonage adapter. As long as your computer is on and connected to the Internet wirelessly, this setup essentially makes your computer a router and the Vonage adapter gets its Internet connection from your computer. This is very common and very easy to do.

Of course, as another poster mentioned, you can also use either a Wi-Fi phone or V-Phone.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

yes you're correct rgnok... I have both the wireless card and ethernet port.

So what's the difference b/w a CAT5 ethernet cable and a crossover cable?

Do they look pretty much the same?

Also, do I need to bridge the connections or change any IP address settings on my linksys when I do this?

thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, until you look very closely at the 8 individual colored strands of cable that make up the CAT-5, there is no difference; a crossover cable is just a regular ethernet cable with the ends reversed (crossed over) instead of running straight through. You can read more about them and see how to make one yourself at http://www.makeitsimple.com/how-to/dyi_crossover.htm, among many sites. Of course, you can also buy one at any computer store and most office supply stores and even Walmart.

It just allows two devices to be directly connected instead of having to go through a switch or router.

No, you shouldn't have to bridge anything and the DEFAULT settings on the Linksys should work fine, as it should be set to get its Internet address via DHCP, which is what it will do, but it will be getting that Internet address from your computer instead of somewhere else!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Can I make vonage / phone work off of a wireless connect Reply with quote Back to top

capz1121 wrote:
Someone please explain to me if this is possible...

I get wireless internet access from my school in the dorms...

There is an ethernet port, but it doesn't work, so I can't plug in my phone adapter to get internet from here.

So...

Can I somehow make my Vonage linkys WRTP54G phone adapter work to make calls using just this wireless connection?

Can the phone adapter "use" the internet "through" my computer to make/receive calls?

If this is possible, please show me how to do so.

thanks for the help


You can use a game adater such as the Linksys WGA54G to receive the WIFI and connect your ATA to it.
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