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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Choppy calls, springy sound heard on other end Reply with quote Back to top

Hello,

For the past several weeks I have been experiencing sporadic problems when making or receiving Vonage phone calls. The call will suddenly become very choppy. The person that I am talking to has stated that my voice dropped out and that they heard a "springy" sound then my voice came back.

Here is the requested troubleshooting information:

1. Durham, NC
2. Time Warner Cable Roadrunner
3. 5 Mbps/384 kbps
4. Motorola SB5100
5. Linksys PAP2
6. Setup of Network:

SB5100 -> D-Link DIR-655 -> PAP2, PCs, printer, etc.

7. Choppy audio
8. I've run the Voip speed test several times. I occasionally experience severe jitter. Here is a result where I experienced jitter:

Speed test statistics
---------------------
Download speed: 3721152 bps
Upload speed: 339408 bps
Quality of service: 56 %
Download test type: socket
Upload test type: socket
Maximum download pause: 113 ms
Average download pause: 4 ms
Minimum round trip time to server: 41 ms
Average round trip time to server: 47 ms

Voip test statistics
--------------------
Jitter: you --> server: 788.2 ms
Jitter: server --> you: 0.0 ms
Packet loss: you --> server: 0.0 %
Packet loss: server --> you: 100.0 %
Packet discards: 0.0 %
Packets out of order: 0.0 %
Number of supported Voip lines: 5
Estimated MOS score: 3.5

I then connected my laptop directly to the SB5100 (power cycled the modem) then repeated the tests. I was not able to duplicate the severe jitter problem. In most cases I received "all green lights" on the test results.

I then re-connected the router to the SB5100 and tested again. Most of the tests were OK except for one where I received a 1% Quality of service rating:

Speed test statistics
---------------------
Download speed: 3054464 bps
Upload speed: 291608 bps
Quality of service: 1 %
Download test type: socket
Upload test type: socket
Maximum download pause: 541 ms
Average download pause: 5 ms
Minimum round trip time to server: 65 ms
Average round trip time to server: 66 ms

Voip test statistics
--------------------
Jitter: you --> server: 2.8 ms
Jitter: server --> you: 2.2 ms
Packet loss: you --> server: 0.0 %
Packet loss: server --> you: 0.0 %
Packet discards: 0.0 %
Packets out of order: 0.0 %
Number of supported Voip lines: 4
Estimated MOS score: 4.0

I've already contacted Vonage about this problem, who had me perform ping and traceroute tests, make sure my modem, router, and adapter were 4' apart, stand on my head while rubbing my belly, etc. I even replaced the phone cable between my phone and adapter. Their conclusion is that it's a problem with my network connection and to contact Time Warner Cable.

Is contacting Time Warner my best course of action? Or should I replace my PAP2 with a VT2142 so that I can connect it directly to my SB5100 and see if that resolves the problem?

If I should contact Time Warner, is there any magical phrase that will help the Tier 1 rep understand the problem without having me go through a bunch of stupid testing (power cycle the modem, etc.)?

Thanks!

Steve
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Before you go to the expense of replacing the Vonage box, you should try to narrow down the issue to the service (which includes your modem) or the D-link router. The fact that you're getting inconsistent test results with the D-link removed is complicating things. How do packet losses look with the D-link out?

If you have a cooperative friend with broadband service, carrying the PAP2 to his/her house and trying it there is one thing you can do to verify that the PAP2 is not an issue. You can also plug the PAP2 directly into your modem and conduct some tests that way. You won't have internet service while you're doing that, of course, but it should work and allow you to make some test phone calls.

If your cable is also providing television service, do you see frequent "hits" on the television suggesting a cable problem?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:43 pm    Post subject: Switched from Time Warner to Clearwire, problem resolved Reply with quote Back to top

I just wanted to follow-up on this problem that I was having with call quality.

I was having problems with static on low channels on all of the TVs in the house, in addition to the problems with a poor Internet connection. I called TW Cable, and got a busy signal on their tech support line (!). I contacted them via email, then told me to call teh same phone number - tried again, still a busy signal. So I emailed them again and they sent out a tech and he replaced splitters outside.

While the TV problems were resolved, I was still having problems with the Internet connection and dropped calls. He wanted to have nothing to do with it - pointed at my router and said that they don't support that. He also said I would have to contact Vonage for help with their service. This was despite my telling him of my problems with packet loss and jitter. He really didn't seem to give a hoot.

And that was that - I gave up on Time Warner cable. Unfortunately their customer support is non-existant, and their connection is based on flaky coax cable connection that will fail if you look at them funny.

Last Saturday I got Clearwire wireless Internet, took less than 10 minutes to set up, and I'm as happy as a clam. The service works well, my Vonage line is working much better, and I'll be returning the cable modem this week.

Adios, Time Warner cable!


sgraff wrote:
Hello,

For the past several weeks I have been experiencing sporadic problems when making or receiving Vonage phone calls. The call will suddenly become very choppy. The person that I am talking to has stated that my voice dropped out and that they heard a "springy" sound then my voice came back.

Here is the requested troubleshooting information:

1. Durham, NC
2. Time Warner Cable Roadrunner
3. 5 Mbps/384 kbps
4. Motorola SB5100
5. Linksys PAP2
6. Setup of Network:

SB5100 -> D-Link DIR-655 -> PAP2, PCs, printer, etc.

7. Choppy audio
8. I've run the Voip speed test several times. I occasionally experience severe jitter. Here is a result where I experienced jitter:

Speed test statistics
---------------------
Download speed: 3721152 bps
Upload speed: 339408 bps
Quality of service: 56 %
Download test type: socket
Upload test type: socket
Maximum download pause: 113 ms
Average download pause: 4 ms
Minimum round trip time to server: 41 ms
Average round trip time to server: 47 ms

Voip test statistics
--------------------
Jitter: you --> server: 788.2 ms
Jitter: server --> you: 0.0 ms
Packet loss: you --> server: 0.0 %
Packet loss: server --> you: 100.0 %
Packet discards: 0.0 %
Packets out of order: 0.0 %
Number of supported Voip lines: 5
Estimated MOS score: 3.5

I then connected my laptop directly to the SB5100 (power cycled the modem) then repeated the tests. I was not able to duplicate the severe jitter problem. In most cases I received "all green lights" on the test results.

I then re-connected the router to the SB5100 and tested again. Most of the tests were OK except for one where I received a 1% Quality of service rating:

Speed test statistics
---------------------
Download speed: 3054464 bps
Upload speed: 291608 bps
Quality of service: 1 %
Download test type: socket
Upload test type: socket
Maximum download pause: 541 ms
Average download pause: 5 ms
Minimum round trip time to server: 65 ms
Average round trip time to server: 66 ms

Voip test statistics
--------------------
Jitter: you --> server: 2.8 ms
Jitter: server --> you: 2.2 ms
Packet loss: you --> server: 0.0 %
Packet loss: server --> you: 0.0 %
Packet discards: 0.0 %
Packets out of order: 0.0 %
Number of supported Voip lines: 4
Estimated MOS score: 4.0

I've already contacted Vonage about this problem, who had me perform ping and traceroute tests, make sure my modem, router, and adapter were 4' apart, stand on my head while rubbing my belly, etc. I even replaced the phone cable between my phone and adapter. Their conclusion is that it's a problem with my network connection and to contact Time Warner Cable.

Is contacting Time Warner my best course of action? Or should I replace my PAP2 with a VT2142 so that I can connect it directly to my SB5100 and see if that resolves the problem?

If I should contact Time Warner, is there any magical phrase that will help the Tier 1 rep understand the problem without having me go through a bunch of stupid testing (power cycle the modem, etc.)?

Thanks!

Steve
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

judging from your solution, it was clearly a tw cable issue and possibly your router issue. you'll find out soon enough whether it's a router issue if you start having the same problems again.

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