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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:58 pm    Post subject: Networking question Reply with quote Back to top

Well, today I just got plain fed up with my Motorola VT2542. It's been a constant headache since I got it about a year ago, as it always loses its settings when power is lost, it sporadically loses settings for no reason, and occasionally just locks up.

Other than that, I've never had a problem with Vonage service.

Having a feeling that they would immediately buckle, I called today to cancel my service. They offered a new router and 2 months free service to keep me as a customer. I agreed because I really had no intention of canceling anyways. I should be receiving a new V Portal next week.

My question is... I already have a Linksys wireless router from before I had Vonage. What exactly are my options in order to use both Vonage and my wireless router? Is it better to hookup the V Portal to the Linksys or the other way around? What are the pro's and con's of each option?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

There is a lot of discussion and pros and cons regarding the order. When I had a second router, I prefered to use the Vonage device first. There is some BASIC QOS in the router for Voip, but others will say that it is not capable of handling a lot of traffic. Who knows.

The best way I found was to start DHCP on the Vonage device at 192.168.15.3 This will preserve 192.168.15.2 for static. Then set your Linksys (WAN side) to 192.168.15.2, with a gateway and DNS at 192.168.15.1 You then will be able to see the Vonage device (settings etc.,) at 192.168.15.1 on PC's conncted to the Linksys, as well as the linksys at 192.168.15.2

Port forwarding (if you use it) is a two step process. Port forward on the Vonage to 192.168.15.2 and then on the Linksys to the IP you are providing the service on. Be sure to set the DHCP on the Linksys (LAN Side) to anything but 192.168.15.x

Lastly, you should turn the wireless off on the Vonage device. I would also update the firmware on the Linksys and use WPA or WPA2 as this is much more secure than the easily hacked WEP

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the info!

I believe my router is a Linksys WRT54G if that means anything (it's been sitting in a box for over a year). Also, you make mention of turning wireless off on the Vonage device. I believe the device they're sending me doesn't do wireless (V Portal).

I do a great deal of network intensive tasks like streaming video, gaming, etc. Would I be better off just going Modem-->Linksys Router-->V Portal? My experience w/my current Motorola VT2542 has been so frustrating that I guess I don't like relying on any Vonage hardware for anything besides Voip.

With this setup (Modem->Linksys->Vonage), I'm assuming that I would have to turn QOS on in the Linksys and then turn DHCP off in the V Cast as well as assigning a non-conflicting IP address to the V Cast? Is this correct?

I really don't know much about networking and really appreciate any advice you can give.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Connecting the Vonage VPortal to the Linksys does NOT necesitate assigning a Static IP since all your devices would be on the same subnet, it is just that should the lease expire and you have multiple machines on the Linksys, it may be assign a different IP to the Vonage device, which you would have to hunt around to find and access.

Also, setting QOS to an IP from your Linksys and the IP assignment changes would negate the QOS.

I would set the QOS to UDP 10000-20000 and I believe TCP 5060-5063.

Reagrding assignments, if the Linksys is 192.168.55.1, then start DHCP at 192.168.55.3 and assign 192.168.15.2 to the Vportal, with a DNS and Host IP at 192.168.55.1

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

PirateKatz wrote:
I do a great deal of network intensive tasks like streaming video, gaming, etc. Would I be better off just going Modem-->Linksys Router-->V Portal? My experience w/my current Motorola VT2542 has been so frustrating that I guess I don't like relying on any Vonage hardware for anything besides Voip.

With this setup (Modem->Linksys->Vonage), I'm assuming that I would have to turn QOS on in the Linksys and then turn DHCP off in the V Cast as well as assigning a non-conflicting IP address to the V Cast? Is this correct?


You can try it with the V-Portal out front to see if it handles your networking needs, but in my opinion, you would be better off placing the V-Portal behind your Linksys router and allow the V-Portal to act solely as a phone adapter. If you decide to go this route you should enable QoS on the Linksys and disable DHCP on the V-Portal.
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