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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:59 am    Post subject: Moving Vonage adapter far from router? Reply with quote Back to top

I have FiOS service, and the router is on the 2nd floor of my townhouse. For the last few years, I've had a Vonage adapter connected to the FiOS router and a cordless phone (with two handsets) connected to the adapter.

Recently, I created a home office in my basement, and I've been using one of the cordless handsets there. I'm finding that the phone connections are not completely reliable. Everything sounds OK to me, but the other party often tells me that the sound from my end is "breaking up."

I'd like to avoid moving the router or doing anything else that would require new wiring. I'm wondering whether I could move the Vonage adapter to the basement and link it to the router (two floors above) using a wireless ethernet bridge, a wifi range extender or powerline networking. This would let me move the telephone base unit to the basement, which I hope will fix my problem.

One more option is to use wireless phone jacks to link a phone in the basement to the unit upstairs (and leave the Vonage adapter where it is), but I've heard that these are prone to interference, so I might just end up trading one problem for another.

Any thoughts / advice?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:18 am    Post subject: Re: Moving Vonage adapter far from router? Reply with quote Back to top

How old is your phone?

Maybe get one of the new DECT 6 phones. They claim better clarity, longer distance - usually has more than one extension.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The phone is fairly recent -- it is a DECT 6 model and has generally performed well. I think I'll do some more testing to see if I can reproduce the problem by setting up a call between my Vonage line and my other (Verizon) landline. Maybe the problem is in my Vonage adapter or the FiOS unit.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject: Re: Moving Vonage adapter far from router? Reply with quote Back to top

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I'd like to avoid moving the router or doing anything else that would require new wiring. I'm wondering whether I could move the Vonage adapter to the basement and link it to the router (two floors above) using a wireless ethernet bridge, a wifi range extender or powerline networking. This would let me move the telephone base unit to the basement, which I hope will fix my problem.


I have a similar situation, with my cable modem& router far from where I want much of my connectivity. I purchased Netgear powerline networking devices via eBay and everything works well - not only Vonage adapters, but even 1080p HD video streaming via my PS3. There are 3 different generations of powerline networkiing devices. Mine are the middle tier, with 85 Mb/sec specs. I have one device plugged into the router, and two others at different locations in the house. Those two have built in 4-port switches, making them even nicer.

I'd stay away from wireless solutions, I think you'll find that will result in less than 100% reliable results.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Thanks for Powerline info Reply with quote Back to top

DallasFlier, thanks for your advice and for sharing your experience. Since my last post, I've found that my problem really does seem to be with the phone, so your solution might just work for me.

Tech support at AT&T (or whoever has the license to build phones under their name -- it might be Vtech) told me that I might be getting interference from the other DECT 6 phone in my house (it's connected to the other phone line), so I might also see an improvement if I switch that phone to a different type.
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