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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:33 pm    Post subject: Click here for router setup instructions! Reply with quote Back to top

After reading these forums for awhile I thought I would add simple instructions for how to setup Vonage thru any router.
This setup assumes that you have a home network with 2 computers and Vonage!
The info below applies to most routers although I am sure there are some that this setup will not work with.

The first thing to look at is to make sure your router is setup for DHCP. Log onto your router setup page and make sure this is enabled.The DHCP server has a lease time which is available. Look on the DHCP area of your router setup page for this it will say client lease time or something similar.
Set the lease time of the DHCP server to its max which is 34463 approx 23 days. What happens when you do this is the DHCP server will assign ip addresses for your network when this time expires.BY setting this to the max time this will only occur every 23 days or so thus not interupting your Vonage service!
On the same page in your router setup you should see an area that says number of DHCP users. This is IMPORTANT.... set this number to the total number of devices hooked up to your router in your network. In my setup that is 3 , my desktop computer, my wireless WiFi, and Vonage.
By doing this you are telling the router should it reassign an new IP address in your network to assign 3 IP addresses. If you don't do this then you will have to reboot the Vonage Motorola or Cisco box every time there is an interuption such as a power failure or when the lease time for the DHCP server is up!

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!
If your router provides it look in your router setup page for port forwarding! If you see a tab that says port triggering use it instead of port forwading. The difference between the two is that the port triggering will assign the device that triggers the ports you select to pass through.
This means that even if you have a power failure you should never have to reboot the Vonage box again because if your router selects a new network IP then the port triggering will still allow Vonage to work without having to reset the IP in the port forwarding box.

To recap if you have port triggering available use it instead of port fowarding.

I know its been posted before but for convenience here are the ports for port triggering.

5060-5063
69
10000-20000

Make sure the above ports are enabled for both incomming and outgoing.

Once you get everything setup in your router then do the reboot as suggested by Vonage. Make sure your Vonage box is hooked into your router as though it were another computer.

For my setup I am using a Linksys BEFW11s4 Router.

I have tried a simulated power failure by turning the power off. When the power was turned back on everything worked without having to do a thing!

I hope this helps some of you that have been having problems with Vonage and your router!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

thanks for the tutorial, mitbr

one question. what should go in the port triggering "application name" field when configuring a linksys to work with the motorala vt1000?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:37 am    Post subject: help Reply with quote Back to top

The application name field can be what ever you want, this is for your reference.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:40 am    Post subject: help Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks mitbr, I think most of peoples problems are do to improper setup and configuration! Exclamation
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 2:15 pm    Post subject: digital voice setup Reply with quote Back to top

I don't have Vonage yet but seriously considering it, why use DHCP, can't you use static IP, that way you can assign an IP to the Vonage device and not worry about lease expiration, just a thought
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Most routers let you assign a static IP to a device based upon the MAC address, so that is an option. It is a bit more work, though, and I don't know if it is justified. I use DHCP on my router and I haven't had any issues at all.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hi everybody,

I found this article with a search engine:

http://www.webhazard.com/html/port_triggering_101.html

It explains the difference between port forwarding and triggering, in layman's terms. Now i understand a little more about it ... including why the application name field doesn't matter really (except as a referrence). Embarassed

It should be okay to set a linksys to do both port forwarding and triggering, hey? Does anybody know if it would somehow "confuse" the motorola vt1000, etc? Doesn't seem like it would, from what I've read, so went ahead and did both just to have all bases covered, but thought I'd ask anyway. Seems to be working *so far*, I just rebooted everything and made a couple incoming and outgoing calls to test before coming here to post.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

And as a side note (before somebody suggests I put it out front), I like the idea of having the motorala vt1000 behind the router, 'specially since i don't need the QoS. Roadrunner broadband is 384kbps upstream, more then enough leftover after the phone uses 90kbps, since i don't run servers and don't send files out often except the occasional jpg or mp3 to a friend on chat. I know the linksys works fine, i've been using it over a year (never used triggering tho, just port forwarding so i could transfer files with chat), without probs, so don't want to mess with the motorola on "the front" and have it bog down or crash if a flood of packets comes my way for whatever reason Shocked The linksys stealths everything well, which is probably the best defense from people wanting to "0wn" my computer or just make it unusable with DoS slams. just to show what a 'noid i am, I go thru a shell for chat too, just to further keep my IP# from attracting unwanted attention from the hooligans Very Happy

Hopefully Vonage willl get the motorola vt1000 up to speed as far as stealthing ports out-of-the-box (seems like a pain to go through the virtual address forwarding routine, especially for those less technically inclined then even I am), etc., for folks who only have one computer and don't need a seperate router, or who need the QoS. Might cut down on the calls to tech support to, since invariable a number of people are going to hit by scans and attract hackers looking for vulnerabilities, if their machine/network announces its presence
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

whoops! just got the dreaded fast busy signal for the first time, that people have complained about on various other threads here. Wonder if it has something to do with having BOTH triggering AND forwarding set up in the linksys (with the same ports)? I think I'll go back to just forwarding alone, i didn't have any problems until now with the phone, i've had it about week.

Maybe just triggering on its own would work too? I dunno, not in the mood to experiment tonight, think I'll just let it be with forwarding alone.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Just to clarify....Port forwarding means that you have mapped ports(s) from the router to a
single IP/machine and only that machine can use the mapped ports.

Port Triggering tells the router to be activated or "triggered" to keep
certain ports in use, when certain applications that use those ports are
run. This allows the application and the router to work together.

Port triggering has a couple of advantages one which was not mentioned yet is that it has better sercurity in that the port is only open while the application using it triggers it. Port forwarding will leave the port open all the time to the assigned network Ip address.

Logic would suggest that if you use both port forwarding and port triggering with the same ports open you could introduce problems if the routers DHCP server assigns a new IP to the Vonage box and defaults to the port forwarding for the reasons I mentioned in this orginal post!!

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