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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 10:42 am    Post subject: Installing Linksys RT31P2 with static IP Reply with quote Back to top

I am a new Vonage customer and am going to be receiving my Linksys RT31P2 phone adapter today. However, I have looked through out the Vonage site and through these forums on how to install this adapter with a static IP address and have not (as of yet) found any information what would help me.

My configuration is slightly different than standard. I have been assigned 4 static IPs from my DSL ISP (my work) and because of this my DSL modem does not act as a DHCP server, it acts as a gateway. From my DSL modem I currently have a wireless router that uses one of the 4 static IPs and then acts as a firewall/DHCP server. As per the installation instructions I have read, it is a best practice to install the Phone adapter between the modem and the router so that it is able to "throttle" the bandwidth to provide better phone quality. However, in order to do this with my configuration, to the best of my understanding, I would need to assign a static IP address to the Phone adapter (as it would not dynamically receive and IP from a DHCP server) and then possibly have it act as the DHCP server. Is this correct thinking? I would prefer both the phone adapter and the wireless router to have static IPs, but I don't know if this is a possibility if I want to have the phone adapter "throttle" the connection.

Any information/links you could provide me that would instruct me on the best configuration for my particular situation would be greatly appreciated. My information is summarized below.

Current Configuration: DSL Modem gateway (static address) -> wireless router acting as Firewall/DHCP (static address) -> home computers (Dynamic addresses)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: Installing Linksys RT31P2 with static IP Reply with quote Back to top

Throttling is kind of a good especially on the slower connection speeds but all you really need to connect both units with static IP's is a switch. Then you will be able to use the static IP's given to you for the wireless router and the phone adapter.
So it would go: your DSL modem, switch and then your other devices off of the ports from the switch.
Now if a slower connection is what you have then go: DSL Modem, phone adapter (given a static IP address), then your wireless router set to accept an IP address automatically.
By the way the phone adapter uses 90Kbps of your bandwidth per line max.
One more little bit of info, between the modem and the switch you may need to use a crossover cable if an uplink port is not available. This just switches a couple of wires around in the cable or port so that a connection can be made. So if you connect the modem to the switch on a LAN port and you don't get a light on then you need to use either a crossover cable or the uplink port. (some switches will have an actual switch instead of an uplink port but it is only for one of the LAN ports, usually designated by a line between the port and switch.)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the help, I am kind of a newbie and forgot to mention that my DSL modem can be configured (and currently is) configured to be a switch. I figured as a worst case I would just hook up the Phone adapter, as you suggested, directly to the switch and assign it one of the static IPs.

As for the "throttling" I wasn't too worried about the Voip eating too much bandwidth, I was more worried about my wireless router/computers eating too much and degrading my Voip quality if used at the same time. Officially my DSL is 1.5mbps down/ 896 kbps up, but in practice I typically get 1.2mbps down/675kbps up. If I follow your second suggestion, to take advantage of the "throttling" , would:
(1) both my Phone adapter and the wireless router be DHCP servers (with the wireless router being assigned a static non-routible IP from the Phone adapter)?
Or would:
(2) the Phone adapter become my only DHCP server/Firewall and I would just somehow configure the wireless router to be an access point to the Phone adapter controlled network?

Thanks again.
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