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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 1:53 pm    Post subject: tivo and direcTV Reply with quote Back to top

i have been wanting to get Vonage for a long time now but i have 3 directv receivers in my house (one of which is a direcTivo) and a standalone series 1 tivo (SVR-2000). In the past i have heard that many users have had problems getting their tivos to dial out over Vonage but recently i see a few posts about the svr-2000 and that it is working now.

however i have a couple more questions:
directv says that each receiver has to be connected to a phone line. is that just for when i order PPV movies (which i did once in 6 years) or do i actually have to keep each receiver connected for some important reason?

also - i just want to make sure i know how to set it all up - i assume that my broadband connection comes into my house and into my cable modem, and ethernet out to my router. then from my router to the Vonage modem and Vonage modem to my phone system right? can i just connect the line feeding all my phones in the house into the Vonage modem or is there more to it than that?

i definitely want to make sure that all phones in my house use Vonage.

any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

one more thing - how does the caller ID work? if i have phones with the caller ID displays on them, will it still work properly with Vonage?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: tivo and direcTV Reply with quote Back to top

bdee1 wrote:

directv says that each receiver has to be connected to a phone line. is that just for when i order PPV movies (which i did once in 6 years) or do i actually have to keep each receiver connected for some important reason?

Sports subscriptions. They determine which games you are eligible to watch based on your location as determined by your phone number.

bdee1 wrote:
also - i just want to make sure i know how to set it all up - i assume that my broadband connection comes into my house and into my cable modem, and ethernet out to my router. then from my router to the Vonage modem and Vonage modem to my phone system right?


Most of the newer Vonage devices are routers so you can optionally replace your Router with the Vonage one. If you want to make use of QOS your Vonage router should be placed between your cable modem and the rest of your equipment.

bdee1 wrote:

can i just connect the line feeding all my phones in the house into the Vonage modem or is there more to it than that?

i definitely want to make sure that all phones in my house use Vonage.


There is a little more. I suggest you review the Michigan Telephone Guide for Distributing VoIP

bdee1 wrote:
one more thing - how does the caller ID work? if i have phones with the caller ID displays on them, will it still work properly with Vonage?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ok so i took a look at the michigan link and then went to check out my phone line setup outside the house and it looks nothing like anything mentioned there.

i took some pics which i am in the process of uploading and will post in a minute but basically the line comes from the pole to a small gray box and inside that box the wires are screwed into terminals and connected to more wires which go into the house.

when you go inside the house it looks like about 3 wires with white insulation come into the house and go into another wall mounted box. inside that box the colored wires from inside the 3 white wires are screwed down onto several terminals. a standard phone patch cord comes out of this box and into an rj15 end which plugs into a circular device next to this box. and it appears that feeds the phones.

i will post the pics in a few minutes and hopefully this will make a little more sense.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

here are the pics:
box outside the house (closed):
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxOutside_closed.jpg

box outside the house (open):
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxOutside_open.jpg

box(es) inside the house:
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxinside.jpg

if anyone could please tell me whats going on with my setup and how i could modify it to work with Vonage i would really appreciate it.
oh and if it helps i can post the hi-res photos (5MP).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

bdee1 wrote:
here are the pics:
box outside the house (closed):
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxOutside_closed.jpg

box outside the house (open):
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxOutside_open.jpg

box(es) inside the house:
http://www.deewebservices.com/miscpics/boxinside.jpg

if anyone could please tell me whats going on with my setup and how i could modify it to work with Vonage i would really appreciate it.
oh and if it helps i can post the hi-res photos (5MP).


You should use the forum posting tools and actually post the pics, rather than link to them.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

box outside the house (closed):


box outside the house (opened):


boxes inside the house:


upon further investigation it appears as though the wires in the outside box are a "quad" setup and perhaps the outside box is just for surge supression?

and 3 or 4 inside the wires just run to a box which connects them all onto a patch cable.

so would i just be able to unplug the rj15 jack from the circular device inside and plug my Vonage adapter into that?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Unplug the rectangular box from the circular jack and then plug the Vonage adapter into any wall outlet.

Hang a tag on the unplugged cable warning of the dire consequences of plugging it back in and put some tape over the jack in the round thing.

Good to go! (As they say at Taco Bell)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

scerruti wrote:
Unplug the rectangular box from the circular jack and then plug the Vonage adapter into any wall outlet.

Hang a tag on the unplugged cable warning of the dire consequences of plugging it back in and put some tape over the jack in the round thing.

Good to go! (As they say at Taco Bell)


Right on!

He doesn't have to even mess with that ancient wiring block outside.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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have been wanting to get Vonage for a long time now but i have 3 directv receivers in my house (one of which is a direcTivo) and a standalone series 1 tivo (SVR-2000). In the past i have heard that many users have had problems getting their tivos to dial out over Vonage but recently i see a few posts about the svr-2000 and that it is working now.

however i have a couple more questions:
directv says that each receiver has to be connected to a phone line. is that just for when i order PPV movies (which i did once in 6 years) or do i actually have to keep each receiver connected for some important reason?

also - i just want to make sure i know how to set it all up - i assume that my broadband connection comes into my house and into my cable modem, and ethernet out to my router. then from my router to the Vonage modem and Vonage modem to my phone system right? can i just connect the line feeding all my phones in the house into the Vonage modem or is there more to it than that?

i definitely want to make sure that all phones in my house use Vonage.

any tips would be greatly appreciated.


I have two DTV Tivos and I recommend that you look into using a null serial cable instead of playing with all those funky codes. It it easy to setup and you can get the cable from 9thtee.com
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