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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: QoS settings on WRT54GS for 4 accounts Reply with quote Back to top

Vonage QoS

I'm posting to this board in hopes of receiving better guidance than what I have received from either Vonage or Linksys technical support, where any questions that deviate from the script or require some real-world experience are apparently beyond the scope of assistance by phone.

I'm specifically in search of advice on how to best set up my main, non-Vonage router to insure the highest level of voice QoS. To that end, I'm interested in either tweaking the Linksys firmware, or installing a third-party firmware such as that from Sveasoft.

Here is my home network set-up:

1) I have cable broadband from Comcast entering my home via a Motorola Surfboard SB5120 modem.

2) The modem is connected to my main router, a Linksys WRT54GS, currently loaded with Linksys firmware version 4.70.6. This router is being operated in wired mode only, as I presently have no wireless computers in the home.

3) LAN Port 1 on the main router is connected to an eight port hub in my home's structured wiring panel. This panel is a basement "home run" point, feeding CAT-5 cable to seven rooms on the main and upper levels of the home.

4) Two of those rooms have Apple desktop machines connected via ethernet.

5) A third room has an Apple Airport Express connected via ethernet. The AAE is operating in stand-alone mode for the sole purpose of using its AirTunes functionality to stream music from iTunes on the two Macs to the main stereo. So again, all wireless functionality is disabled.

6) From LAN Ports 2, 3 and 4 on the main router I have connected 3 Vonage phone adaptors, the Linksys RT31P2, currently loaded with Linksys firmware version 1.28.00. The reason for three adaptors is that the home requires three separate Vonage accounts (as opposed to addition line service). One of those accounts also has a fax line. In other words, I'm operating four distinct lines of Vonage, sometimes simultaneously.

7) The RJ-11 Ports on the RT31P2 units are all connected to an eight port hub in my home's structured wiring panel. Like the computers, the phone sets are connected to wall jacks in the individual rooms upstairs.

On the whole, the system has been pretty rock solid, apart from Vonage system outages. I have used the Vonage Upload Speed Test (on their website's Help section) to monitor the baseline service I'm receiving from Comcast. With just one computer operating, and no Vonage phone lines in use, I typically receive the following statistics:

Download speed: approx 2.3 Mbps, though occasionally in the high 3s
Upload speed: approx 330 kbps
Quality of Service: 20-50%, occasionally in the 80s or 90s
Round Trip Time: 100ms
Max Pause: sometimes under 100ms, sometimes in the 400s, occasionally in between

So, as with most cable providers, the bandwidth is in constant flux, and therefore my Vonage voice QoS ranges pretty greatly as well. Some calls it's loud and crisp, sometimes it's weak and noisy, and occasionally it just bottoms out completely. I notice a definite difference as we pile on the usage, for example, two phone lines in use and two computers actively downloading all at once.

I do not wish to use Vonage's Bandwidth Saver option. I would prefer to set up QoS on the main router so as to ensure that the voice traffic takes priority over other data traffic. So, to reiterate my opening query, I'm interested in either tweaking the Linksys firmware, or installing a third-party firmware such as those from Sveasoft, and setting it for max voice QoS.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Checking out manojav's setup would be a good place to start for a WRT54G/Sveasoft setup.

The easiest thing to do would be to setup the Uplink and Dnlink values, and configure the WAN MAC address of each RT31P2 to have "Premium" priority. You still might have problems if all RTP31P2's are making calls at the same time though.

If you do things like heavy p2p downloads, you can setup that traffic to have "Bulk" priority so that it won't impact higher prioritized traffic.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:13 pm    Post subject: QoS - Broadband Booster Reply with quote Back to top

Hawking Technology makes a Broadband Booster (HBB1). Designed specifically to prioritize traffic over your broadband connection. I installed mine about two weeks ago. Seems to work as claimed.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top


I too am a multiple adapter user and am configured much the same way you are.

When I first moved to multiple phone adapters I had problems and went searching for QoS solutions. The first one that worked was Alchemy. I have played with other firmwares with varying degrees of success, but as I moved to 3 then 4 adapters the functionality of Alchemy/Talisman really became apparent. I now have rock solid communications (except my youngest child phone which can get choppy - see below)

I have used Sveasoft/Freeman firmware since Alchemy (currently I am using Talisman), and have benefitted from the QoS that Sveasoft offers. It is quite granular in its tweaking from the user interface but suits my needs quite well.

manojav's posts above are quite descriptive and mimic those of my setup too except I have opted for netmask priority as my sole method of addressing QoS. I have my pc's set for standard and my adapters set for express (the kids adapters are set for bulk and occasionally they get choppy audio)

I would comment that using bandwidth save function is not neccesarily a "bad thing" - don't just dismiss it out of hand. I currently use the "middle 50kbs" setting and it works fine. I personally don't notice that much of a difference.
But - on my fax/data line I have the bandwidth saver set for 90k and/or prefix my phone numbers with *99.

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