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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: What about adding WRT54G to RT31P2 for wireless notebook? Reply with quote Back to top

I've been with Vonage for a bit over a year, wired with the Linksys RT31P2. There have been zero problems all this time.

Now I'm getting a notebook with wi-fi and want it to be able to access my cable connection.

NewEgg.com has the Linksys WRT54G router for $39.99 after $15.00 mail-in rebate and free shipping.

Am I correct on the following items?
1. Put the WRT54G next to the cable modem; then the RT31P2 and phone. Wired computer plugs into the WRT54G. Notebook will access through the WRT54G. This positioning should give me network security (once configured).

2. Now, because the RT31P2 does not go directly to the cable modem, I will need to contact Vonage to inform them of the WRT54G.

Am I close on this, or totally screwed up? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

That configuration should work, and you should not have to make contact with Vonage. Once configured, your adapter should "call home" through the new router without any problems.

Keep in mind, however, that since the adapter is not connected to the modem directly, it cannot give priority to telephone traffic over computer data traffic. That can cause phone call quality issues if the computer is in heavy use when you're on the phone. You may be able to configure the new router to give priority to the adapter, but I'm not familiar with doing that.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, Steve.

Now I'm wondering whether that is a good idea. It would seem that phone traffic is more important.

But if the RT31P2 is next to the modem, is that a security problem?

Maybe the RT31P2 should go next to the modem, but no computers should go directly to that adapter. Instead, bothe wireless and wired computers go to the WRT54G router instead. ( hope the router has wired inputs.) If not, then the main computer goes wireless too. Then maybe the router security controls.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I don't know enough about the WRT to comment on its security provisions versus those of the RT31. I'd try it with the configuration you've got, and see if you have a problem. If not, then don't fix it 'cause it ain't broke.

If you do have a problem, check the manuals on the WRT and see if it has provisions for giving priority to one ethernet port or another. If that doesn't work, then consider moving the RT31 into the front position.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

OK. Will do. I don't have the router yet. NewEgg's sale ends tomorrow, so I may just go ahead and get it. I gets top ratings from PC Magazine.

The WRTP54G seems to be what Vonage people are using if they sign up for Vonage and want wireless, but maybe don't yet have a wifi setup. That unit looks like it should be simple to set up, yet I have seen lots of complaints on this forum.

It would seem to be just like the RT31P2 except that it accepts wireless as well as wired computer connections (plus the phone). I don't see why that would not be simpler except that I guess the downside is that security may be lacking. Don't know what it has. Maybe I'll try to look it up. I have heard that it is made just for Vonage.

Anyway, thanks for your input.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I talked to Vonage tech service tonight, and they confirmed that the Linksys WRT54G router will set me up fine.

Put my RT31P2 next to the cable modem. That will take care of phone packet priority. The router will be configured to protect the wireless from outside sources.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

the wrt54g is used by a ton of people here as evidenced with any search. put it first in line and setup qos. it's a better router and does a better job with qos than the rt31p2.

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the wrt54g is used by a ton of people here as evidenced with any search. put it first in line and setup qos. it's a better router and does a better job with qos than the rt31p2.


What is "qos?"

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"That will take care of phone packet priority"
qos is the fancy name for that. your manual will describe how to do it. it consists of about 5 steps.

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reebok wrote:
"That will take care of phone packet priority"
qos is the fancy name for that. your manual will describe how to do it. it consists of about 5 steps.


Thanks, John. My WRT54G came today, but my notebook is delayed, so I don't have anything wireless to connect as yet.

I briefly scanned the manual on the CD and did not see anything about packet priority, but I will go over it more closely while I'm waiting for the notebook.

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