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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:48 pm    Post subject: Is It Possible To Trade A Wired Router For A Wireless? Reply with quote Back to top

I have been using Vonage for over a year. I bought my adapter at BB and did a retail activation. In our previous home the PC was in the middle of a single story home, and was accessible constantly. Now we live in a 2 story home and the PC is one the second floor in the office. The entire 2nd floor is bedrooms and baths, with our office. We are always on the first floor and I am going to get Notebook PC and attempt to go wireless. With my router and cable HSI on the second floor should I just add a wireless router to my setup, or can I deactivate my RT31P2 and replace it with the wireless model? How does Vonage treat this? Guess I want to know if it is possible, and which is the easiest route to choose.

My cable goes into my SB5100, then I plug in the RT31P2, then my PC. I have 2 empty Ethernet ports. Could I put a wireless router into that without any conflicts?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

An additional question from a Vontage newbie...

I just ordered service with the Motorola box, and after reading in this nice forum, realized that I should have ordered the service with the Linksys. Will Vontage allow me to exchange? Has anyone successfully exchanged equipment?

The reason I am asking this here is I was just on the phone with Vontage, and after being forwarded 6 times, a US rep didn't know, and suggested the only way might be to cancel service, return everything, and then re-order (?!).

I realize that this situation is my fault, but if anyone has exchanged equipment and knows who to talk to in the Vontage organization I would appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It's possible to plug a wireless router into the existing Vonage adapter and to get it to work. It's also possible to replace the existing adapter with a wireless adapter.

Vonage can switch service from the old adapter to the new one. It's a matter of getting someone in customer service who knows how to do it. If you get someone who doesn't know how, ask for a supervisor and don't take no for an answer.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Is It Possible To Trade A Wired Router For A Wireless? Reply with quote Back to top

SuperDave wrote:
I have been using Vonage for over a year. I bought my adapter at BB and did a retail activation. In our previous home the PC was in the middle of a single story home, and was accessible constantly. Now we live in a 2 story home and the PC is one the second floor in the office. The entire 2nd floor is bedrooms and baths, with our office. We are always on the first floor and I am going to get Notebook PC and attempt to go wireless. With my router and cable HSI on the second floor should I just add a wireless router to my setup, or can I deactivate my RT31P2 and replace it with the wireless model? How does Vonage treat this? Guess I want to know if it is possible, and which is the easiest route to choose.

My cable goes into my SB5100, then I plug in the RT31P2, then my PC. I have 2 empty Ethernet ports. Could I put a wireless router into that without any conflicts?

Thanks.


Just unhook the cat5 to your pc <at the modem> and plug in the wireless router. Reboot the modem, then power the router. You should now be wireless. (assuming pcs are wifi enabled.) Reboot your PC to pull a new IP from the new router.

Try to get the router high in the center of the house (on the first floor) If you have a signal problem, you can adjust the placement. I like to use a Belkin USB adapter with the extention cord and stand on my PC. . I can move the PC adapter for best signal. I use a wireless router with no problems in coverage throughout a 2 storey house.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:10 am    Post subject: Re: Is It Possible To Trade A Wired Router For A Wireless? Reply with quote Back to top

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Just unhook the cat5 to your pc <at the modem> and plug in the wireless router. Reboot the modem, then power the router. You should now be wireless. (assuming pcs are wifi enabled.) Reboot your PC to pull a new IP from the new router.

Try to get the router high in the center of the house (on the first floor) If you have a signal problem, you can adjust the placement. I like to use a Belkin USB adapter with the extention cord and stand on my PC. . I can move the PC adapter for best signal. I use a wireless router with no problems in coverage throughout a 2 storey house.


My answer <above> was abbreviated and incomplete. I don't use Vonage hardware at home. Last time I checked, Vonage wants their box first; directly behind the cable service modem. (for best voice quality)

Your hook-up would be
cable modem=> Vonage box=> wireless router
There is a series of diagrams in the FAQ section on the Vonage site showing several possible configurations

Get a router with built in switch (usually 4 port) for wired connections and expansion. ( you may also like to upgrade to one with a dedicated printer port.)

All the hardware should be P&P, but read the instructions. Some need to have the drivers loaded on your PC before plugging in the hardware. This is so the driver is available when windoze adds the new hardware; always read the install manual.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I called Vonage to see if they had any kind of "trade-in" or "upgrade" plan to swap out my RTP300 with the wireless adapter (WRTG54G or something like that?). I was told they didn't really have anything like that. My only option would be to got to a store, buy a wireless router/phone adapter, and then call Vonage to swap the activation. Not really what I was wanting to hear, since I was hoping for some kind of discount, or something, but - there you go.
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rdarmand wrote:
I called Vonage to see if they had any kind of "trade-in" or "upgrade" plan to swap out my RTP300 with the wireless adapter (WRTG54G or something like that?). I was told they didn't really have anything like that. My only option would be to got to a store, buy a wireless router/phone adapter, and then call Vonage to swap the activation. Not really what I was wanting to hear, since I was hoping for some kind of discount, or something, but - there you go.


Keep your RTP300, and go to walmart and buy a v4 or less WRT54g for $50. Run the RTP300 off the WRT54G and you are golden.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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Keep your RTP300, and go to walmart and buy a v4 or less WRT54g for $50. Run the RTP300 off the WRT54G and you are golden.


Trowski is dead-on correct. A not-so-obvious (at least it wasn't to me) advantage to putting a store-bought WRT in front of your RTP is that you can control what firmware goes on the WRT. If you were to swap out the RTP for a Vonage-supplied wireless router (which is what I was considering doing), you are at their mercy for firmware since they can push out what they want when they want to. After reading some very helpful posts on this forum, I decided to keep my WRT54GS in front of my RTP300. I installed HyperWRT/Thibor firmware and modified my QOS settings, and now everything is working like a champ. I am now very grateful that I didn't go for a Vonage-supplied wireless router.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Trowski is also dead-on correct that if you buy a WRT54G, make VERY sure that it is *NOT* a version 5. The sticker on the back of the box will have the version number listed with the model number. The version 5's (which are the latest version) can not be tweaked with third-party firmware and have only half the memory of other versions.
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Keep your RTP300, and go to walmart and buy a v4 or less WRT54g for $50. Run the RTP300 off the WRT54G and you are golden.


Trowski is dead-on correct. A not-so-obvious (at least it wasn't to me) advantage to putting a store-bought WRT in front of your RTP is that you can control what firmware goes on the WRT. If you were to swap out the RTP for a Vonage-supplied wireless router (which is what I was considering doing), you are at their mercy for firmware since they can push out what they want when they want to. After reading some very helpful posts on this forum, I decided to keep my WRT54GS in front of my RTP300. I installed HyperWRT/Thibor firmware and modified my QOS settings, and now everything is working like a champ. I am now very grateful that I didn't go for a Vonage-supplied wireless router.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Trowski is also dead-on correct that if you buy a WRT54G, make VERY sure that it is *NOT* a version 5. The sticker on the back of the box will have the version number listed with the model number. The version 5's (which are the latest version) can not be tweaked with third-party firmware and have only half the memory of other versions.


Thanks Bud...I'll send you that $20 Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Nothing really new to add to this, just this: LISTEN TO TROWSKI AND JEEPGUY!!!!!!!

Take it from someone who spent months, and countless hours of frustration, trying to make a Vonage-supplied router do what a Linksys router SHOULD do, and failed...

Do NOT, under any circumstances, spend money to "upgrade" to a Vonage supplied router. If you have one, and it's working for you, fine. But don't intentionally go out and do this. Vonage routers are great for Vonage, but they are only adequate routers. If your demands are low, then they can work out, but why bother? Stick with a Vonage device for Vonage and a router for routing.

For the router, my recommendation is the same as Trowski and Jeepguy ... get yourself a WRT54G V4 or earlier, or a WRT54GL, or a WRT54GS. These devices can be had in the $50-75 range, and are Linux based routers that, with free aftermarket firmware, can be turned into serious routers that can compete with lower-end professional gear.

To tell if the WRT54G you are buying is good, just AVOID serial numbers starting in "CDFB". "CDFB" indicates the new VXWORKS-based WRT54G, which means no aftermarket firmware.

Sporadic reports are still showing that pre-V5 units can still, for now, be found at package stores like Walmart for about $50, though your local stock may vary. Worst case, you can pick up a WRT54GL (which is a WRT54G V4 in a different box), or a WRT54GS (which is ALSO a WRT54G in a different box whose Linksys-supplied firmware gives it SpeedBooster). Those come at a premium, but you can also buy them mail order, since ALL WRT54GS and WRT54GL units are Linux based.

Then go to www.linksysinfo.org and start reading up on all the wonderful things your new shiny blue box can do, and be dazzled by the choices you have in turning this humble blue box into a routing powerhouse.

If you REALLY want a Vonage supplied router, I'd be happy to trade my WRTP54G for your RT, as long as you can get Vonage to do the phone number swap and you give me a few bucks for the trade. $25'd be reasonable, I think. I'd be just as happy having three "blue box" Linksys units rather than two of them (my cable modem and my WRT54G) and a silver one (the Vonage WRTP54G). Wink

But I'd heavily recommend that you just go out and buy the WRT54G, or any other router you choose, and have your own router that YOU control, rather than leaving your Internet routing up to the whims of the latest Vonage firmware update (ouch!).

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