Aug. 26th, 2006
Anyone using Vonage?

I'm tempted to switch our landline over after learning Vonage only eats up 96kbps of your upstream (we have 768k up, so plenty to go around).

I'm really concerned though by the apparent need to forward 10,000 UDP ports to the Vonage VoIP device. That seems a rather sloppy and cludgy way to implement it. We only have one public IP at this time, and I'd rather leave the Vonage device behind the firewall so that the web interface is accessible. I really don't understand why they couldn't reduce the number of ports and use UPnP to report to the router which ports it's using at any given time.

The other concern is faxes. We probably use that about once a year, but I'd rather not lose that ability.

Anyone have any opinions or experience with it?

[Edit: Also thinking about using the VTtech IP8100 with it.]

Mood: curious
Listening to: Mephiskapheles - The Bumble Bee Tuna Song
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NCSUJncsuj on August 26th, 2006 - 09:47 pm
I have absolutely no input about Vonage whatsoever.

But I will say, you are lookin particularly lickable in that icon with your star trek blue tooth earpiece in.
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gethenix on August 26th, 2006 - 09:55 pm
you're speaking gibberish to me. :)
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Citizen of the Worldcarl9331 on August 26th, 2006 - 10:11 pm
we use callvantage from att and it works fine for use. didnt need to forward ports or anything.
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PegasusSFpegasussf on August 26th, 2006 - 11:53 pm
What about Skype? Works pretty well for me, for calling overseas mostly.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 27th, 2006 - 12:01 am
We need it to go to a physical phone. We don't really use the landline much and only have it because we need something to answer the gate, so ideally it will go to a phone we pick up and answer. Although I guess we could have it route to a computer near the door. But I think we prefer the idea of using a cordless.
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PegasusSFpegasussf on August 27th, 2006 - 01:19 am
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Joejoephus on August 27th, 2006 - 12:57 am
My Mom and Dad have had Vonage for about a year now and are about 95% happy with it. Occasionally there is noise on the line and it just drops out of a call once in a blue moon. However, the price they are paying is a million times better than the regular phone company. Again, it's dependant on the stability of your online service... if internet cuts out... so does your phone.

I also like the feature that forwards your calls to a cell phone or other phone number if the internet should cut out so you won't be missing any calls.
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Johndipdewdog on August 27th, 2006 - 01:28 am
I use Vonage without any ports forwarded, they offer a fax line, but you can fax with a regular line so long as you have the quality set to high (90kbps)

I can get you a referral if you like. I think you get a month or two free.
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Johndipdewdog on August 27th, 2006 - 01:33 am
P.S. Which router and firmware are you using? Depending on your usage habits, your Internet activity can make Vonage choppy (esp. if you use bittorrent...) I recommend a router that can take the DD-WRT open source firmware, as it has a rather advanced QoS built in.
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Rob: Bad Stitchpriorysion on August 27th, 2006 - 07:46 am
Why on earth do you need a landline?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on September 9th, 2006 - 10:26 pm
We really just need it for the gate buzzer. Aside from that, we'd dump it!
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