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Re: My Vonage Experience So Far

Tony P. (
Thu, 11 Nov 2004 22:27:12 -0500

In article <>, TELECOM Digest Editor
noted in response to

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I agree sometimes the hold time when
> calling Vonage is worse that it should be. I can also tell you that
> as I have heard from others, Vonage is no longer using the Linksys
> router for their adapter; too many other complaints including yours.
> I have a Motorola adapter, which seems to do okay and one day in a
> conversation with a Vonage rep we were talking about the (new for
> them) Linksys router. I started with Vonage using the Cisco phone
> adapter, switched over the Motorola since I have other Motorola
> products here (Surfboard cable 'modem'), and asked the guy if I
> should try the newest adapter they have, the Linksys. "Nah," he
> said, "You don't want to mess with it. We've already had various
> complaints on it, and I think they are going to stop shipping it
> as well."

> My suggestion is try your various (cluster of) phones one at a time
> giving you one REN on the line at a time talking to the Linksys.
> See if your two offending phones can at least work along with the
> Linksys by themselves, i.e. adapter to one phone. If they can get
> that far, then when they are on your internal network and act up
> again, you may want to think about a possible problem with your
> own network. Let us know how it works for you. PAT]


I did try them one at time with nothing else connected to the linksys
router. I put the unit on my scope -- it definitely isn't pushing
enough current to drive a bell.

I'm going to order Mike Sandman's internal electronic ringers and just
retrofit my vintage gear with that. I'm also working on a pulse to
dtmf converter -- I'll let everyone know when I finish it as then you
can use your rotary dial gear with VoIP.

What spawned that is I've got a nice 302 and a 1950's Imperial (The
gold plated 202 with F type handset and network/bell box.) They work
so well a decorative elements in this place. People are actually
shocked to learn they're still functional.

When WE built these things they were meant to last forever. The 302 is
54 years old and still going strong.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Well, you really should not have to
buy additional equipment from Mike Sandman (although I am sure he will
be glad to sell it to you) in order to get what you paid for from
Vonage to work correctly. If you can document what you said your scope
shows about the Linksys router (maybe with a print out, etc) then I
would say ask Vonage to replace it for you. I have heard of 202/302
type phones (which always used the 'side-ringer' wall box to ring the
phone) which drew heavy current to operate, but this does sound
ridiculous. Let us know how your project works out. PAT]

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