Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon


Last night, I got our Vonage phone service working at our house. It seems to be working OK now. I'm still a little wary since this is the second router they sent us. The first one worked fine for the first 20-minute phone call I placed, but then we had problems with it for a few days. I finally called tech support and convinced them to send me a new router. The new router arrived yesterday, and last night I ran it through the paces -- I made and recieved a few calls to cell phones (mine and a friend's). I made a couple of long-distance calls to my parents and my brother. I checked out features like Caller ID, Call Waiting, and 3-Way Calling -- they all worked fine. The voice quality was good. It wasn't pristine -- there was some background hiss at times, but it wasn't bad. My brother said that the voice quality was better than my cell phone usually is. I connected our multi-handset cordless phone to the router and it worked fine, too. I configured the router for internet browsing (changed the admin password, turned off the wireless hotspot (for now), oppened up the BitTorrent port and configured it to have low QoS priority, etc.) and it worked great. I made a few phone calls this morning and surfed to a few internet sites and it all still seems good.

I really hope it works out, because if it does, we'll have a big cost savings and more features than we had with BellSouth. I'm not ready to endorse the service yet -- I want to give it a few months to make sure that it continues to be good. If it's consistantly as good as it was last night, I'm going to be happy with it. I'll let you know when I'm ready to endorse it. In the mean time, if you're planning on switching to Vonage anyway, let me send you a referral so I can get a kickback. But don't take my offering of referrals as an endorsement. Yet.
Tags: voip, vonage

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