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RT31P2 and SMCBR18VPN Router

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by DocLarge, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    At long last, ole Doc is taking the plunge into VOIP. Forgive me, but I've strayed from the ways of Linksys as of late and the RT31P2 brings me back...

    I'm expecting the unit to get here this weekend, but I noticed something "after" (as always) I paid for the service; the router I'm using to host all of my vpn tunnels (SMCBR18VPN) doesn't have Qos available in this particular firmware version.

    This is obviously how I'm going to set things up:

    Internet<--->modem<--->smcbr18vpn<--->rt31p2

    I've used this configuration with other routers behind the SMC, but I'm hoping (emphasis on hoping) there's some type of internal load balancing that will preserve the bandwith between my vpn tunnels, regular internet usage, and the rt31p2, although not likely.

    Does anyone have any horror stories over using a VOIP product without Qos such as "bandwith drain" and "crackling telephone service" as a result?

    Doc
     
  2. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    Doesn't an RT31P2 come with QoS option? BTW, the crackling telephone sounds are mostly caused by wireless connection, IIRC.
     
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yeah, I just caught that earlier when I did a google search on it. I ordered my Vonage at around 10:30 PM and didn't think about it at the time. Now that I know it has a Qos option, my hysteria has subsided and all is good.

    Now I'm positive that I'm going to put it behind my SMC router. I'm going to assume once I set the cause, I shouldn't see any problems...

    Doc
     
  4. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    Does your SMV router have a QoS support? If no, the QoS support on the RT31P2 is useless unless you have no other Internet devices connected to the SMC router.
     
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    AAAAAARRRRGH!!! *Sigh*

    Sadly, no, the SMC does not have Qos management on it. And to add to this growing cluster, I've got four other machines connected wirelessly (I'm using my WRT54GC as an access point because the smcbr18vpn is a wired router). Damn, this is what I was afraid of, the possibility of losing clarity due to other machines being attached to the SMC...

    Doc
     
  6. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    Can you call Vonage and ask them to replace thie archaic RT31P2 with a better WiFi VoIP router, i.e. WRTP54G? Mind you this WRTP54G WiFi VoIP router isn't the best, but will do what you need to supply WiFi to your WRT54GC. It also has a QoS built-in.
     
  7. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I thought about upgrading that but the only problem is that my smcbr18vpn router runs all of the vpn tunnels I need. If I put another router in front, I won't be able to run my vpn tunnels. Therefore, I'm stuck with my smc router being the perimeter router... :(
     
  8. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    IIRC, the WRTP54G also support a VPN. Please confirm this with Vonage before you go ahead to request the unit.
     
  9. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The WRTP54G doesn't support vpn endpoint termination (the ability to create and mantain vpn tunnels) so I just found out that isn't an option either. As of now, I've got my virtual number, local number, and dedicated fax set up throught my RT31P2. It dropped out last night and I've just had to restart it. I'm looking for a router that has Qos along with the capability to do VPN endpoint termination and the search looks scarce at the moment :)

    Other than that, it ain't bad. I just have to make sure I'm not downloading if I'm on the phone :D

    Doc
     

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