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Videoconference and VOIP

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by calabacin, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. calabacin

    calabacin Network Guru Member

    Hi everyone!!!
    I´m thinking of purchasing one of these routers WRT54G or WRT54GS and I´m gonna use it for videoconference and VOIP.Well,my question is:which one is the best for these kind of tasks.
    Do I need one with more memory?What do you guys think?Because someone told me that the WRT54G is better for this than the other one,with quality service,but I know nothing about this,so I appreciate yor ideas,suggestions etc....

    Thanks so much
     
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    The best hardware out there available for sale is the WRT54GL. The WRT54G and WRT54GS have been replaced with new "Version 5" models of the units which are based on a closed source operating system and therefore cannot accept the aftermarket firmware that makes these units truly great. The WRT54GL is based in Linux.

    If you can find a G with a serial number of CDFA or lower, or a GS with a serial number of CGN6 or lower, then you have a Linux-compatible unit.

    The only way to get the older "GS" model with the additional memory (which in all likelihood you won't need anyway) is to find one on eBay or luck out in a store finding one with a serial number of CGN5 or lower.

    In addition to being capable or running aftermarket firmware, the Linksys-supplied firmware for the older units is much more stable and mature. The new closed-source firmware still has a number of frequently-reported issues, and no real way to fix them.

    I use my WRT54G V4 (same as a WRT54GL) for VoIP and it performs admirably.
     
  3. calabacin

    calabacin Network Guru Member

    Thanks for replying

    That´s what I´ve just done,I purchased a WRT54GL on Amazon 70.99$ total (Free shipping).
    Thanks for your help.
    Do you know where I can information about Voip with this router.

    Thank you again.
     
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I have Vonage, and have typed up an article for configuring that router (with Tofu or Thibor) for Vonage specifically.

    http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54gl.html

    Then on to QoS:

    http://vonage.nmhoy.net/qos.html
    http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54glqos.html

    You can also use www.testyourvoip.com to test bandwidth and latency for VoIP, which will give you a good idea of how solid your connection is to support services like VoIP. They even have a video conference test, I think, that tests higher bandwidth applications.
     

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