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 From:  Michael Brown <knightmb at knightmb dot dyndns dot org>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Trouble with VoIP and AC Nielsen's Homescan consumer panel
 Date:  Thu, 14 Sep 2006 13:22:23 -0500
This is in no way a bang against cable Internet providers, but the 
customers that I've dealt with that use *any* other VoIP provider with 
cable always seem to have this problem.  Mainly with Comcast cable, may 
not be the same for you. I use (5) Vonage VoIP lines for my business and 
never have any problems with calls, voice quality, etc. I use Covad DSL, 
but this isn't a DSL vs. Cable kind of discussion so my input is that 
I've seen others with the exact same issue when using VoIP via Cable 
Internet providers.  Comcast offers their own VoIP solution which seems 
to work just fine (go figure).  I guess it begs the question, did have 
Vonage with DSL before you switched or after?


Richard Deno wrote:
> A bit after I switched for DSL to cable (8Mb down, 1.5Mb up--w00t!), I 
> also
> switched my phone service to Vonage.  Good price, but I've been having 
> some
> problems with sound quality.  Half the time when we are talking to 
> someone
> they say that it sounds like we are talking under water, and we've been
> having some trouble transmitting from our Homescan handheld device.  For
> those who don't know (most everyone) AC Nielsen (the same people who 
> do TV
> ratings) have a program called the "Homescan Consumer Panel".  In this 
> they
> send you a handheld bar code scanner, and you scan everything that you 
> buy.
> On the body of the scanner there is an acoustic coupler speaker cup, 
> and to
> transmit you call their 800 number, press the speaker against the phone's
> microphone and press OK.  It than makes a standard modem type connection,
> and transmits all the data that it has collected since it last 
> transmitted.
> We usually don't have a problem with transmitting, but lately we just
> haven't been able to get the data through.  At first I thought it was
> because a Bit-Torrent client was running on our network, but even with 
> all
> the computers turned off, we still can't get it through.  I already have
> traffic shaper going, but I was wondering if it would be possible to
> partition off a specific amount of bandwidth for the Vonage adapter 
> itself?
> I have the call quality set at 90 Kbps and Vonage is heavily preferred
> (weighted at 100 with the highest anything else being at 13).
> Any suggestions would be great--I'll send out my config file in the 
> next two
> e-mails (30000 bytes limit).
> Thanks--
> Richard