On of the first steps in setting up Vonage service is connecting your telephone router. In my case, it's the Linksys RT31P2, a 3-port router with two telephone connections. If you don't have a home network in place, this process is pretty simple. Plug your internet connection into the router, plug your telephone into the router, and plug in your computer into the router. This takes all of about two minutes, unless you have fat, little elf fingers (no disrespect to elves.)
Since I already have a home network, the default setup didn't work for me. I wanted to add the new Linksys RT31P2 to my existing network. And here's where it gets just a little more tricky.
First, I have a Linksys BEFSR41 four port router/switch as my primary router. While there is some documentation that says that the Vonage router will work behind my Linksys router, no one really has any documentation saying just how that's supposed to happen.
So, here's how I connected the Linksys RT31P2 Vonage Tel-Router to my Linksys BEFSR41 network (if you want to try the same, I suggest hitting "PRINT" now). This works for me – your mileage may vary and don't come crying to me. OK?
1) Print these directions. (I warned ya!)
2) Access your router's configuration page and locate the DNS server information. This is usually on a status page or area. Make a note of all of the addresses (numbers separated by periods)
3) Disconnect the line from your computer network card to your existing router.
4) Connect the line from your computer into the #1 port on the Linksys RT31P2.
5) Connect a telephone to the Linksys RT31P2.
6) Power on the Linksys RT31P2.
7) Open a browser window.
8) Access the setup screen for the Linksys RT31P2 by typing "192.168.15.1" (no quotes) into the address bar. Login as user name "admin" (no quotes) and password "admin" (no quotes).
9) On the SETUP tab, change the Internet Connection type to STATIC IP.
10) Set the following for the Static IP address:
- Ip Address type in, 192.168.1.110
- Subnet Mask type, 255.255.255.0
- Default Gateway, 192.168.1.1
- DNS 1: enter the DNS server from Step 2 above
- DNS 2: enter the second DNS server from step 2
- DNS 3: enter the second DNS server from step 2 or leave all zero's in this field
11) Click Save, and exit this page.
12) Disconnect the line from your Computer to the RT31P2.
13) Reconnect your computer to your original router.
14) Connect the RT31P2 to your router using the cable provided – plug it into any numbered port on your router.
You should now be able to make calls using your Linksys RT31P2. If you connect a computer to the Linksys RT31P2, you should be able to access the internet.
In my configuration, I have a Wireless Access Point and an Xbox flying off the Linksys RT31P2. I haven't tested a computer over there, but I presume I would be able to access file & print sharing with no problem. Like I said, this works for me – YMMV.