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Setting Up VOIP and a new home network ?

by ITsince67 / August 7, 2008 8:20 AM PDT

Want to set-up a basic wireless home network (G or N, I don't care which) to support 2 computers and to provide VOIP. But the reviews I read are contradicting each other.

Will be running Windows XP SP2 on 1 machine and VISTA on a dual-core laptop.

Will only occassionally be downloading small video clips (about 3 mb). Will not be downloading movies and music (and do not plan on downloading them in the future).

Comcast will be the ISP.

One reviewer of the Motorola SBG900 Wireless G Router & Cable Modem said it kills VOIP due to its security.

Reading at Vonage, it talks about if you have problems to reset the cable modem as a port.

One reviewer of modems said that they burn up depending on how much they are used. And that the Motorola SB5120 Cable Modem was one of the most reliable. And they run a IT repair shop.

The more I read, the more complex and confusing it becomes. Yet some of these "average consumer" reviewers state they just plug their devices in and are up and running in a few minutes. Which makes me wonder which group knows what they are talking about.

The really bad part of this is I'm a recently retired systems analyst who once worked as a computer center engineer. My approach to this, is like that of a "car driver". I don't want to know how to design or maintain the car, just drive it.

I don't want to set-up a network where I will constantly be troubleshooting it and having to remember how to do things "once in a blue moon".

Are there any simple set-ups for a small home network that will support VOIP from either Vonage or MagicJack?

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Why do this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 7, 2008 10:05 PM PDT

Here, my 2 year Comcast plan for the tri-fecta was 99 bucks a month with unlimited calls. The system I see you attempting sounds like a nightmare if you ever wanted support.
Bob

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