Vonage Disconnection Problems Solved by Switching Cordless Phones

Vonage Disconnection Problems Solved For the past year my wife has been threatening me with throwing my Vonage phone out the window.  I’ve been a happy customer, mostly because of the 29 dollar a month price tag.  However I have to say that things have been dropping like crazy.  My wife couldn’t be on the phone for more than a minute before getting bumped.

I can tolerate that kinda service for that kinda price, buy my wife on the other hand…well she would rather pay 100 bucks a month by going with a regular land line through Nextiva which is the Business VoIP – Call Anywhere in the World.

I had to figure out what the heck was going on.  I had to figure out what changed in the past year.  Well, for starters I did upgrade from regular Comcast Cable Internet to Verizon FIOS.  Let me tell you, I HATE Verizon with a passion, but the FIOS service has been incredible fast and reliable.

I thought maybe perhaps I had a shotty connection?  I found a great website that lets you test you Internet reliability for VOIP connections:

http://www.vonage-forum.com/voip-speed-test.html

(This site requires registering with the forum, but it is worth it to see how good/bad your connection is).

I ran the test and found absolutely nothing wrong with my Internet connection…FIOS has delivered on its promises.

I decided to see if maybe this has something to do with my cordless phone.  The next step was a simple one…plug in a regular phone directly into the VOIP Vonage phone adapter.  I spent a few hours talking to everyone I could think of on the regular “plug-in” phone with no disconnections at all.  Looks like I was getting somewhere.

The next thing I did was look at my cordless phone.  Hmm…funny enough, this thing was running at the same frequency as the free wireless router that Verizon provided for free with FIOS.  My cordless phone is running at 2.4 GHz and the 802.11G wireless router (which so happens to be a DI-624) was running at the same.  So pretty much these two devices didn’t like each other.

I figured the only solution for this was to upgrade my cordless phone to a higher frequency, 5.8ghz. I didn’t want to go back to 802.11b or 900mhz…just didn’t make sense.  I found a nice deal over at Walmart for a 5.8 GHz cordless phone which actually states on its packaging: “Does not interfere with most other electronic equipment.”

Gee, thanks for helping me solve my year long mystery, oh great Walmart.

Suggested Cordless Phones for Use With Vonage:

Daylight Savings Time + Microsoft = Volatile Mix

I’ve recently received an email from a friend that resembled one of those fake Bill Gate’s will send you a dollar if you forward this.  The email basically states that since Daylight Savings Time starts at a different time this year that Microsoft products will be affected.

This change is due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which extends Daylight Savings Time by approximately four weeks.  So, beginning this year (2007) the US will start DST three weeks earlier (2:00 am on the second Sunday in March) and will end a week later (2:00 am on the first Sunday in November).

So pretty much this change will affect essentially everything Microsoft touches, which includes C++ development, Office programs, scheduling programs and so on.  But, since Microsoft is so responsible they’ve set up a special “support site” to tell you how to update your system so that the transition is smoother:

http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst

Who’da thought that we would ever need a daylight savings time help and support center?  Well the good thing is that Microsoft is providing the Time Zone updates at no-cost for customers.

Kevin Federline Beats the Colts and Bears

What can I say other than I should have wasted my time watching the actual Superbowl instead of the commercials.  Sad to say this but Kevin Federline saved the evening for me:

Why the Bears Will Win the Superbowl – A Nerd’s Perspective

College Football Game Ok, I must admit I’m not a big follower of sports.  So why should I even post anything about the Superbowl?  Why?  Because I think I have the most unbiased analysis of the Superbowl and you people placing bets on the outcome should listen to me

Here is how this whole thing started.  Just the other day my friend Garick was telling me that he had already purchased tons of beer, food, chips and all kinds of stuff for his big party this weekend.  Being the super inquisitive geek that I am, I figured I’d ask what the special occasion was.  Garick look at me with eyes bugged and asked “Are you serious?!”  I then giggled and replied, “He he…I’m just teasin you! hehe.  Can I come to your party?”  With a look of relief Garick said that I could join in the fun of his annual Superbowl Party. 

The truth is I had no stinking clue that there was even a Superbowl coming up, nor did I even know who was playing.

After doing a little research and fielding questions by other sport people in the office of “Bears or Colts?! Tell me Tony!”  I soon realized that there were two teams involved in this football game played in a bowl of sorts…the Colts and the Bears, or as many people seem to find funny: ‘Da Bears.”

fine game of table football After getting the necessary research to make a prediction of the outcome, I’ve decided to put my dollar down on the Chicago Bears.  Now when folks walk by and ask me the question of Colts or Bears again, I will say with confidence (while acting like I give a crap): “The Chicago Bears of course!  28 to 3!”

How and why did I pick the Chicago Bears to win the Superbowl?  How did I come up with such a score?  I’ll let you in on a little secret.  My interest in programming computers started back in 1979.  Since then my mind has evolved into a mathematical and statistical super computer. 

With no bias involved and with incredible deductive reasoning and a love of reading almanacs, I am more than qualified and completely confident in my decisions, outcomes and predictions.  So this is how I came up with the prediction:

  • The Winter weather will put a damper on the Texas Colts ability to handle the football.
  • The Bears quarterback, Vince McMahon is a wrestling expert who can easily overpower the Colts defensive line.
  • Tony Dungy is a funny name.
  • The Colts uniforms look dumb. They slapped the Omega symbol on their helmets upside down.
  • The Bears have scored more home runs than the Colts all year
  • The Colts are only there to start some trouble, whereas the Bears are only here to do the Superbowl Shuffle. 

So there you have it, my rough overview of why the Chicago Bears will beat the Colts in the Superbowl in extra innings..28 to 3 in favor of ‘Da Bears

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