How to Use Vonage With Hughesnet
By Ray Damon
The age of the Internet has brought people many ways to make money, as well as to save money. Your local telephone service is just one example. No longer are you tied to the big companies when you can easily switch your current number to an Internet-based service. Vonage offers a new Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service that makes excellent use of a high-speed Internet connection. Hughesnet is a relatively new company that offers connection to the Internet via satellite. You can connect the VoIP to your home phone system yourself without a technician.
Open an account with Vonage. The company will send you all of the equipment you need to get started with your new VoIP service. A VoIP service converts the analog calls over to digital through a high-speed Internet connection.
Do not cancel the number from your current phone company service until your VoIP operator has confirmed she has created your new account using your old number.
Open an account with Hughesnet. The company will send you all of the equipment you need to get started with your new satellite Internet access service.
Remove or disconnect the local phone company wires from your home telephone. Using the Internet cable or DSL line, plug into the modem and run the wire to the VoIP adapter sent by the company. Plug the VoIP adapter into the telephone jack with a regular phone cord.
Call your provider to find out how to put your DSL modem into bridge mode. You need to bridge your DSL modem so it will work with the satellite connection. Turn the standard IP code on the modem off so that it just becomes a pure modem. Then, let your linksys router box do the PPPoe authentication, NAT, DHCP, and routing.
Make sure you are hard-wired to the router to access the Internet and that your network card is configured to be automatically assigned an IP. Then, unplug the router and turn your computer off, restarting the router, and then, turn the computer on. This should allow you to access the router through your Internet browser and make any changes necessary.
Remember that in some cases, your upload speed may not be as fast as your download speed, Your voice can sound choppy due to the lag time between the connection and the satellite in the sky.
Ray Damon has been writing for newspapers and sportscasting since 1990. He has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA. His recent work can be found in "The Sun Herald" and he also writes for the Regional Indoor Football League and the Sarasota Scorpions. Ray is the owner of the Regional Indoor Football League. He holds two degrees in the broadcast field.