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Old 04-06-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Trying to select a router that will work well networking a
computer with a nettalk duo, on a limited bandwidth
connection: .3/3Mbps up/down. From what little I've
been able to find on this, QoS bandwidth control seems
critical, yet the list of recommended routers from Nettalk
seems to favor routers that don't have this feature.
On the other hand, the list apparently hasn't been updated
in a year and a half. This is getting very confusing.

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Hi civiced,

Most of modern routers have QoS feature and also support VOIP. What other features in the router are you looking for?

BTW....I am using a Netgear Dual-Band router, I set it up about 3 months ago and so far so good. We are using Ooma as VOIP. Have a read at this Article.

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Thanks for your reply,2xg. As for the other features I'm
looking for, thats the question. Nettalk has a list of routers
that are said to work/not work with their device. So, what
is it about the router features that determines this?
And of course, how valid is this list?
The QoS bandwidth feature is not listed in the specs of many
of the routers recommended, but then the list apparently
hasn't been updated for 16 months. Alot of the routers I've
looked at don't spec QoS. It's not that new, is it?
I've taken to researching each feature to see if it applies.
Not being an IT pro. makes this a little tricky.
BTW, in addition to QoS, I'm thinking DMZ host is another
critical feature. You think?
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If Nettalk is giving a list of their own routers and you don't have a freedom to choose your own and perhaps buy a new router with all extra great features, I would consider looking for another VOIP provider.
Honestly, VOIP should work with all different types of routers. I have been with a couple of different Providers and never had any issues with VOIP. Just a matter of opening up a port if needed. With the currect VOIP that we have-Ooma, I didn't have to do any port-forwarding in our Netgear Router.

Have a read at this Article for some great VOIPs.

As for DMZ feature, you will find this on all modern routers.

Here's one great router that I can recommend you. Always buy from a reputable Vendor for a hassle free return just in case you encountered issues.
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Nettalk offers the list as a service to help customers.
I appreciate that you've encountered no problems,
but many have. A quick Google search will affirm this.
I suspect that the Ooma device, due to it's high up
front costs, is much more sophisticated then the NT
or MJ hardware. Perhaps it's less problematic.
However, the latter provide essentially the same
service for a fraction of the price. Thanks for your
help.
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I'm sure that you'll get feedback from others, hopefully they have experience with Nettalk.

Back to your router option for QoS and DMZ - again you'll find both features and a lot more from modern routers. I'd say that you'll be okay with choosing any great routers (D-Link, Netgear & Buffalo) that you will ended up buying and if it didn't work out for you it is always replaceable.

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