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Topic # 11283 14-Jan-2007 06:09
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Hi,

I am fairly new to VOIP.

I have a Broadvoice as service provider and have both a ATA (Linksys PAP2) and EyeBeam 1.5.

With the EyeBeam, I have used both a GNetcom 9350 and Logitech headset. The 9350 wins for sound quality every time.

I have also tried Bluetooth, it sound OK (my issue may have been connecting using EVDO connection!!)

In connecting the ATA, it seems the voice quality is 90% of the POTS service, it sounds like a good cell phone call.

I am considering ditching my POTS and just using VOIP.

When I use the softphone, I am using with Centrino 1.5GHZ, 1GB RAM. Will a faster processor, newer system affect the performance of the softphone (considering Dual Core2 with 2GB memory, likely stick with XP Pro for 2007 and upgrade to Vista 2008). I still plan to use 9350 with USB connection.

My other option is to connect 9350 via RJ11 to PAP2 and connect that way.

The one convenience of the softphone is the integration with Outlook and being able to click to talk, I think I can still do this if I connect 9350 to PAP2.



Questions:

Will faster processor affect the performance of softphone?

Is the Eyebeam one of the top softphones? Is there better?

Is 15/17 hops on trace route considered good for VOIP providers?

Is 4.2MB down and 650K up considered good for speed for DSL service supporting VOIP?

Is there anyway to create some sort of QoS for connection between my router and VOIP providers? ie any tagging of packets


Your response to my questions would be appreciated.

Sincerely

Dave


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  Reply # 57825 14-Jan-2007 09:10
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Will faster processor affect the performance of softphone? -
Answer - Yes as Eyebeam is a software package it relies on the PC processing the SIP / RTP Packets any issues with the CPU / PC and it will effect the service

Is the Eyebeam one of the top softphones? Is there better?
Answer - Eyebeam is pretty good and one of the best, but comes down to a personal preference

Is 15/17 hops on trace route considered good for VOIP providers?
Answer - Its only the first couple of HOPs that you need to worry about to the SIP Proxy they will take care of the rest

Is 4.2MB down and 650K up considered good for speed for DSL service supporting VOIP?
Answer  - Yes as long as you don't have latency or packet drops

Is there anyway to create some sort of QoS for connection between my router and VOIP providers? ie any tagging of packets
Answer - Generally No it will depend on the Service Provider but they will not generally allow you to tag different types of packets and expect them to honor it through different networks




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  Reply # 57905 15-Jan-2007 06:41
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Maverick,

Thank You for your excellent reply.

Once I get a new laptop, I will try Eyebeam again. Until that time, I will use ATA.

My latency is not bad, I do not see my ISP tagging Broadvoice packets, Bell will tag their own packets or require me to upgrade to MPLS (overkill for home connection).

I am hoping Broadvoice will setup a proxy server in Canada, my closest are Chicago and New York.

My hops on my ISP are good, nothing over 100ms.

Sincerely

Dave

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