[Vonage] New Linksys Voice Over IP (VoIP) Solutions
Looks like Vonage and Linksys have some new products coming out. Lets hope that QOS is well implemented...
Capitalizing on Linksys Retail Strength and Brand Awareness, Vonage Expands Device Options for Consumers
Edison, NJ, and Irvine, CA August 24, 2004 Vonage, the leading broadband phone company and Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced a relationship that will redefine the way consumers and small businesses communicate. Vonage will now be offering its broadband telephony service for use with two different Linksys Voice over IP (VoIP) devices to meet the ever-growing broadband communications marketplace.
Customers can now choose products for their home or small business broadband telephony needs with a number of Linksys options that fit their requirements. Vonage subscribers will be offered a choice of the Linksys (PAP2) Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports or the (RT31P2) Broadband Router with 2 Phone Ports. In a few weeks, Linksys will also make available a Wireless-G Router with 2 phone ports (WRT54GP2).
Linksys retail channel strength and leadership in broadband networking solutions hardware development makes it an ideal partner as Vonage continues to redefine the standard for home and small business telephone service, stated Jeffrey A. Citron, chairman and CEO of Vonage. We are very excited about the opportunity to now offer our customers the advantage of receiving their equipment from a company such as Linksys, which is known for its high-level performance and reliability.
The Vonage and Linksys relationship enables consumers and small businesses to easily set up a high-quality feature-rich phone service via their broadband connection, at significantly reduced rates in comparison to traditional telephone service. Further, this collaboration offers retailers a ground-breaking opportunity to increase sales and expand into a new category, capitalizing on Vonages leadership in broadband telephony and Linksys retail strength in home and broadband networking solutions.
"Linksys is utilizing Cisco's leadership, experience and R&D in VoIP to bring this fast growing technology to consumers and small office environments everywhere," said Charlie Giancarlo, President of Cisco-Linksys. "Teaming with Vonage will enable Linksys to expand the audience for its products while helping us to achieve our goal of bringing new, IP-based communications and entertainment services and applications into the home."
Both the Linksys Phone Adapter (PAP2) and Broadband Router with Voice (RT31P2) are equipped with two standard telephone jacks, support session initiation protocol (SIP), and are compatible with a cable or DSL high-speed Internet connection. Both devices have Web-based configuration through a built-in web server, offer high quality, clear sounding voice service and are compatible with all common telephone features: caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, etc. The RT31P2 Broadband Router features three 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports, supports advanced security management functions for port filtering, MAC address filtering, DMZ hosting and Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure best voice quality. The router also supports Universal Plug-and Play for easy set up and can act as a DHCP server.
Together, Vonage and Linksys offer everything a customer needs to make high-quality, inexpensive phone calls, said Jeffrey Citron.
Linksys Enters VoIP Market with New Hardware That Connects Standard Telephones and Fax Machines to a High-Speed Internet Connection
IRVINE, CA August 24, 2004 Linksys®, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., the leading provider of broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business markets, today announced new Voice Over IP (VoIP) products to help consumers and small offices save money and get more use out of their broadband connection. Linksys is offering three new affordable and easy to use VoIP products that enable users to connect their standard telephones and fax machines to a cable or DSL broadband connection so they can make and take calls: The Linksys Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports (PAP2), a Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRT54GP2) and a wired Broadband Router with 2 Phone Ports (RT31P2).
The new Linksys VoIP hardware solutions were developed with its parent company, Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in IP Telephony. After signing up for a Voice over IP service through a specific service provider, both families and small offices can use the Internet to make phone calls, getting substantial savings on local, long distance, and International calling while also enjoying additional features at no cost such as call waiting, voicemail, caller ID, call blocking, repeat dialing and more.
Today broadband in the home and small office is used for a variety of applications including surfing the web, sending email, sharing photos, games and music. We believe adding voice capabilities to this high speed network is the next important step and provides users with more capability, said Charlie Giancarlo, president of Cisco-Linksys. Our new line of consumer VoIP products allows users to do all of this with a single broadband connection, all at the same time. Over time we believe IP networking is the future for all telephone and communications services, given its significant advantages over traditional telephone systems.
In-Stat/MDR, a leading market research firm, reports that by the end of 2008 10.3% of the 59.1 million broadband users in the US will use IP telephony, and from 2004 through 2008 over 33 million VoIP enabled broadband access devices will ship worldwide. Linksys strength in consumer sales channels and its ability to offer low cost, easy to use solutions will help popularize VoIP to the mass market, said Mike Wolf, principal analyst, consumer content and connectivity at In-Stat/MDR. Combining VoIP hardware with basic networking hardware will help make the buying decision easier because buyers will get everything they need in one solution to set up a home network with voice capabilities.
Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports for VoIP (PAP2)
The New Linksys Phone adapter, combined with a subscription to a specific VoIP service plan, turns your existing Internet connection into a high-quality phone line for placing and receiving phone calls. The phone adapter comes equipped with two standard phone ports (RJ-11) and one Ethernet port (RJ-45). Users connect their existing cordless or stationary phones or a fax machine to the phone adapter; connect the phone adapter to a router or gateway via the Ethernet port. Each phone jack operates independently, with separate phone service and phone numbers like having two phone lines. With the high-quality telephone service provided by Vonage®, you get clear telephone reception and reliable fax connections, even while surfing the Internet at the same time.
Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRT54GP2) and
Broadband Router with 2 Phone Ports (RT31P2)
This latest version of the best-selling Linksys wired and wireless router integrates phone adapter functionality to deliver all-in-one solutions that lets customers share a broadband connection while making phone calls (with a VoIP service subscription). Both the Wired and Wireless-G router comes with a 3-Port switch for connecting three Ethernet devices directly to the network. Like the Phone Adapter, there are also 2 phone ports for connecting standard phones or fax machines. Linksys also incorporates Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing voice packets to achieve clear telephone reception, and Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) for easy setup and configuration.
Giancarlo said, Home or small office workers, telecommuters and other users who need more than one line for both phones and faxes will find VoIP particularly appealing.
Both the Phone adapter and Voice Routers also include a number of other features that make setting up the units simple while achieving high quality voice:
Supports Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
Web based configuration through a build-in web server
Supports DTMF tone detection and generation
Supports multiple voice compression methods G.711, G.726 G.729 and G.723.1
Supports FSK Caller ID, DTMF Caller ID and FSK VMWI
Supports echo cancellation and Voice Activity Detection (VAD)
Password protected access and configuration
Supports auto-provisioning with remote firmware upgrade
Price and Availability
The Phone Adapter and wired Router with 2 Phone Ports is immediately through select retailers in the United States or through Vonage® at www.vonage.com. The Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports will be available in a few weeks. Estimated Street Pricing through retail is as follows:
Phone Adapter with 2 Phone Ports (PAP2) $59
Broadband Router with 2 Phone Ports (RT31P2) $89
Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRT54GP2) Pricing will be announced at time of availability.
Founded in 1988, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the global leader in Wireless and Ethernet networking for consumer and SOHO users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides 24/7 Grade A product support to all its customers. For more information, visit the Linksys web site at www.linksys.com. # # #