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How do i port forward to open it so that i can use my vonage device

My phone has dial tone but when i use it it doesnt do anything. how do i do port forward like vonage says, i have no idea what that means

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  • ken2000 Dec 29, 2007

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Vonage gives all the numbers an such but where do i go to enter all of them, ex they have dns ip numbers on the vonage site but they dont tell you where you go to enter them

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

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Chances are there refering to the ports page in your lynksys router page. By opening the correct port you should be able to get a connection. But your going to need to find out the correct port from the company.

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Hi there,
I will try to make this as clear as possible, but if you have nay questions, please come back here and let me know.

You will need 4 things: 1 Surfboard Modem, Wrt54G, vonage router, computer. Put them next to each other without having plugged in anything ( no ethernet, no power cable!). Make sure that the WRT54G router is back to default settings by pressing the reset button on the back of the router for 10 seconds.

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