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Wireless and Voice Setup

Setting up the wireless access point options, like the rest of the configuration, is easy to do. Of course, you'll need to configure your wireless devices to match the protocols you select, but once that's done, you should be up and running.

Basic Wireless Settings

Figure 7: Basic Wireless Settings
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Depending on your needs, you can crank up the wireless security as well. In addition to supporting WEP 64 / 128 encryption and WPA Enterprise (RADIUS) and WPA-PSK wireless security, you can also control wireless access by MAC address filtering. 

Your wireless connection quality and speed can vary widely and will depend on many factors, including the location you've chosen for the GP2, so don't place it inside your microwave or near other sources of interference. On the other hand, I placed the GP2 in my computer "dungeon", which is a spare bedroom upstairs with all sorts of things like monitors, TV sets and florescent lights that should be bad news for wireless connectivity, but I found I could go anywhere in the house with my laptop and stay connected at surprisingly high speeds.

OK, so all of this is well and good you say, but what about the VoIP service? What about all those Vonage commercials I've been seeing on TV? Figure 8 shows what you see when you click the Voice tab on the web interface:

Voice tab

Figure 8: Voice tab
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To set up the VoIP function, you'll need to visit the Vonage web site, where you'll enter the GP2's MAC address, choose a plan, and activate the service. Once that's done, the whole thing is a little anti-climactic. Plug in an "analog" phone, pick it up, and there's a dial tone. Dial the digits and talk, it's that simple. The fact that you're using a VoIP system is mostly transparent when using the phone, because it just works like a regular phone (assuming your Internet connection is working and you're not in the middle of a power outage). 

As I mentioned, the Vonage service includes features you'd likely find on any phone, such as caller ID and call waiting, and you can even set up voicemail so that you get an email notification, including the voicemail message as an attached sound file if you'd like. There's also a "Bandwidth saver" feature, where you can raise or lower your voice quality in exchange for bandwidth.

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