How do I set the router to give VOIP phone calls priority, specifically Google phone?

Terri C March 9, 2014

How do I set the router to give VOIP phone calls priority, specifically Google phone?

  1. Terri C
    March 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

    actually if it was just a plain router/wifi set up i could at least give priority to my computer but i manage a small motel with two access points up on the roof i just learned to set a system with two routers in a line like one as a repeater. i did not set it up but it appears to be an older system with a few new tweaks added by the owners "friend"like a year ago.i have admin access to make changes- but there has been no need to mess with it beyond the occasional reset and i dont really know how ;it is different than to just log into my router and change settings. there are at least two routers within 5 feet of each other in the office with an older style switch in between the routers-the access points seem to be linked to them.was hoping for an easy wizard or app ......pipe dreams right?

  2. Hovsep A
    March 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Without QoS you will encounter poor quality telephone calls, because voice traffic and internet traffic in your are sharing the same internet connection, your router must be able to distinguish between voice traffic and regular internet traffic and so to give the voice traffic a higher priority so best will be Router enabled QoS. In the case Router enabled QoS your upload traffic will be prioritized and your voice will be clear, but if in the same time downloads are there then the vlear voice will not be the same quality. The best will be separated Traffic which means Voice traffic and regular internet traffic are separated onto two different internet connections and networks, in this case no prioritization is required by your router because voice traffic has its own dedicated internet connection.

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  3. Jan F
    March 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Unless your router can do L7 filtering/traffic shaping there is no easy way to do that.

    There are only specific ports used to establish the connection. Once the call is live the VoIP data is usually sent via RTP using any port between UDP 1024 and 65535.

    For Google Voice I recall reading somewhere it's between UDP port 10000 and 30000 but that is still a huge range to give priority to.