Thanks a million to this user who posted the solution to my weekend long vonage router unlocking experience. It should read ANSI encoding however.
The REAL solution is never use notepad. NEVER. Especially when you need a file edited correctly and firmware is on the line. But only slightly less well-known is this: "Never use notepad when death is on the line"!
Ok, so the forum really needs to have a section on checking your file type encoding and this would have been over earlier today. Anyway, I only am doing this to resolve an issue with QOS and hoping that the vonage router works slightly better since the network is routed after the phone portion of the network. Besides, I can sell my other phone router if this works out.