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This is the software that allows a user to access and view HTML documents. Examples of Web browsers include Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome web browser, etc.
An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organization that provides access to the Internet.
ISP refers to a company that provides Internet services, including personal and business access to the Internet. For a monthly fee, the service provider usually provides a software package, username, password and access phone number. Equipped with a modem, you can then log on to the Internet and browse the World Wide Web and USENET, and send and receive e-mail. For broadband access you typically receive the broadband modem hardware or pay a monthly fee for this equipment that is added to your ISP account billing.
This article will guide you on how to properly set up your router for DSL Internet connection.
Before setting up your router, make sure that your computer has active Internet connection. You can do this by connecting your computer to the modem using an Ethernet cable and try browsing any website. If you cannot access the Internet, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You can also contact them if you are uncertain about the type of Internet connection you have.
NOTE: If your Internet service does not involve a modem, you can contact your ISP to verify your connection type and determine what kind of cable is to be used.
NOTE: Image may vary depending on the type of modem and computer you are using.
Setting up a router for DSL Internet Connection
There are two (2) ways to do this:
i. Setting up your router using the Setup CD
ii. Setting up your router using the web-based setup page
Setting up your router using the Setup CD
All devices come with a Setup Wizard for easy installation. The Setup Wizard software will automatically detect the type of Internet connection from your ISP.
NOTE: The software assumes that your computer is connected directly to the modem as shown in the image above.
Also, the modem might have the same IP address as the default gateway address. It is recommended to change the IP address of either the modem or the router to avoid an IP address conflict.
NOTE: Before doing the following steps, make sure you know the configuration type of the modem. To know the current configuration type of your modem, contact your ISP.
Step 1: Connect the computer to one of the Ethernet ports on the router using an Ethernet cable.
NOTE: Image may vary depending on the type of computer or router you are using.
Step 2: Plug in the router’s power adapter to a power source and connect the other end to the power port of the router.
NOTE: If your router has a power switch, turn it ON. Observe the power light of your router until it becomes stable.
Step 3: Access the router’s web-based setup page.
NOTE: The default IP address of routers is 192.168.1.1 while the default password is “admin” and the user name field is left blank. If you have set a password before but forgot it, you need to reset the device.
Step 4: Set your preferred Internet connection type:
i. For PPPoE connection setting
ii. For Automatic Configuration – DHCP setting
This type of router configuration is ideal for connecting to a modem which is set to Bridged Mode. A Bridged modem means you need to have a PPPoE dialer set up on a computer or router to activate Internet connectivity.
Step 1: On the Setup tab, click the drop-down arrow for Internet Connection Type then, select PPPoE.
Step 2: Enter the PPPoE Username and the Password provided by your ISP. Select Keep Alive and click on the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.
IMPORTANT: The PPPoE password is case sensitive and would not let you save your settings when you have entered the wrong one. Make sure that you enter the password using the correct letter cases. For information regarding your PPPoE Username and Password, contact your (ISP).
Step 3: Click the Status tab.
Step 4: Click on the Connect button if the Login Status is Disconnected.
NOTE: If you don’t have Internet IP address and DNS servers under the Status tab, you might need to restart the router. Restarting is done by unplugging the power adapter of the router for 30 seconds and plugging it back in.
This type of router configuration is ideal for connecting to a modem in Automatic Configuration- DHCP Mode. This means that the modem may have its router capability activated as well. This might create a conflict with the router’s routing operation if the IP address of the modem and router are the same. To solve this issue, you can change the router’s IP address range to eliminate the conflict.
NOTE: Make sure the modem is not connected to the router while doing the following steps. Otherwise, you might end up accessing the modem’s web-based setup page.
On the Setup tab, select Automatic Configuration – DHCP for Internet Connection Type. Then change the value of the 3rd box on the IP Address field.
NOTE: This type of configuration may also be used for setting up the Linksys router for Satellite Internet connection.
NOTE: In this example, the IP address used was 192.168.2.1.
Click Save Settings and close the router’s web-based setup page.
Step 3: On your computer, open the command prompt, type “ipconfig/release” then press [Enter]. Then type “ipconfig/renew” and press [Enter] again to refresh the computer’s IP address.
QUICK TIP: Remember to use the new IP address of your router (192.168.2.1) the next time you access the router’s web-based setup page.
Now that you have configured the settings of the router, you can connect the modem to the Internet port of the router using an Ethernet cable.
You should now have successfully set up your router for DSL Internet connection.