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Here's my situation:
My parents are moving their business to a smaller local and being the good son that I am, I offered to redo their network, as well as upgrade their sorry excuses for PCs. Their original network setup was totally wired consisting of a DSL modem, a Netgear router/gateway, and a no-name ethernet hub. Since the new place is smaller I had the idea to make a wireless network since I already have a spare Linksys wireless router at home and several adapters. So, after re-assembeling the PCs I proceed to attempt to set-up the internet. Since I will be using a new router I ditch the old router/hub and keep the modem. I plug in the modem directly to the PC and no internet. A little frustrated now, so I call up Pacific Bell (their phone company) to make sure their DSL line is working properly. A day goes by and they assure me the line is fine, so I make another attempt and still no internet. Rather than throwing a tauntrum, I decide to use their old setup. I connect the Netgear router and, WOW, I had internet now. I take out the router and back to square one (no internet). Plug the router back in and now I have internet again. What gives ? Why does the modem need to be connected to the router to get internet?
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They probably have a PPPoE.

You need to put the Username and Password into the router, which will sign into the ISP. The Netgear probably already has the uname and pass.
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They probably have a PPPoE.

You need to put the Username and Password into the router, which will sign into the ISP. The Netgear probably already has the uname and pass.
That's what I thought initially, but when I called PB they told me I just needed to plug in the modem "and it should work". Their old network guy is a total and has not responded to my e-mails. I may have to keep the old stuff just to avoid unwanted headaches, which sucks since I have already promised my parents wireless.

Edit: I just remembered that I have an extra wireless AP. Can I use that to "transform" their current wired network to a wireless one? Or is their another cheap way of doing it?
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You should probably let the modem do all the PPOE work and just let the router be a DHCP device under the modem. Just remeber to change the subnet of the router if you are going to do this. This is what I have found to be the most stable configuration when using dsl. See... if the router has been the device doing the PPOE, when you unplug the router, the modem needs to be configured for PPOE and it hasnt cause the router was configured for that instead.
    
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I just called PB again and asked for a new password. The new Linksys router is still doing all the authentication because last time I tried to fool around with the modem it "died" and was a real :swearing: to try and get it back. I now have a really nifty wireless network in most of the local that even our clients can use .
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So it was a PPPoE?
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Quote:
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So it was a PPPoE?
Yes. Weird that no one at PB told me anything. I just called them and asked for a new password for the account.
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