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Configuring BSNL MT880 Modem with LINKSYS WRK54G Router

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    Default Configuring BSNL MT880 Modem with LINKSYS WRK54G Router

    Hi ,

    I am non IT/networking person.

    I have BSNL 250 home plan with HUAWEI MT880 Modem. Its working fine without LINKSYS wireless router.

    Recently i have brought LINKSYS WRK54G router. I have follwoed step by step procedure given in installation CD of LINKSYS router., but its not working in both connected and wireless mode.

    Please can someone tell me whats the issue and steps to setup or correction needs to be made in exiting setup.


    Thanks in advance

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    Hmmm..OK.. here goes...First make bsnl modem to dial (ppoe) i hope you know how to do that, if not i'll explain that later...enable dhcp in the bsnl modem(i think its enabled by default, just cross-check)...
    Then connect your linksys router to any pc to configure it, go to the login page type user name and password(i think its admin/admin or admin/password or admin/(blank).. there make sure you disable dhcp and set to bridged mode(not dialed mode cause bsnl modem is doing the dialing)...Thats it for the configuration..
    Then connect your bsnl modem to the first LAN port of the linksys router..make sure you connect it to the LAN port and not the WAN port.. the WAN port will be seperated from the LAN ports, so you should be able to make out the difference..Then connect other pcs to the other LAN ports of your linksys router...
    THe wireless configuration is standard, just like any other router.. set the SSID and better set a good WEP key.. and choose a channel like 6 or 11.. and you should be good to go!!All the best!!!!

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    Hi I dont know how to dial PPPoE from MT880 modem .Please give me details.

    Also, wondering what should be router setting PPPoE or DHCP?

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    ok..For DHCP just set it to assign IP'S put the range as 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.10 this is good enough for 8 pcs...i guess you dont have more than 8 pcs at home..

    for the ppoe

    open http://192.168.1.1 in internet explorer. It asks DSL Router's username and password. So enter admin as username and admin as password. Look for something called WAN setup or something.. then look for pvc 0/35 click on edit and change it from bridged mode to PPOE mode.. type the username and password there..(username will be in the form username@dataone.in)...then save and reboot...

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    Thanks superprash for your excellent post.. specially the point regarding connecting the modem cable to the LAN port.. I didnt find mention of this point in any other forum posts.. the setup document as well as the marking on the ports side of the router lists the WAN port as "internet" and asks you to connect the modem to that port (which would be the obvious thing to do for a non techie like me).. so thats wot i did and nothing worked.. once i followed your instructions and made the changes in the connection, everything worked like a breeze.. i use BSNL broadband with ADSL modem MT880 and Linksys WRT54G.

    Wireless connection with laptop running XP SP2 is easy, but with a vista machine, is still like playing hide and seek, with sometimes you get only local connectivity and sometimes both local & internet.. no clue as to why it happens.. searching the net for this problem also didnt give any conclusive solutions.. maybe vista XP1 would solve it.

    connection 2 the wifi using Symbian OS 9.2 phone (N95 8GB) is also hassle free.

    thanks once again.

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    Default Linksys BEFW router

    My wireless router linksys BEFW11S4 worked with the following setup
    1. Reset the MT882 (leaves it in bridged mode. I didnt have to change anything)
    2. Change the LAN IP address on the linksys router to some other address other than 192.168.1.1 (I used 192.168.1.10)
    3. select pppoe on the wan type, and enter your pppoe username password from bsnl

    It worked!

    The lights on the MT882 were yellow (instead of orange when using the 882 directly with pppoe)

    Considering the time I spent trying to get this to work, I decided to post this.

    btw, I just could NOT get it to work with the pppoe on the 882 and using the router behind it. HAD to change the 882 to bridged mode.

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    Default Thanks a ton Superprash

    It is indeed a fact that Linksys never mentioned not to insert cable from the existing modem in to one of the Lan port, instead its set up page suggests to insert cable from the modem to its internet port. I was also facing the same problem as I was not able to connect to internet. Once I did what you suggested, it just worked like a charm. Also a suggestion to BSNL, they should have more tech savy people appointed at their call centers. They are up to no help when it comes to such problems. Once again thanks Superprash

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