Some ISPs require you to login. You must enter a login name and password in order to connect to their Internet server. To accomplish this task a protocol is used to carry out the transaction. The most common protocol uses PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE).
When you configure the router, you will enter your login name and password in the configuration menu. After the router is configured, the router will perform the typing of user-name and password automatically whenever needed.
When the account information is not assigned dynamically, your ISP should give you the following information.
- An IP address and Subnet mask
- A gateway IP (the Address of your ISP's router
- Domain name servers (DNS)
- Host name and domain suffix
Ready for the configuration
At this point your net card must be set as dynamic (x) DHCP. Make sure your net card is [x]enabled. Save the settings and restart the computer. Refer to figure. 2.15
Accessing the Router's Web Configuration Manager
Make sure that both devices modem and router are on. If you just turned it on give it a minute to initialize. Next, find in the router's manual an IP address to type in the web browser.
- Open your browser, it is all right if you receive an error at this point
- Enter the IP address in the browser and press enter.
- A login window opens as show in Figure 2.33
- Enter the administrator's username and password found in your manual.
Once your user name and password is authenticated, you will be on the configuration page. If this is the first time you run this configuration, a wizard may start automatically.
If you never configured a router before, I suggest you make note of the default settings or print it if you can.
Taking notes on this configuration is a good method and learning habit. You will have a good reference material whenever you need it. Check (Fig.2.34) it is the basic configuration page, and asks you if your connection requires a login.
Fig. 2.34 Browser based configuration Main menu