Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by FunkyMonkey, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. FunkyMonkey macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2007
    Right behind you
    I have a linksys wrt54g router and I was having problems connecting to it. I changed it from DHCP to PPOE and now it works great.

    Is there a difference? Is one better? Is one faster?

  2. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    PPPoE is for connecting to DSL like services that require a username/password.

    DHCP is for connecting to always on services like cable.

    Some DSL modems have the username and password stored in them and connect to the net on their own. Disabling that feature on the modem and having your router handle it can increase your speed..

    Just incase that didnt make sense, look at it like this. Your connecting to the net with your modem and your router is connecting you to your modem. Its like going through two routers to get to the internet. Making the router place the PPPoE connection will make things faster because your packets arent going through two routers to reach the net.

    If you have a cable service, leave it DHCP. Thats the right setting.

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