Unable to setup my wireless router.

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by coopdog, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
    Hi guys,
    I'm trying to hook up a wireless router for a friend of mine, too bad he's using XP. He has Earthlink DSL that is PPPOE. He has this setup:
    Earthlink DSL PPPOE>Modem>Router>New wireless router>computer.

    I tried plugging in the new wireless router into the existing router, they are both Linksys. The computer reconized the new wirless router when it was operating on the wireless network and also when connected through an ethernet cable, however it was unable to connect and go on the web. I then tried to configure the new router by typing in, instead of connecting to the new wireless router it was connecting to the original router which I don't know the password.

    To make matters worse the owner of the house is in the middle east and my friend is house sitting for 6 months.

    So after working at it for a few hours I was only able to get the computer to work connected to the original router. And when it was working off the second router it would only reconize that it was there and not connect to the internet.

    I sugested that my friend email the owner and find out the login and pass for the PPPOE Earthlink DSL so we could simply replace the old router with the new wireless one and avoid having two routers. My understanding is that you need to change the settings for the router to PPPOE and enter a login and password for it to be able to connect to the internet.

    A tech friend suggested that I just bridge the connection?

    What would you suggest I do?

    Thanks very much, as always.
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    You need to connect to the wireless router directly - via an ethernet connection - and change the default IP address to something like, so that it doesn't conflict with the other router. You can do this by connecting the PC only to that router, and not to the rest of the network.

    While you're in there, make sure it is set up to act like a gateway, and not a router. Also, change the admin password, and enable some wireless security just to be safe.

    Then plug it back into the main network. You should still be able to access it via the new IP address you set ( or whatever) to confirm or change settings.

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