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Wireless ADSL Modem Configuration Example

Bipac 7300G Quick Start Page - Click to EnlargeConfiguring the ADSL connection on the Bipac 7300G is very staightforward. Click on the Quick Start link on the menu on the left hand side of the page and you will be taken to a page that will allow you to configure the settings required for your internet connection to work. If you recall, on the previous page of this tutorial we suggested you contact your ISP for the details required to configure your ADSL connection and here is where they will be used.

Confirm that the Encapsulation, VPI and VCI are correct. If you were unable to find these details out from your ISP leave them as the default.
NAT or network address translation allows private networks to communicate over the internet by masking the origin of the request for data and making it appear that the source of the request is the ADSL modem itself. Most people should leave this enabled.
The optional settings should be left as they are unless you are instructed otherwise by your ISP.
Obtain DNS Automatically should work just fine in most instances however you do have the option of taking the tick out of enable and manually specifying the IP address of the nameservers for your ISP underneath.
Finally, but most importantly, type in your ADSL username and password EXACTLY as your ISP gave them to you into the username and password fields. If it is not correct you will not connect successfully to your ISP. Click apply on the bottom on the page and then click Save Config. Click the apply button on the Save Settings to Flash Page to save the settings you just typed in. If your phone line is plugged into your modem at this point it should connect to the internet.

Bipac 7300G LAN IP Configuration - Click to EnlargeThe next step is to configure our Local Area Network or LAN. Click on Configuration in the menu on the left hand side, it will expand so that you can see more options. Click on LAN and then click on ethernet below that. The IP address that we will assign to the LAN interface of the modem will be the one visible to both ethernet and wireless computers that will use the modem. In our example we are going to keep the default IP address of 192.168.1.254 and subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 so computers or devices with addresses between 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.253 will be able to use the modem for internet access. Change the IP address of the modem to suit your network. If you change the IP address click apply. In this instance the modem will prompt you to allow it to save the new IP address and reboot as changing its LAN IP address requires the modem to completely restart. You may need to change the IP address on your computer before you can continue configuring the modem. Once this is done log into the modem once again via its new IP address.

Bipac 7300G Wireless Parameters - Click to EnlargeNow we must configure the wireless access point that is built into the Bipac 7300G so that our wireless clients make connect securely. If you have just logged into the router, say after changing its IP address, you will need to click on Configuration in the menu on the left hand side of the router configuration page and then click on LAN. When the LAN menu has expanded out you will see Wireless. Click on it. In the wireless configuration section you will find the basic settings for your wireless network.

The first option is whether or not you would like to enable the WLAN service. If you are using this modem on an ethernet only network I would suggest that you consider simply disabling it, which is the best way to ensure no wireless clients can connect to it at all.
Select the mode you would like to operate your wireless network on, 802.11b or 802.11g or both (802.11b+g). Using both is the best way to ensure all your wireless cards can connect unless you are certain that they can only do one or the other. Most G standard cards are backwards compatible with B.
Type in the ESSID that you would like to transmit so that your network can be identified during a scan. To refresh our memory an SSID or ESSID is like a beacon that your network transmits so clients can see it. Note that the bipac 7300G does not like its SSID to be in capital letters, it seems to cause problems with some client computers when they try to connect.
The next choice is to hide the SSID. This is not recommended until all of your clients are configured as it prevents the SSID from being seen during a scan.
Select your regulation domain, which is simply the country or location where your using the modem. Select your regulation domain wisely to avoid breaking any local laws.
Select the channel that you would like your wireless network to run on. Most countries have the choice of 10 or 13 different channels depending on their regulation domain.

The remaining settings on this page are not required by our configuration and should be left unchanged and as they are. Note the ability to use WDS on the bipac to create a wireless bridge with another access point. This can be usefull when your computers are not in the immediate vacinity of a phone outlet. Click apply on the bottom on the page and then click Save Config. Click the apply button on the Save Settings to Flash Page to save the settings you just typed in.

 

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