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Please help me with my router setup.

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Please help me with my router setup.

Hi,

I initially signed up with a USB Modem starter packege with force9 last september. As I only had 1 PC, but over the months, my home has developed a small network consisting of 2 pc's and a hub. The USB modem was insuficient, so I decided to get a router.

Looking at the various options, I decided to go for a model that force9 used in their own router starter packages. Mainly for compatibility reasons.

I bought the AR11 router. What a big mistake. Cannot set it up with my network.

I don't understand what each option/setting does.

I've managed to get to the WWW configuration page (http://10.0.0.2) but don't have a clue on how to configure.

PLease can someone offer some advice on how to set up the various settings so that my network can use the internet.
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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

Hi John

> I bought the AR11 router. What a big mistake. Cannot set it up with my network.

I've got the same router, don't worry it's a good piece of kit, albeit daunting if you've never configured a router before.

> I don't understand what each option/setting does.

Step 1. Use the Quick Setup Guide from Solwise (download from http://www.solwisefiles.co.uk/files/110quicksetup.pdf if you don't have the latest version dated 25th Mar 2003 on the CD) - follow the Quick Configuration instructions on pages 31 / 39 - (use the settings in the left hand column on page 32 for BT lines).

Step 2. Stealth your router by following the instructions at http://www.chrismarsh.co.uk/sar110/stealth.asp

Step 3. Test stealthing by using Shields Up at http://grc.com/

The above is the minimum. See http://www.chrismarsh.co.uk/ and the above PDF for even more configuration !

Good Luck Shocked)

Graham

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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

> Step 1. Use the Quick Setup Guide from Solwise (download from http://www.solwisefiles.co.uk/files/110quicksetup.pdf if you don't have the latest version dated 25th Mar 2003 on the CD) - follow the Quick Configuration instructions on pages 31 / 39 - (use the settings in the left hand column on page 32 for BT lines).

Hi Graham!

Thanks for your advice. However, i'm still finding the whole thing really tough. The Solwise setup screen is a lot different compared to the AR11.

I've entered in as much info I can but still can't connect to the net. The second PC can't as well.

I also found a link which seems to resemble the AR11 but after following it, I still can't connect.

Do I need to configure the browser to look in the network for a connection?
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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

Sorry, the link is: http://www.cazart.plus.com/conexant/

Do you think the instructions are right? becuase it doesn't work for me.
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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

> Sorry, the link is: http://www.cazart.plus.com/conexant/
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> Do you think the instructions are right? becuase it doesn't work for me.

Hi,
Yes!setting up ADSL all sounds so easy and of course it should be. However what alot of people/users (even knowleable people)miss is the fact that routers are extremely complex devices & you do REALLY have to know a good deal about networking to correctly install & configure them.

Unfortunately, alot of people are caute out here and even the makers instructions often wont be of much help if you dont understand the technical point or the reason a certain parameter is required.

**Please can I make a suggestion for your benefit and that is if your really struggling then try & find someone how does know how to configure a router correctly (have successfully done this before and know what they are doing,no disrespect intended!!)Its just that it could save you hours & hours of pain & frustration trying to get it right.

Ivan



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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

> > Sorry, the link is: http://www.cazart.plus.com/conexant/
> >
> > Do you think the instructions are right? becuase it doesn't work for me.
>
> Hi,
> Yes!setting up ADSL all sounds so easy and of course it should be. However what alot of people/users (even knowleable people)miss is the fact that routers are extremely complex devices & you do REALLY have to know a good deal about networking to correctly install & configure them.
>
> Unfortunately, alot of people are caute out here and even the makers instructions often wont be of much help if you dont understand the technical point or the reason a certain parameter is required.
>
> **Please can I make a suggestion for your benefit and that is if your really struggling then try & find someone how does know how to configure a router correctly (have successfully done this before and know what they are doing,no disrespect intended!!)Its just that it could save you hours & hours of pain & frustration trying to get it right.
>
> Ivan
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>
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Further comment,

Routers are notoriously difficult to set-up, I did my windows 2000 MCSE last year & I have a good deal of computer experience and I managed to successful configure my first router about 5months ago.

What you have to realise is that routers are NOT like other network devices,routers are much more like computers themselves in that they have an operating system & command sets & often configuring them requires that you enter specific commands.

Once you have set-up the router the configuration is commonly saved into a config file that can be restored if the device looses its setings. Most routers these days are set-up via HTTP or from a command prompt (or telnet session).Anyway I wish you luck & hope you manage to get it configured & working for you as you want. Best Regards Ivan

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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

Hi Ivan!

Thanks for you words. Yes, I should have researched into this a bit more. I assumed that it was as simple as setting up a normal USB modem, maybe a bit more complicated, but not as much as this.

The instructions given with this particular router is pityful and other examples from other makes seems to have much clearer and user friendly setup interfaces.

The worst thing about this situation is that theres no Customer support number or company website to get support on this particular router.

I just hope someone that who has this router can give me some tips/advice/info.



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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

OH MY GOD, I GOT IT WORKING! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO..........

I decide to make one last attempt on the router and going through each setting one by one. I ditched all the help files/print outs/ web links I had gathered earlier this morning and tried using my own common sense.

Amazingly after the reboots, It all seemed to work. I couldn't believe it, I double checked that I had my USB modem plugged out and it was!

Well, I'm not going to touch the router settings anymore, just in case it was a fluke and something goes wrong.

Thanks to all those that helped!

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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

> OH MY GOD, I GOT IT WORKING! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO..........
>
> I decide to make one last attempt on the router and going through each setting one by one. I ditched all the help files/print outs/ web links I had gathered earlier this morning and tried using my own common sense.
>
> Amazingly after the reboots, It all seemed to work. I couldn't believe it, I double checked that I had my USB modem plugged out and it was!
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> Well, I'm not going to touch the router settings anymore, just in case it was a fluke and something goes wrong.
>
> Thanks to all those that helped!
>
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Hi John,
Hay!!Congratulations well done thats great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know how you must be feeling best wishes to you,Ivan


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RE: Please help me with my router setup.

> OH MY GOD, I GOT IT WORKING! WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO..........
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Nice one. Enjoy Shocked)