Netvigator with router

Connection:

Netvigator 8M, a broadband plan by PCCW.

Default hardware:

Netvigator’s "grey box" with 4 ports.

Problems:

No network problems.

Disadvantages:

The default hardware – the grey box (modem) – requires a device (computer, console…) to login in order to go online. Only one device can go online at a time, therefore one has to share the Internet connection to allow more than one device going online simultaneously. The only other device being online all the time regardless of other computers… attached is the Now IPTV box.

Advantages:

Generally a good connection.

My setup:

In order to solve the "one device at a time" policy governed by the login procedure, I got a Linksys WRT54GS V1.1 (long ago, now have V2 and V3) router. The WRT54G and WRT54GS series are compatible with Xbox Live.

Router basic setup:
– Internet connection type: PPPoE
– Username: the one you got from ISP
– Password: the one you got from ISP
– Keep connection alive (means "always on")
– MTU: auto
That’s it, nothing else for the connection. After that, any device connected to the router can go online without further setup.*

* That is, if you have DHCP enabled. In that case, IP addresses are allocated automatically to all connected devices which also have DHCP enabled (default setting).
If you distribute your own IP addresses in your LAN, then you have to do the related changes in the router config menu as well (if you want a different subnet mask or IP for your router).

I personally use fixed IP addresses for all connected devices so I changed that in the Xbox console as well. I entered an IP and subnet mask matching the router config.

{One of my posts at "Xbox Live香港(Hong Kong)討論區" dated "07-07-2006, 4:14AM"}

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