ADSL ROUTER SETUP
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WHAT TO DO TO SET UP AN ADSL WIRELESS ROUTER
Here is a guide for setting up a TP-Link ADSL2+ Wireless Router for Australian operation in the East Coast time zone. Most other ADSL routers are set up in the same way, so this guide will assist. Refer to your router's default IP address to access its setup menu and use your ISP's settings for your account.
VERY IMPORTANT - It is vital to change the default router access password before connecting to the Internet.
- Connect an ADSL2 splitter/filter between your phone line and the router. Do not use an old filter.
- Attach the antenna, plug the power pack into the router and wait until router boots up.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer's LAN port into one of the LAN ports on the router.
- Access the router setup menu by entering its IP address into your browser (typically http://192.168.1.1) .
- Default Username - admin
- Default password - admin
- Step through the menus and save the settings that you enter.
- Ensure that the access password is changed and all security settings are made.
- Back up the router settings to a file.
- Plug your phone line into the router's line port to connect to your ISP.
- If you are able to access websites, then the installation has been properly completed.
QUICK SETUP SETTINGS
Refer to the settings that your ISP provided and use them.
- VPI - 8
- VCI - 35
- PPPoE or PPPoA - Select whatever your ISP assigned
- Encapsulation - LLC/Snap Bridging
- PPP Username - Whatever your ISP assigned
- PPP Password - Whatever password you chose
- PPPoE or PPPoA Service Name - Leave blank unless your ISP requires it
- Authentication Method - Auto
- MTU - 1492
- Enable IGMP Multicast - Untick
- Enable WAN Service - Tick
- Service Name - pppoe_8_35_1
- IP Address - 192.168.1.1
- Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
- Enable DHCP Server - Tick
- Start IP Address - 192.168.1.100
- End IP Address - 192.168.1.200
- Lease Time (hour) - 72 or whatever you choose.
WIRELESS - BASIC SETTINGS
VERY IMPORTANT - Use these settings for higher security.
- Enable Wireless - Tick
- Enable SSID Broadcast - Untick (unless you want the world to know the name of your network)
- SSID - Enter your chosen wireless network name
- Region - Australia
WIRELESS - SECURITY SETTINGS
VERY IMPORTANT - Always encrypt your wireless connection.
These security settings are for WPA2-PSK mode. Select the security settings you prefer, but avoid using WEP encryption, as it is very easy to crack with many password crackers available on the Internet.
- Network Authentication - Shared
- WPA2-PSK Encryption - Enabled
- Pre-Shared Key - Change to a password with at least 8 characters, letters and numbers
- WPA Group Rekey Interval - 0
- WPA Encryption - TKIP
MANAGEMENT - TIME SETTINGS
This is not required but is useful to set.
- Automatically synchronise with Internet time servers - Tick
- First NPT time server - time.nist.gov
- Second NPT time server - clock.fmt.he.net
- Time Zone Offset - GMT+10:00 Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
MANAGEMENT - ACCESS CONTROL - SERVICES SETTINGS
VERY IMPORTANT - Unless it is required by your ISP, do not allow ICMP ping.
- HTTP LAN - Tick - WAN - Untick
- ICMP WAN - Untick
MANAGEMENT - ACCESS CONTROL - PASSWORD SETTINGS
VERY IMPORTANT - change the default password immediately.
- Old Password - admin
- New Password - Select a new password
- Confirm Password - Re-enter the new password
MANAGEMENT - SETTINGS - BACKUP
If the ADSL router loses its settings, the setup can be immediately restored if a backup file is created. Note where this backup file is located on your computer.
- Backup Settings - Click
- When the File Download window appears, click Save
- When the Save As window appears, select the folder for the backup file and click Save