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php111

join:2008-11-06
Allentown, PA

How to connect a modem to a D-link DIR-815 router?

Hey everyone,

I am new to setting up routers since I never bought a router before. This is the first time I actually bought one. I ordered the D-link DIR-815 router online at Walmart.com, and I'll be receiving it this Monday which is the 14th, so I am asking my questions on here now, so I could be prepared. Please let me know what questions everyone has one for me.

1.) I don't have a wireless card in my PC, so I will be connecting wired to get WiFi via WAN and LAN ports, right? First before I forget, I have a Windows 7 32-bit desktop PC if that helps. We are working with a DSL modem residential line without phone line using a coaxial cable, and Ethernet cable from modem into the PC. May someone please provide step by step walk through instructions by connecting this D-link router to my modem and WiFi, and for me to use the WPA2 security?

2.) I have an iPhone 4 with Verizon. If I want to use my iPhone to get WiFi from the router, and turn off the Internet, and use WiFi only on my phone, how would this work?

Thank you if someone could provide info!


php111

join:2008-11-06
Allentown, PA

I'm sorry to ask, but does anyone have plans on answering my questions?


Ken1943

join:2001-12-30
Denver, CO
reply to php111

Usually what is done, mine is setup the same way, is to program the modem to bridge mode. Connect the modem to the router wan port and your computer to a lan port on the router. Then program the router to ppoe and enter dsl
username & password. For wifi security, select security level and password to use.

I change the wireless ssid name to something else. That way you know which wireless network to connect to. I have 40 wireless routers, at last count, in my apartment complex and without a ssid name I use, I wouldn't know which one to connect to.
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KenW



NetFixer
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reply to php111

said by php111:

I'm sorry to ask, but does anyone have plans on answering my questions?

Perhaps there is a hesitancy to reply because of what seems to be some inconsistencies in your original post. Also, I assume that you do understand that this is not an official D-Link forum with D-Link employees replying to your questions. This is a user to user help forum, and nobody gets paid anything to reply.

Before I will attempt to make some wild guesses about what you actually have, and make suggestions, I will need some verification about your connection.

First, do you really have DSL service? Not many telephone companies supply their service over a coax connection. So, who is your ISP, and what brand/model "modem" do you have?

Knowing how you are currently connected to the "modem" is also vital. Open a command prompt on your PC and do an "ipconfig /all" command, and post the results; that will tell whether your "modem' is really being used as just a "modem", or if it is really being used as a modem/router gateway device (knowing the brand/model will tell me about the "modem" hardware, but not how it is configured).

Knowing this information is vital to being able to provide the correct advice.
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When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.


BimmerE38FN

join:2002-09-15
Boise, ID
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reply to php111

Please open the box and review the setup guide and or use the CD to help you install the 815 router. Also you can set up the router by connecting a wired LAN PC to the 815 and use the on board web ui and wizard to set up the router or manually configure it if you have advanced knowledge of DLink routers.

If your ISP modem is a stand alone modem then setup should be simple and easy. If your ISP modem has a built in router already, then you'll need to ask you ISP if it can be bridged as some or most modems can be. Some cable modems can not however.

For more information on your DIR-815 router, please visit the FAQ Library over on the DLink forums. »forums.dlink.com/index.php?board=302.0

If further help is needed please post again here or on the DLink forums.

Good Luck.



PamelaTS

join:2004-04-20
Dallas, TX
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reply to Ken1943

said by Ken1943:

Usually what is done, mine is setup the same way, is to program the modem to bridge mode. Connect the modem to the router wan port and your computer to a lan port on the router. Then program the router to ppoe and enter dsl
username & password. For wifi security, select security level and password to use.

I change the wireless ssid name to something else. That way you know which wireless network to connect to. I have 40 wireless routers, at last count, in my apartment complex and without a ssid name I use, I wouldn't know which one to connect to.

Ken has provided a very good and concise description. Like Ken I have many other WLAN's around me, not 40. No, I have "in range" of me 10 WLAN's' so I would strongly advise if you have a smart-phone installing an app like "WiFi Analyzer" or "WiFi Overview" these both have graphs that show which SSID is on which channels. More than 3 WLANs and you can't help but overlap, choose those channels with the weakest signals from other WLANs. Building materials, the proliferation of Bluetooth, older 2.4Ghz cordless phones and X10 device (ceiling fan and widow AC unit remotes) can adversely affect the signal and you may yet have to try a few channels.

Wireless security is important, an open AP leaves your LAN vulnerable and dependent solely on your systems firewall; where the router and wireless security act as an hardware firewall keeping you safe from external attack. An open AP may also leave you legally vulnerable to charges of illegal downloading and child porn.

Make sure whatever pass key you use I suggest WPA2 AES that it's not too easy to guess, but easy enough for you to remember as with any good password the best use a mix of upper and lower case and at least one number.
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---- Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
---- Albert Einstein

-- DLink DIR-825 (B1) fw2.07NA / DAP-1522 (a1) fw 1.40 {2@5ghz bridge mode} / Clear Modem series G
(Counting down to DUMP CLEAR ~ June)


BimmerE38FN

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reply to php111

This is all good information however the level of expertise of the OP and the needs are probably not in need of all the extra information at this time. As it seems the user has received the 815 and has successfully installed it and got it up and running.

Enjoy.



PamelaTS

join:2004-04-20
Dallas, TX
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said by BimmerE38FN:

This is all good information however the level of expertise of the OP and the needs are probably not in need of all the extra information at this time. As it seems the user has received the 815 and has successfully installed it and got it up and running.

Enjoy.

And yet between Ken1943 and NetFixer the question was essentially as you stated answered. Except irregardless you seem to have a propensity likely driven by your ego; to must have the last post in any forum.

Just an observation
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---- Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
---- Albert Einstein

-- DLink DIR-825 (B1) fw2.07NA / DAP-1522 (a1) fw 1.40 {2@5ghz bridge mode} / Clear Modem series G
(Counting down to DUMP CLEAR ~ June)


BimmerE38FN

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reply to php111

Actually my supposed "propensity" is driven to help people with proper detailed help and support, not "ego" or to be the last post, as you stated. The questions were answered, however the user needed basic help in getting the 815 connected that the answers didn't provide. The OP has been successful in setting up the new router. And no, I don't need to always have the last post. I'm just here posting when I can. If others don't post then it only leaves me as the one doing something right?

I'm not here with an attitude either, that doesn't help anyone. Just here to help others gain a better experience and help people get there problems solved. Sorry if that seems to bother you.

Have a great day.



Optimus2357
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join:2010-11-21
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reply to PamelaTS

Im curious php111, Did you get it to work? I know a few tricks to get Iphones online with Wireless. Sometimes the security can be a bit buggy with them and TKIP. Let us know?



BimmerE38FN

join:2002-09-15
Boise, ID
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reply to php111

»forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=52045.0