said by scooter2002:
If anyone can give me detailed step by step instructions from plug in modem and router to configuring windows and router
the detail is lost merely because i don't know what brand of router you're using, but the concepts remain the same. what you need to do to set up the router is the following:
1) connect all of your connections, that is, from the modem to the router's WAN port and from the router's ports to the computer(s).
2) figure out what your router's admin page IP address is. it's usually listed in the manual and if not, probably on the support pages of the company's website. or some forums. or something. but this isn't a hard number to find. it should start with 192.168.x.x
3) you could probably ping the router to see if you're connected properly or if anything funny is going on with your local connection, but it should be okay. if you do feel the need, go to start, run, type 'command' then when the dos prompt comes up, type in 'ping 192.168.x.x' where that is the IP address you've now found. if there's problems, you won't be able to even find the router. but in that case, that's a much bigger problem. if everything's alright, onwards!
4) now that you've got the ip address, go into internet explorer of any of those machines connected to the router, and type in »192.168.x.x
or whatever address is listed in the manual for the admin setup page. most home-use routers nowadays are configured via a web page which is built into the router and you can access with your web browser.
5) it may ask you for a login so make sure you have that too, again, listed in the manual or the company's support pages.
6) once you have logged in, if you don't have an auto-setup option or a wizard that walks you through, then make sure you have the following settings. the system name you can leave blank, the domain name is automatically provided assuming you've got a connection with your modem, WAN IP address is auto, and DNS server is auto.
7) depending on whatever router you have, you may have to set your connection, whether it be PPPoE or DHCP. to put it in crude terms, Sympatico = PPPoE and Rogers = DHCP. since you're on rogers, specify that you have a DHCP account and everything is obtained automatically. what may be happening with your router is that since you were on sympatico before, you had to set up a PPPoE login and now it's looking for that connection and it's not finding it. the settings may just need to be changed.
8) save your new settings on the router, reset your computer and everything should be good to go. if not, the wonderful folks here at dslr will keep helping you out.
again, let me reiterate that the detail is lost because i don't know what brand of router you have, but if you follow these steps, then you should be good to go.
- Bandwidth Aficionado