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I have a ADSL router with i have purchased cable internet and i want to use my existing ADSL modem as a wifi router. The modem is this one

i get the idea that we have to disable ADSL/DHCP on it, but i want an exact guide/option/solution for the same. Thanks

Update: i am not able to figure out how to disable the integrated ADSL modem, when i directly connect the cable to my computer i get a static ip address and a default gateway assigned. So what i did was to disable DHCP on the modem, and configure it's static ip to the IP which was assigned to my laptop. I then connected the cable to one of the RJ45 ports of the modem, but i don't get it to work still. When i open a page i get the Figure 1 and Figure 2 has the settings.

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Updating details for the new setup: I don't have a cable modem, all i was provided with was a LAN cable by the provider which i directly plugin into Ethernet port of the laptop, and it assigns me a static ip address, default gateway and DNS which is always same everytime. Will anything change now?

Update: I believe the lan cable is connected to a box which in turn negotiates with the main IP. The provider confirmed to me that the ip remains static and i get it assigned as Default Gateway: and some DNS entries.

I now am thinking of buying a Non ADSL Wifi router, which can solve my problems i suppose.

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good going guys, thanks a lot for help. @irrational john, @wil: i will try the updated options tomorrow. but currently i brought another modem Linksys WAG120N and i was able to do what john suggested (assign the same static ip to that modem) and the internet light started glowing, but then i am unable to browse sites from my computer. Is there any further change i have do? I think i am half way there with the new modem. Guys can u please help. Thanks – Anirudh Goel Jun 30 '10 at 19:09
Unless I have mistaken the model number, you have got yourself another modem router and not a standard router. – William Hilsum Jun 30 '10 at 19:28
yeah i realized that, after talking with the customer care. So finally i am going to get a Wireless Router tomorrow. – Anirudh Goel Jun 30 '10 at 19:54
Just make sure you get a router with an ethernet WAN port, not an ADSL (phone) port or a coax cable port. The most common setup is 5 ethernet ports, 4 LAN and 1 WAN. The ports should all be identical except possible for a color code. (The WAN is sometimes yellow to distinguish it). Before they try to sell you a Linksys WRT120N you might want to look at this review… – irrational John Jun 30 '10 at 22:18
Another point. You should realize that you will not see an increase in wireless speed from an 802.11n router unless you also have clients/devices which support 802.11n. If all the devices you are going to use with wireless can only use 802.11g then you might save money and get the same performance by using a slightly older 802.11g router. Also beware of the so-called "150" single band N routers. It's marketing to make you think you're getting the benefits of N wireless when in fact you're getting a slower, "crippled" IMO, non-Wi-Fi certified router. Caveat emptor! – irrational John Jun 30 '10 at 22:25
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The provider confirmed to me that the ip remains static and i get it assigned as Default Gateway: and some DNS entries.

Because this is a very different situation than what I originally thought we were talking about, I've completely replaced my previous answer. If anyone is curious what I deleted, the previous revisions are still out there, of course.


While I'm not very skilled at such things, I did try to do a lookup of the IP they gave you, It appears to be registered with "Asia Pacific Network Information Centre" in Milton, Australia. But the contact info points to "Beam Telecom", "Beam Cable System", and/or "Beam Telecom Pvt Ltd", 8-2-610/A, Road No - 10 Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India.

The subnet mask they gave you,, implies that your IP and the 16,382 (?) other IPs in the range to are on the same subnet of the larger Internet. In other words, all these public IPs are in some sense "local" to your IP. That's a relatively big subnet which I find surprising. It makes me wonder how their network actually functions. Oh, well.

What you appear to have is a one static IP which is on the public Intenet. In other words, you don't have a local LAN at all, just an IP which gives you direct, unfiltered ... and unprotected! ... access to the Internet. This would also mean there is no DHCP server so you would need to manually enter the IP configuration data ... the IP address, the default route, and the DNS servers ... into the one computer you could connect to the Internet using this IP address.

So, yes, I would recommend you obtain another router and put it between you and the free rolling chaos which is the unfiltered public Internet. Put your systems on a local LAN behind a router which uses (at least) NAT, SPI and DHCP.

You would then enter the one static IP you were given as the WAN information for the router, connect the router via its WAN port to the ethernet port from your ISP, and then connect your systems to the router LAN ports. Your computer(s) would then have local LAN IPs assigned to them by the router's DHCP.

I would also recommend ignoring the DNS servers your ISP gave you and going with one of the public DNS providers such as OpenDNS or Google DNS. Maybe it's just me, but I like having even a small bit of extra filtering between me and the hoards of malicious sites out there these days.

As for the router itself, there are two ways you could go.

You could, as you mentioned, obtain a home router which includes wireless.

But you could also use a wired home router, connect your Beetle to it, and then use the Beetle for wireless access. This is what I thought you were trying to do in my previous answers.

I mention this as an option because you might know someone who has a wired router they no longer use which you could re-purpose. Depending on your situation, it might be a quicker or cheaper solution for you.

The important thing is to get a router, either wired or wireless, which gives you some isolation from the public Internet by using NAT plus "stateful packet inspection" (SPI) to create your own LAN. The router's DHCP would also save you the hassle of entering static configuration info and would allow multiple computers to use/share your Internet access at the same time.

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john: not getting it to work, updated the question can you look? – Anirudh Goel Jun 27 '10 at 10:47
john: thanks for the update, updated my question. I don't have a cable modem, but a direct LAN cable. – Anirudh Goel Jun 28 '10 at 17:33
john: updated – Anirudh Goel Jun 29 '10 at 5:50
@john: added comment to question, can you please respond. – Anirudh Goel Jun 30 '10 at 19:10
thanks a lot dude.. are you on twitter/gtalk? i would like to connect with you. – Anirudh Goel Jul 1 '10 at 8:52

Thanks for that link, it makes it a bit easier!

If you go to the following page, simply set the local IP to something within your current network range that is free and then set DHCP to disabled.

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This should be all you need to do. NAT and the various other options only apply to the internet port so there should be no need to disable them. By doing the above, it should effectively turn your unit in to a wired switch + Wireless Access Point.

Edit - update

There is no need to disable the ADSL interface, simply change the IP of the router to something spare (e.g. change the last part of the number) and then simply plug it via a standard RJ45 ethernet cable (not WAN/Internet interface) in to your other router and it should simply start working as a switch/access point.

Basically, if your computer is, change the router to (e.g. a different number within the same range, but unlikly to be leased via DHCP - if you have the ability to, go to the router and shrink the range to give you a few spaces for static devices like this).

However, remember, it is a gateway/router between the internet interface and the Wlan/Lan ports/interface, you are simply not using this functionality so ignore the status screen.

Sorry, this gets a little complicated - if you need any more help, just say.

Edit based on update.

What I have given you is a guide / help in how to turn a wireless modem router in to a wireless access point and standard switch. All the wired ports work like a standard switch/hub.

Whilst it may be possible to "hack" in to your router (well access the telnet/shell interface) and make it act like a router, I cannot recommend this as it may break the web gui and I have no idea if it is possible on your model.

What you really want to get is a standard (non modem) router and use that instead, then plug a RJ45/ethernet cable from that in to any spare port on the old device and it should work fine.

It sounds like your new ISP just gave you a standard modem designed for either a router or a single computer.

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@Irrational John - Getting a bit confused reading your comment - The page I linked to is the standard ethernet settings for the router, not the internet interface - he can simply plug it in via ethernet to any free port and assign an IP within the range, then he won't have to worry about NAT or anything as it will act just as a switch/access point and not a router/gateway. – William Hilsum Jun 26 '10 at 22:51
@Wil - I don't know what was wrong with my thinking. In hindsight, you are right and I was wrong. The configuration screens for this router confused me. (That's the best explanation I can offer). I deleted my previous comments since they were misleading. – irrational John Jun 27 '10 at 3:19
@Wil: It still says ADSL is down. Question updated can you have a look. – Anirudh Goel Jun 27 '10 at 10:47
@Anirudh Goel - updated – William Hilsum Jun 27 '10 at 11:58
@Wil: updated question again, i don't have a separate modem all i have is a cable which assigns me a static ip when i connect directly to it. – Anirudh Goel Jun 28 '10 at 17:36

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