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How to configure the NETGEAR DGN1000 wireless router for BSNL DataOne

Lazy weekends, you know how they are. Me and my equally ultra-lazy friends decided to try out Counter Strike. I had been trying to convince them to play with me over Hamachi, but they just wouldn’t listen. I had been using a NETGEAR WG111 USB adapter as a WiFi router using Connectify (if you have a Windows 7 machine, you can use virtually any WiFi adxapter as a router!). So last weekend, we were so bored with being bored, and we thought we’ll give CS a shot. Boy did we have fun!

However, using a WiFi adapter as a router really is only a makeshift solution, and I had been searching for reasons for buying a wireless N-router. So I do a little bit of research and finally zeroed-in on the NETGEAR DGN1000. I ordered it on eBay and got it delivered 2 days later. Sadly, they packaged a little frustration along with the router.

The not so smart ‘Smart Wizard’

Being the geek, I tried manually configuring it at first by logging into the admin console, which didn’t work. I tried giving the accompanying CD a shot. It had a configuration wizard, dubbed ‘Smart Wizard’. It tried to auto-detect the settings but failed miserably. But fret not, fellow earthlings. After a lot of trial-and-error, I managed to properly configure it, and I’ve been happily surfing the net, seeding Dexter’s Laboratory and hotspotting for over 2 days without a hitch. Here’s the full settings.

Working configuration

Log in to the router’s admin page by opening your browser and navigating to 192.168.0.1, with the username admin and default password password. You can safely cancel the firmware update check and do it at a later point of time. Now click on Basic Settings.

Basic Settings

Does you internet connection require a login? Yes
Encapsulation: PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet)
Login: <your BSNL login username>
Password: <your BSNL login password>
Service name: <ignore>
Internet IP address: Get dynamically from ISP (or if you had obtained a static IP from BSNL on request, you can enter it here)
Primary DNS: 218.248.255.145
Secondary DNS: 218.248.255.146
NAT: Enable

Note: For the DNS fields, please use the DNS IPs that was provided to you initially. If you cannot access certain websites over WiFi, it is most certainly because of wrong DNS addresses. If you are not sure of your old DNS addresses, try the IPs 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

Now click on Apply and wait for a moment while the page refreshes with the updated settings. Then click on ADSL Settings.

ADSL Settings

Multiplexing Method: LLC-Based
VPI: 0
VCI: 35
DSL Mode: Auto (Multi-Mode)

Now click on Apply and after the settings are updated, click on Wireless Settings.

Wireless Settings

Name (SSID): <Any name you want> (This is the name that will be broadcasted by your router and seen by all WiFi-enabled devices in range)
Region: Asia
Channel: 11 (You can change this to some other value, if you notice interference with other wireless or radio-based devices in the vicinity)
Mode: g & b or 150 Mbps, anything that works for all your devices.
Allow broadcast of Name (SSID): Check
Security Options: The safest option would be WPA2-PSK. Select this option and enter a key, preferably a long one, with alphabets, numbers and special characters. After your full setup is done, try connecting your devices to the router. Laptops, especially with Vista Home edition, are known to be having difficulty connecting to the DGN1000 with WPA2-PSK, or even WPA-PSK, for that matter. If you cannot connect, change the security to WEP. After selecting WEP, enter a key that is exactly 10 characters in length.

Now click on Apply and after the settings are updated, move to LAN Settings.

LAN Settings

IP Address: 192.168.0.1
IP Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Use Router as DHCP Server: Check
Starting IP Address: 192.168.0.2
Ending IP Address: 192.168.0.254

Apply the settings. Once the LEDs on the front of the router are stable, check if you are able to connect to the internet. Then check for wireless connectivity. You should be good to go! And always, always remember to backup your settings before you decide to change something!

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