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Old 02-11-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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I've been reading pages about how to setup a new DSL modem for Windows.

Some of the pages say (a) you should type a URL that is four numbers to call up a config screen; or (b) you should go to Control Panel > Networking and use Set Up a New Network Connections.

When do you use one method or the other?

Also, when you get a new DSL modem in the mail from an ISP, is it already configured? I've only ever had one DSL modem and when I attached it, I remember that I didn't have to configure it. It worked right away, but that was in 2006.
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:51 PM
 
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The modem should connect to the Telco's system automatically when you plug it in. Most systems will intercept your first attempt to access a web page and send you to a wizard where you enter your telephone number, create a username/password for email, install crapware, etc.

The modem (most of which are also routers) do have an admin page accessible at some address such as 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 but the typical end user has no reason to ever use that. Its more for advanced users or the provider's tech support needs.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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I've been reading pages about how to setup a new DSL modem for Windows.

Some of the pages say (a) you should type a URL that is four numbers to call up a config screen; or (b) you should go to Control Panel > Networking and use Set Up a New Network Connections.

When do you use one method or the other?

Also, when you get a new DSL modem in the mail from an ISP, is it already configured? I've only ever had one DSL modem and when I attached it, I remember that I didn't have to configure it. It worked right away, but that was in 2006.
Use A to configure the modem itself (if necessary)

Use B to configure the PC itself (as necessary)
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