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linksys WRT54G with NTL cable broadband

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mimitwo, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. mimitwo

    mimitwo LI Guru Member

    HI everyone

    I have just spent a very sad ENTIRE DAY trying to get this router to work. Some helpful guys over at cableforum.co.uk have been trying to help, but I seem to have hit a brick wall in getting the router to work and nobody seems to be able to work out what the problem may be.

    If anyone would please be willing to look at the thread HERE and maybe throw an idea or two into the mix, I would be VERY grateful. I have taken pictures, screenshots and the like to try and work out what is wrong, and they are all in the thread there.

    I really have my fingers crossed that someone might be able to help at it is really starting to get me a bit down now!

    Thanks for reading - Mimi
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    the essential thing with cable companies in the UK, i'm not sure about elsewhere; is that after you have gone through the config stuff to get online from your pc with the modem directly connected, you have to clone your pc's mac onto your router. the page to find this is
    ntl link the internet access to the mac that configured it. and also ensure that your internet connection type is "Automatic Configuration - DHCP"
    that should be enough to get you online and you can then play with the other features at your leisure.
    **edit** looks like you have a version 3.0 or 3.1 too, so you can also try out the nice third party firmwares that the newer G's can't handle.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    tbh the best thing to do is:

    power up the WRT54G, set it to factory defaults. power down the router, cablemodem and PC. then power up your NTL Cablemodem. once the SYNC and RDY LEDs are solid, boot up the router. the cablemodem with now have a ethernet (enet) LEDS lit. once the router has booted bootup the PC.

    NTL needs to register a new mac address of the router (or clone the MAC address of the PC) when adding a new paice of hardware to the CM.

    this method should get you onto the net ok. once your on then you can start tweaking and configuring the router as you like.
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    btw I am on NTL, myself. I also helpout on www.chetnet.co.uk forums. (Ex NTL employees help forums)
  5. mimitwo

    mimitwo LI Guru Member

    Hi Simon and Thibor

    Thanks for the suggestions. I tried the cloning of the MAC address suggestion, but it still didn't allow me to connect to the internet. You say that I can give NTL the new MAC address for the router rather than cloning the PC one onto the router? How would I go about doing that, or is it essentially the same thing?

    @Toxic - do you think it will also be worthwhile me asking at 'chetnet'?

    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I was really hoping that it was going to be the end of this saga!

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