The 2Wire 2701 Advanced DSL Gateway is an excellent choice for your DSL Service. This router is designed to be easy to use, and very fast to configure for 802.11b and 802.11g wireless internet. They also offer top tier technical support on their products. In this article, you will find step by step instructions for setting up your modem for use with AT T; Home Networking, and your wireless connections.
The first thing that you should do carefully inspects the contents of the package that you were sent. You should have received the 2701 Wireless Gateway, 1 Dual DSL Filter, 3 Single DSL Filter, a power supply, 1 15 foot telephone line, a Cat5 Network Cable, back-up CD and the paperwork for your DSL order. Your very first step after opening the box is to find a place to store the back-up CD as it is not needed for installation on the AT T; network. It makes a great coaster or frisbee.
You will want to install a DSL filter on each phone outlet that you have a phone or other device connected to. This is to include Sattelite TV hooked to a telephone outlet for pay per view. If you have an alarm system, you will also need to have your alarm company install a DSL filter on the telephone line for the alarm. Beware, do not try to install an alarm DSL filter yourself. They do not use a standard telephone jack, and if the phone line is unplugged, you will set off your alarm. You will want to use the Dual DSL Filter on the phone jack that you will be using for your DSL connection. This will allow you to still hook a telephone to that outlet. If you did not receive enough filters with your modem, they can be purchased at any major electronics store very reasonably.
Now we will begin with setting up the gateway. You will want to check the paperwork they sent you to be sure that it is past the time they promised you your service will be set up. If your service is not set up by AT T; your gateway will not be able to connect. Plug the telephone cord that was supplied with the Gateway to the DSL side of the filter. Be sure to only use the cable that was supplied with the gateway, as it is a shielded cable, unlike the standard flat cables you have for your telephone. A non shielded cable may cause problems with your gateway, including slow speeds, excessive line noise and inability to connect to the network. Next, you will want to connect the Power Supply to the back of the gateway, and to the wall. Your power light on the front of the gateway should now be green. At this point, the DSL and Internet light on the front of the gateway will be flashing red. Give the gateway a few minutes to connect to the network and those lights turn solid green.
You will want to make sure the computer you are using has either an ethernet card or a wireless card for connection to the router. Most laptops will have a wireless card, and some desktop computers are now coming equipped with wireless technology. If your computer is not equipped with either of these, you will need to purchase and install a wireless card or an ethernet card depending on which technology you want to use to connect. Now that your computer has a network card or wireless card, you can go on to the next step.
If you are using an ethernet card, you will want to hook the Cat5 Network cable to the plug on the rear of the gateway, and on the back of the computer. There should be a small light that comes on both on the back of the gateway and your network card to show you that it is connected. You will also see that the Ethernet light on the front of the gateway is now lit. You will now want to boot up your computer. Go to the start menu and type “Command”. This will bring you into a screen that looks like an old dos screen. When you get the C:\windows gt; prompt, type “ipconfig /renew all”. This will configure your network card’s IP (Internet Protocol) address. It does this by requesting an address from the DHCP server in the gateway. Once this is done, type”exit” to leave this screen or click on the “x” in the top right corner.
Next, you will want to click on the start menu, choose Control Panel gt; Network and Sharing Center. You should see the connection for your ethernet card. If you do not see this connection, you will need to install the drivers for your network card. You also should make sure that there is not a connection that says a broadband connection. If there is, you will want to right-click on the broadband connection and choose delete. Not doing this could interfere with your connection to the Internet.
You should now open your Internet Browser. For this article, we will concentrate on Internet Explorer, as it works much better than any other browser for AT T;’s online registration system. You will also want to make sure that you have a home page set in Internet Options. If it is set to blank, you should set some website names in there, such as www.yahoo.com. Click apply and close the Internet Options Tab. Once it closes, click on the Home icon on the top right side of Internet Explorer. The system will try to connect to that page, but will automatically be redirected to AT T;’s Greenlight Registration System. Fill out the information as requested, it will set your user name and roku password into your modem, and you’re online. Congratulations, you are now on the Internet.
To set up your wireless connection, you first will want to locate the s/n tag on the bottom of the Gateway. Write down the last 3 numbers of your s/n tag. You will also want to write down the 10 digit number between the brackets on the same tag. ( ie, ). This is the encryption key for your modem. Now, look at the bottom right corner of your screen, just to the left of the time. You should see a symbol that looks like the signal bars on your cell phone. You will need to click on this icon and click on connect or disconnect. This will open up your wireless connections. On the right side, near the top, click on the refresh arrows. This will tell your computer to search for available wireless networks. If it comes up with no connection found, you will need to make sure your wireless device is turned on. On most laptops, there is an on-off switch located on the front or side. You may also need to turn this device on in the device manager on a desktop. Following the directions above, refresh your wireless connections. You should see a list of available wireless connections. You need to find a connection that says 2wire###, with the number of signs being the last 3 numbers that you wrote down from the s/n label. Click on the Connect icon on the bottom, and your computer will connect to the gateway. The gateway will ask for your WEP or WPA key. This is the 10 digit number that you wrote down from the label on the bottom of the Gateway. Enter that number in the bottom, being very careful to enter it correctly and click on connect. You should be given the option to save this connection, click yes. Now open up the Web Browser, and complete the AT T; Greenlight Registration System. You’re now online.