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Solved: Router 54M TL-WR541G help!

Discussion in 'Networking' started by elevendi, Nov 8, 2007.

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  1. elevendi

    elevendi Thread Starter

    Nov 8, 2007
    hello everyone
    could someone help with setting the wireless in this router?
    some info

    i am in the UK,
    ISP : virgin media broadband,
    cable modem (Scientific Atlantic) with rear port [Power - Ethernet RJ45 - USB - Cable]
    Wireless Router TP-LINK TL-WR541G / TL-WR542G rear port [Pw-4Eth-WAN-Reset]

    with virgin cable modem i connect to internet with no problem, [cable modem Ethernet
    port -to- laptop Ethernet port]

    my laptop connect to TP-LINK wirelessly, i get the ip for the laptop
    and as gateway i have used URL to login to the http page, with no problem

    when i connected virgin cable modem Ethernet port -to- TP-LINK WAN port as described
    in the manual guide, all leds indicators works fine according to the guide [sys WLAN WAN
    all flashing] with WAN Led flashing faster

    but, can't get to connect to internet

    i have used another patch cable to connect TP-LINK Eth-port -to- laptop Eth-port,
    still couldn't get to connect to internet

    BUT, suprisingly

    when i connected the cable modem Eth-port to TP-LINK Eth-port [one of 4Eth-ports]
    and then from TP-LINK Eth-port to laptop Eth-port ...I GOT CONNECTED TO INTERNET

    AND... ipconfig command shows not private ip but public ip address such as [80.12.156...ect]

    now, i understand that the TP-LINK Router is just working here just like a basic hub! and
    this is not what i want really all what i want is to connect the virgin cable modem to
    TP-LINK and then have a wireless internet connection

    from the TP-LINK http page you get the choice to how you want to connect to the internet either
    you choose
    .Dynamic IP
    .Static IP
    i have tried the obvious one, then tried PPPoE

    the WAN status in the TP-LINK always shows the message [Obtaning network parameters....."

    PLEASE HELP BECAUSE I AM GETTING FRUSTRATED! i have some knowledge of networking and i know
    i have tried all possibilities...such rebooting laptop and router, trying other WAN connection
    methods, Reseting the Router...exetera!

    i have googled for help and tried to find an answer to this here , but just can't find the
    right one, i am suspecting the router is faulty but not 100% maybe i've missed something
    i bought this router from ebay and it says in the desctiption the router is compatible with virgin media
    cable broadband
    i don't know what i am missing here, if someone could help i'll be very grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    any suggestion is appreciated

    thank you
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Did you remember to power-cycle (unplug) the modem when switching from computer to router? If so, try unplugging it longer--say, 5 minutes.

    Also, some ISP's keep track of the device connected to the modem. In case this includes your ISP, clone the computer's MAC Address to the router.
  3. elevendi

    elevendi Thread Starter

    Nov 8, 2007
    thanks TerryNet for your reply! i guess i have figured out what i was doing wrong!!!
    the tp-link router need to be turned off the virgin media cable modem also need to be turned off, Then just need to plugin the cable from cable modem to WAN port in the TP-LINK router next step is to turn on the modem and wait for it to get activity light going. Then turn on tplink.

    The tp link should be now setup for wan connection via [dynamic IP] or dhcp client.
    And the lan setup of the tplink should have the dhcp server running.
    also you need to make sure each pc or laptop is set for auto ip.
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Yep, that's the procedure. A lot of people ignore or forget the modem power cycle part.

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