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Can you tell me the model number of the CenturyLink modem please?
Thank you - you can get your Netgear modem set up and working with the DSL modem this way:
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Power off the computer and modem. Connect the modem to the modem port of the Netgear, then one of the numbered ports to your computer. Press and hold the reset button on the back if the Netgear with a paperclip for 15 seconds, then release. Wait 60 seconds, then power off the Netgear.
Power on the modem - wait 60 seconds
Power on the Netgear - wait 60 seconds
Power on the computer
You should be back online if everything worked properly...
Open Internet Explorer and enter this address: http://www.routerlogin.net/
A login screen will appear:
Click Wireless Settings on the left side of the screen. Change your Network Name (SSID) to something unique - there can't be any spaces in the name. Make this a unique name without any spaces - anything that you haven't used in the past.
Change the Security Mode to WPA-PSK and enter a password XXXXX at least 8 characters in the pre-shared key box. Save the settings.
You are done at this point and you will have a working wireless network.
If you have any questions on how to connect wirelessly, please let me know the version of Windows you are using and I can help...
How far through the process were you able to get?
Okay - let's try it a different way:
Power off the computer and disconnect the modem. The only connection you will want is between the computer and the Netgear router. Press and hold the reset button on the back for 15 seconds, then release. Wait 60 seconds, then power on the computer.
Your router is now reset - open your browser and log into the router at http://www.routerlogin.net
Let's set up the wireless network first:
Click Wireless Settings. Change your Network Name (SSID) to something unique - there can't be any spaces in the name.
Change the Security Mode to WPA-PSK and enter a password XXXXX at least 8 characters in the pre-shared key/passphrase box. Save the settings.
Click LAN Setup under Advanced. Change the IP address to 192.168.5.1, then save and exit the router.
Power off the router and computer and reconnect the modem.
Power on the modem- wait 60 seconds
Is everything working now?
It's a little bit different than that...let's doublecheck the connections:
Use your ethernet cable and connect it to the laptop. Power off the laptop.
Connect the other end to port 3 of the Netgear. Wait 60 seconds, then power on your computer. Open Internet Explorer.
You won't have internet access right now to any address other than this one:
Open that address, then use this information to log in:
Once logged in, click Wireless Settings. Change your Network Name (SSID) to something unique - there can't be any spaces in the name.
Power off the router and disconnect the laptop. Move the cable from the back of the Netgear over to the modem port, not one of the numbered ones. Connect the other end to your modem.