Written by: Paul Campbell
Do you use Orange Broadband service using a Livebox or Siemens Router supplied to you by Orange (your Internet Service Provider)?
Do you wish to use a third party router such as Dlink, Linksys, Netgear or Buffalo which have more great and useful features such as QOS, NAS, Print Server and HD video streaming capabilities?
The question you may ask yourself is….. if I buy my own router how do I set it up – perhaps using the installation CD supplied by Orange? Fear not, I can show you how to manually set up your new router with the settings required for use with the Orange Broadband Provider.
Prerequisites: You will need an active Orange Broadband Account, an ADSL Modem/Router, a working PC or Laptop, an ethernet cable and a RJ11 cable (usually supplied with your router’s manufacturer) and a micro filter.
The ADSL Modem/Router that we will be using for this tutorial is a Buffalo WBMR-HP-G300H. The setup will be very similar to your new third party router but the naming conventions maybe a different router brand, but the actual settings will be the same. Please check your router’s manual for more information regarding this.
I will now take you through the steps to setup your new third party router.
First, turn off your router and unplug from the mains, turn off your desktop computer or laptop that you will be using to communicate with the router then unplug from the mains.
Connect one end of ethernet cable to your computer’s ethernet port and the other end of the ethernet cable to one of the LAN/Ethernet ports (usually 4) on the router.
Unplug your phone cable coming from your telephone from the master phone socket and plug in the Micro filter into the master phone socket. Plug your phone cable from telephone into the port marked phone on the Micro Filter and one end of the RJ11 cable into the port marked DSL on the Micro Filter and the other end marked DSL on your router.
See Illustrations below:
Plug the router into the mains, turn the switch on and press the power button on the router and wait for the lights to stabilize, the internet light may flash as this is usual at this point. Plug the computer into the mains, turn the switch on and press the power button on the computer and boot into windows and log on by using your username and password if prompted to do so.
Open your browser of choice (e.g. IE, Firefox or Chrome ) and navigate to your router’s IP Address. In this tutorial I will be using 192.168.11.1, yours maybe different. You may find the default IP Address on a label on the bottom of your router.
This screen will appear, click on Confirm Internet side connection.
Type in your credentials to your router setting when prompted with the default. User Name: root and password: Blank (enter nothing) click OK.
The screen below will now appear to auto detect internet connection, please click back because I am going to show you how to manually configure your Internet connection.
You will now be presented with the screen below please click on Internet/LAN Tab:
This screen will now appear:
Under Connection Type set Encapsulation to RFC2364 PPPoA.
Under PPPoA Settings type in the username given to you by orange i.e. Johnsmith.orange.co.uk@fs and password that you have set up with orange.
Under Optional Settings(required by some ISPs) set the MTU to manual and set value to 1492 (Default Livebox setting).
Under DSL Settings set Modulation to Multimode.
Under VC Settings set Multiplexing to VC based.
Set Auto Detect to Disabled.
Set Virtual Circuit VPI to 0 and VCI to 38.
The router will now restart and will apply your settings displaying this page:
Once the reboot of the router has finished, it will return to the previous page displaying your settings that you have just configured and you should now have internet connectivity.
To check if you have a connection to Orange please click on Diagnostic Tab:
The following page will be displayed with your Public IP Address, Default Gateway and DNS servers (sensitive IP Addresses have been removed) from Orange and connection status should read online.
Important Note: When connecting to the Orange Broadband Service using other third party router even when it displays internet connectivity as mentioned above, you might encounter some issues such as: unable to surf the internet via webpages, download/upload software or update your operating system or security applications. A good example is a Dlink router that I know of due to the MTU setting on your computer(s) which by default is set to 1500 and will need to be changed to 1492.
To change the MTU on Windows Vista/7:
Click on Start and type cmd, see on the top right click and choose Run as administrator, this will open up a dos command screen then type: netsh interface ipv4 show subinterfaces press enter.
Now you have to change the MTU on the wired and wireless interfaces in the list “Local Area Connection” and “Wireless Network Connection 2” in my case.
To do this, from the command prompt type:
netsh interface ipv4 set subinterface “Local Area Connection” mtu=1492 store=persistent press enter
netsh interface ipv4 set interface “Wireless Network Connection 2” mtu=1492 store=persistent press enter
After OK is displayed please restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
You should now have internet connectivity on your Windows Vista/7 computer.
To change the MTU value on Windows XP please download DRTCP from this link:
Open the application under Adapter settings use the drop down menu and select the name of your wired adapter and in the MTU(window) set the value to 1492 and click on save.
Repeat the steps above for your wireless adapter, exit the application and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
You should now have internet connectivity on your Windows XP computer.
Please repeat the steps for each computer on your network.
Note: To use wireless on your network, the wireless connectivity will need to be enabled and configured in the Wireless Config Tab of the router.
Please click on Basic 11 N/G/B Tab
Wireless Radio: Place a checkmark on Enable.
Wireless channel: Choose a Channel which is five channels apart from nearby router SSID(s) to avoid interference.
300 Mbps Mode: Set to auto.
Broadcast SSID: Place a checkmark on Allow.
SSID: Click the radio button on enter and type a unique SSID.
Wireless authentication: Set to WPA2-PSK
Wireless encryption: Set to AES
WPA-PSK(Pre shared Key): Enter your Wireless Network Key here at least 26 characters or the one supplied to you by orange.
Click Apply and allow the router to restart.
From each of your computer. Click on your Wireless Utility (either native or third party) and choose your router’s SSID and enter the pass-phrase you entered in your router choose to start automatically and save this network.
Enjoy surfing the cyberworld.