PPoE Connection on DSL Modem or Router

April 6, 2010 at 23:18:31
Specs: Windows 7, 3.5GB Ram
I have an ActionTec DSL modem/router connected to a DD-WRT router (the DD-WRT does the DHCP and everything else, the DSL modem/router is set to forward all ports right through to the DD-WRT).

Anyhow, I can either setup the PPPoE connection on the DSL modem, or I can do this in the DD-WRT. Is there an advantage to doing it in one place over another?


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#1
April 6, 2010 at 23:27:31
PPPoE is a Modem function. You can only set it on a Modem. It has no purpose in a router.

PPPoE stand for Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet. It is the protocol that connects you to your ISP, logs you on and versifies you are an authorised user before handing you over to the Internet proper.

Stuart


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#2
April 7, 2010 at 00:02:02
Right, but the DD-WRT router can handle these connections.

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#3
April 7, 2010 at 00:51:55
In that case it must have a Modem built in as well.

Stuart


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#4
April 7, 2010 at 08:04:45
From http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.ph... :

"Remember: The WRT54G / WRT54GS doesn't have an integrated DSL modem, so you need an external one."

That same page talks (briefly) about using PPPoE to connect to DSL service.

That still leaves the original question unanswered.

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#5
April 7, 2010 at 09:48:24
The DD-WRT firmware is not standard with the WRT54G. It may well talk about PPPoE and the fact that it mentions the lack of Modem should be an indication that PPPoE has something to do with a Modem.

That same page talks (briefly) about using PPPoE to connect to DSL service.

Precisely. You cannot cannot to a DSL service with a router without a Modem. You need a Modem to connect and what comes out of the Modem is not DSL but Ethernet.

This is probably generic software for Routers that do have a Modem built in. The chances are that if there are facilities to configure PPPoE then it wont actually do anything.

Stick with the PPPoE in the Modem where it belongs.

Stuart


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