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Using Wireless + PPPoE at the same time kills router. SMCWBR14-G2

Hello. I've got a SMC Barricade wireless router (SMCWBR14-G2). I connect to the internet wia a PPPoE connection. Everything is okay for as long as i keep the wireless module disabled. Once i activate the wireless module, the router hangs, i can't connect to it anymore, and only a hard reset helps to get the router up again (but it's reseted to factory defaults).
Normally the LEDs keep flashing but when it hangs, all leds (besides the WAN port) are lit but don't flash anymore. I also noticed that while the whole router was freezed (could not connect to it's default address -192.168.2.1 - ping not working also, the LAN ports were still operational, so i could actually see my other LAN computers.
Another thing i saw was that the router always died ONLY after i make the settings for the PPPoE connection. Why can't i use PPoE to connect to the internet (via WAN) and wireless at the same time? 
PS: I upgraded the firmware to the latest available (1.09) and the router still freezes when activating
If anyone can help, i'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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Hi,
From your description, I am assuming you have a direct ethernet connection from an RJ45 connection in a jack in the wall. If this is the case, then you would just need to purchase a wireless router (linksys, D-link, netgear, etc). Connect the ethernet connection from the wall to the routers internet or WAN port. You will need to access the routers firmware configuration and set it to connect with PPPoE, so get your username and password from your ISP if you are not sure what it is.

You will be able to continue to have the PC plugged into the router with an ethernet cable, and then run the laptop with a wireless connection, just be sure to configure the laptop with the security key if applicable.

If you were using a software PPPoE connection on your PC, quit using it. Just set your network adapters on both computers to DHCP, and you should be good to go.

Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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