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Wireless Routers, Setting Up and MAC Numbers

Dear Guru Babb,

I  am  located  in  India  and  have  a  Broad  Band connection  at  home.  I have been  studying  up  all about  WiFi and  the  wonderful  world  of  wireless connectivity  for  my home. However  there are  a  few  queries  I  have which have  me  confused.  Simply  because  I  am  new  to  this  area.

I  have  been  told  by  the  local  ISP that I cannot  install  a  wireless  router  for  my  home  because  he  will not  release  the  MAC  number.  As  per  my  limited  understanding  how can  the  service  provider  make  such  a  statement  since  he  in  anycase  is  just  suppossed  to  supply  me  an  internet  broadband  connection.  Oh  before  I  proceed  further,  the  system  used  here  is that  the  service  provider  ahs  a  fibre optic  cable  from  his  location  right  upto  the  outside  of  my  home.  Here  he  has  installed  a  converter  and  from  a  switch  he  routes  one  cable  Cat 6 cable  inot  my  house  for  my  PC.  He  uses  the  other  spare  ports  to  give  connections  to  neighbours.  So  in  essence  as  far  as  I  am  concerned  I  get  my  internet by  a  line.

Now  if  I  connect  a  suitable  wireless Router  to  the  cable  running  inot  my  PC,  and  ofcourse  set  it  up  I  should  be  able  to  get  wifi connectivity  to  my  wireless enabled  gadgets.  THE  iPac  and  the  iPod.  My  son  has  his  laptop  also  Wi Fi enabled  so  he  can  also  use  the  wirelss  signal.  

Distances  from  the  location  of  the  Router  to  the  likely places  where  I  will use  the gadgets  is  just  10  to  20  meters  with  about  2/3  walls  intervening.

Now  comes  my  problem.  The  Service provider  states  that  I will not  be able  to  log  on  to  my  connection  as  he  ahs  the  MAC  Number  locked  to  my  PC.  Further  he  will not  let  me  use  the  WiFi  device.

One  of  my  solutions  is keep  the  PC  with  its  wired  link  ON  24/7  or  when  ever  I want  to  work  wirelessly.  Second  is  to  give  a  proxy  address  to the  Router  and  fix  up  my  PC  with  a  wireless  card.  

The  service  provider  states  that  I will misuse  his  connection  to  "favour'  my  neighbours.  The  nearest  neighbour  is  at  least  50  to 75 meters  from  my  home  and  I  read  that  'power'  of  the  router  signal  can  be  sort  of  tuned  down.

My  son  is  a  software  developer  and  engineer  and  he  is  in  Australia  and  right  now  in  India  and  he  advised  me  that  apparently  the  sevice  provider  is  ignorent  about  software  locks,  firewalls,  etc.

From  what  I  have  read  up  on MAC  numbers  the  Linksys WRT54G series  also  available i n India  is  user  friendly  ideal  for  home  networkers  like  me  and  can  also  be  easily  setup.  

How  do  I  get  around  the  problem  of  keeping  my  PC  switched  on  all day  or  night,  keep  it  from  going  into  sleep  mode  and  totally  eliminate  the  PC and  just  use  the  wirless  device (s)  as  I  please. I  am  aware  that  the  non  wireless  devices  i.e.  both  my  PCs  will have to  have
  wireless   cards  installed  and  the  whole  local WAN  set  up  and  
networked. Also  what  about  my  pesky  service  provider who  has wagered  that  I  will never  be a ble  to  network  wirelessly  without  his  help.  I do  not l ike  people  who  challange.  

Incidentlly  I  am  ex army,  a  low level computer  geek :) and  retired  but  knowledgeable  enough  to  enjoy  all  the  new  devices  acvailable  to the  home  user.

my  email  is


Sukhwant Singh

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Re: Wireless Routers, Setting Up and MAC Numbers

Go to your pc and type in ipconfig this will enable you to get the mac address

google ddrtw firmware for the linksys router this will allow you to spoof the mac address so your isp thinks the router is the PC with the same mac address and voila....

good luck


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