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I have brought a new D Link wireless router and I am trying to install it so that I can have my internet phone working. The manual says that I have to reset my router to factory default settings, which I reset it, now I have to coonect my PC to the router using the ethernet cable, if I do this I will lose the internet. What do I do?

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You should have 3 basic hardware components, Modem, Router and Computer.

The Modem connects to the Router via an ethernet cable, then your computer connects to the router via a ethernet cable for setup. After setup you can configure the wireless and unplug the ethernet cable (if you have a wireless adapter on your computer).

Now here is where I believe your "no internet" problem is coming from...you have to reboot your modem after connecting it to your router. If your modem has a battery backup, you have to pull the battery out and also unplug it from the wall for a reboot.

Reason for the above is that your modem is only allowed to lease 1 IP Address and it leases it to the MAC Address of a hardware component connected to it as the modem boots up. If you had the modem connected directly to your computer, it leased the IP to your computer's MAC Address.

So, hook everything up right and reboot every device one by one starting with the Modem, then router and then your computer.

After it is all working, setup your wireless and make sure to make it encrypted (secured) so your neighbors can not get free internet off of you. While it is nice to give free internet, they can abuse it and do illegal activities on it and then your ISP thinks it is you doing the illegal stuff. After it is all set up right, then you can unplug the ethernet from router to computer and use your wireless.

Good luck and I hope this helps you out.

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Once you reset you router to default settings, it will be using dynamic IPs since by default, DHCP will be enabled. If you have an IP phone, then you can immediately get access to the internet and use VOIP services, as your phone provider said. With regards to your PC, you can directly connect it through ethernet cable as usual. If your PC is set to have a dynamic IP, then it is just plug and play. However, if you were using static IPs, then you have to reconfigure your PC to enable DHCP. For Windows XP:

1. Click Start => Settings => Network Connections
2. Under LAN or High-Speed Internet Group, right-click on your LAN (usually named as "Local Area Connection #")
3. Click on Properties
4. Under the General Tab, scroll down to the bottom and locate the item Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Click on it and then click Properties.
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5. In the window that pops up, under the general tab, make sure that you ticked (selected) "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server address automatically.

Try your luck. I hope that helps. For Vista, just locate network and follow similar procedures.

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