20 Most Recent 3Com OfficeConnect Router Questions & Answers

4 Select the connection type from the Connect Type drop-down menu. ? Always Connected means that Internet connection to your ISP is always on. ? Auto - Triggered by Traffic means your Router will automatically connect to your ISP every time a PC needs to access the Internet. ? Manual - Start in Disconnected means that after re-booting the Router, the Internet connection will need to be re-established manually by the user. ? Manual - Start in Connected means that after re-booting the Router, it will automatically establish a connection to your ISP.
(from http://h20628.www2.hp.com/km-ext/kmcsdirect/emr_na-c02582095-1.pdf )

this sounds like Manual - Start in connected mode will get the ip address and dns settings automatically from the ISP

using adsl on phone line then use pppoe for the protocol

DCHP server has to be set up also and on
The DCHP server ip address range is to with subnet mask and default gateway is

pppoe protocol allows the ADSL to connect many computers on the one isp global ip address allocated to your line via using different port numbers to translate the computers internal ip address on the dhcp server through the router.

3Com... | Answered on Jul 02, 2017

The rule I follow when using a signal booster, is read the manual of my gateway and check the Max range of coverage, if it is 50 meters I'll place my signal extender at 25 - 30 meters away from the Router, if you go to the edge of coverage circle, your signal extender will suffer unstable signal, and would fail to boost the signal.

3Com... | Answered on Dec 28, 2013

There are actually 3 models of the WL-542. Go to this page and select "All downloads" in the section matching your model. You will find the exact model number on a sticker on the side or under your WL-542.


3Com... | Answered on Jun 14, 2013

You should be able to chain together. Only change IP scope on second unit to avoid any IP conflicts.

3Com... | Answered on Nov 09, 2012

Disable router's security and use your iphone to connect to internet..See if you get the same result.. To change the router settings ->Click ,leave username blank,password admin by default.Look for security settings...and remove the password protection. If so, can you give me the model number of your router .

3Com... | Answered on Aug 10, 2011

Hi there,

What signal does the router broadcast b, g or n?

Please make sure that you are using the correct, passphrase or wireless key to get in to the network.

If the new laptop connects on another network then it means that the problem is not with the laptop.

Here's what you can do try to power off the router, unplug it from the wall for 30 seconds and then try turning it on again.

Once the router is up and all the lights are on check if your windows xp laptop can still connect and then try connecting the new laptop.

If the same problem happens you may want to rebuild the network and start a new one to make that the configuration will be ok.

Hope this helps!

3Com... | Answered on Jul 14, 2011

To secure your router, you need to set it's password. The default password is "admin". But I would suggest you change the password to something else.
The procedures for all these are long, so I would be directing you to your manual, but in case you don't have the manual, click the below link to view your manual and follow my instructions below.
To get to the password section, you need to access wizard. Go to page 29. Read and follow instructions to run wizard.
Now, to change the password, go to page 47. Read and follow instructions there.
Lastly, if you forgot your password, go page 105. Read and follow instructions.
I don't think you should have any problems after following the above closely.
Good luck.

3Com... | Answered on Jul 12, 2011

Connect your router to computer with ethernet cable then you can access it with following default link. or or or If you are not able to access it with above ip then check your computers ip address gateway ip is your router ip try with it. Then it ask for user name and password. Type user as "admin" and password as "admin" or "password" or blank. Then you can see configuration page of router. If you are still not able to access router with above ip then you need to RESET it for that press RESET button for 10 seconds it is in back side of router then all settings defaults..Then you can access it with above method. . Then click on wireless->wireless security->WEP security there is code password note down it or enter new password then save setting s and restart router. then you can connect wireless with new password. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.

3Com... | Answered on Mar 22, 2011

1. you will have to designate the laptop or allow it to connect by entering it into the 3com router.
2. try connecting to the router via ethernet cord (that is connecting with a physical straight through cord) that came with the router.
If connected with this then you will have to go into the router via the IP set 192.168..0.1 depending on the router ip for loging in.
2. Go to the "wireless setup" and enter your MAC address for the laptop in the permissions list in the router. Instructions on how to do this is at the manufacturers site. Step by step.
3. Do the following step if instructions not found.
1.Log into router
2. Verify wireless router name( on the computer) >>> ( on/off)
3.Note router name you are connecting to.
4.. Check the laptop do ipconfig /all to see current IP adresses.
5. Set the laptop up in the router by WEP KEY or MAC address.
6.Note router name you are connecting to.
7. Move the laptop about 20ft away and try to log on to the internet.
This is for all routers to set up wirelessly.

3Com... | Answered on Jun 19, 2010

it is because of the ip address from the router. you should re-configure the router and allow to generate more ip addresses from the router.

3Com... | Answered on May 03, 2010

Make sure the wep key is right

3Com... | Answered on Apr 08, 2010

no, the MTU is being overridden by the cable provider. Most ISPs use 576 as the default MTU as this was shown to be the most effective packet size some years ago; unfortunately, that was before streaming video and large downloads, but some ISPs haven't changed their policies. The effect on your speed will only be noticeable if you are downloading large files, streaming or using skype or a similiar VOIP product. To be honest, most of the core switches on the internet use 576 anyway, so changing locally really won't matter.

3Com... | Answered on Mar 30, 2010

what's your router?

3Com... | Answered on Jan 07, 2010

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