Hey all, here is an update of success coming from the main man of TBOT. I recently had to set up a router for a DSL model for a friend of mine, and I ran into some brick walls since I’m getting older and my memory is getting weaker. I did remember that I can simply clone the MAC address from the computer, onto the router to make the router look like it’s the computer so the modem will recognize it.
1) First thing I did was, like I said, I found out my MAC address in Vista by going to Start, typed “cmd” then when the black window popped up I typed in “ipconfig /all“. That showed me my “physical address” if you look closely in the image below:
2) And from there, I was able to take that “Physical Address” aka the MAC address of the computer and enter it into the DD-WRT router settings, as you can see in the image below:
After clicking on “Apply Settings“, the router saved the settings, I rebooted the computer and BOOM!, done… Google loaded.
If you are afraid that two MAC addresses will confuse your modem, don’t worry it won’t. The main connection to the modem, being the router, is what the ADSL modem pays attention to, not whatever is connected to the router itself.
If you are confused with “MAC address”, don’t despair, it has nothing to do with Apple computers, it means Media Control Access, or the other way around. You can find out your own computers MAC address by going further up near the top of this post, and look for your “Physical Address” by following that guide.
Other than that, it’s nice to have these cheap routers sitting around. I had two Linksys routers, so I thought I would spare one for free since I got it for free and I got two cases of beer for it!. (Of course with putting the work into setting it all up as well). Normally, any older Linksys router comes with it’s own firmware. But with DD-WRT, you can customize the firmware of the router and make that router feature customizable settings of a $600 router!.
The definition of DD-WRT is:
A Linux-based firmware DD-WRT, for many different routers that are wireless, and most notable the Linksys WRT54G (which includes the WRT54GL and WRT54GS) happens to be one of the compatible routers.
The article that inspired me to use DD-WRT in the very beginning was from Lifehacker, which the article is now 6 years old now, the routers are still very useful. The only thing that made me stop using an ADSL modem and a Router in combination is that eventually the hardware decides to not work, so I now stick with my simple 2Wire integrated ADSL/Router modem. It’s made by Gateway but, it does the job.