Posted 16 September 2008 - 07:05 AM
Netgear is an excellent purchase and you shouldn't have a problem with sorting the connection yourself, provided your ISP is ok at giving you the details you need. With Netgear they tend to put the dsl connection stuff on one page like under setup > basic settings. That is where you put your ISP connection info.
dsl login and password which should be supplied by the ISP, maybe in your welcome information.
You might need to check with your ISP FAQ pages, but in the UK the Encapsulation is usually set to PPPoA for a standard DSL connection, in the states it might be PPPoE, so you might need to check that. Usually the Internet IP address and DNS Servers should be set to Get automatically from ISP. That should allow your router to connect to the internet and the Router Status page should reflect that. This is not the same info that you would get from ipconfig as ipconfig would usually deal with the Local Area Network not the Internet, unless you have a none standard configuration, which it doesn't sound like you do.
The next part you need to configure is the LAN IP setup under Advnaced, although if you are connected to the router configuration pages, it would probably mean you could leave it alone, but in there you can switch on/off DHCP as required, change the LAN IP address of the router if necessary and generally control any local computers connecting to the router, none of this should affect the router connecting to the Internet, but may stop your machines getting access to the net. This is the info that your machine will reflect when you use ipconfig.
If you want to use the wireless connectivity, I would set that up after that, but you have enough to get on with just now, trying to get connected to the internet. Let us all know how you get on.