How to Configure a Netopia Router
By Faizah Imani
Using a router is a great way to create a home or office network without having to spend a lot of money. As long as you have a broadband Internet connection through an Internet service provider, you can use a router to get all of the computers in your home or office connected. If you have chosen Netopia as your router brand of choice, you will have to configure it to make your network operable.
Power on your Netopia router, broadband modem and computer. Open your Internet browser. Type the router IP address, 192.168.1.254, into the address bar. Hit "Enter" on your keyboard. Log into your Netopia router with the username and password assigned to you by your Internet service provider.
Select "Expert Mode." After entering expert mode, you will see a menu bar at the top of the configuration window. Click on the "Home" tab. Many Internet service providers will ship your Netopia router to you preconfigured. If it is preconfigured all of the fields, such as IP address, subnet mask and default gateway will already be populated. If the fields are not populated, proceed to the next step.
Click on the "Configure" tab. Select "WAN." Select "ATM." Enter the "VPI" and "VCI" numbers provided by your Internet service provider. Choose your encapsulation option. For example, "Routed IP," "PPPOE," etc... Click "Submit."
Select "WAN" on the left side of your configuration window. Choose the "VCC1" option. Select the option to "Enable Interface." If you do not have your own IP address, choose the option to "Obtain an IP Address Automatically." If you do have your own IP address, uncheck the automatic IP address box.
Type in your IP address if you have your own. Enter your subnet mask. This information can be obtained from your Internet service provider. Select the "NAT" option if you are using your own private IP address for your network connection. Click on "Submit."
Select "WAN" on the left side of your configuration window. Ensure that there is a check in the "Gateway Option" box and "IP Address" is selected as the "Interface Type." Type in your "Default Gateway" address. This can be obtained from your Internet service provider. Click "Submit."
Select the "Configure" tab at the top of your window. Select "LAN." Select "Enable Interface." Type in the IP address for your router and subnet mask. Click "Submit."
Click on the yellow caution symbol on the top right hand side of your window to save all configuration changes. Click on "Save." Restart your computer for the changes to become effective.
Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.