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Connecting a linksys router to a Windows 98 Enternet 300 DSL

Im in desperate need of tech help from anyone who can throw me a hint here. I've recently moved in with my parents for a short period of time and I'm trying to set up a network with my wireless linksys router so I can get online with my laptop. Unfortunatly, the way my dad has his internet setup is on a old Windows 98 PC which logs into his DSL router (directly connected) using some software called Enternet 300.

Now the only OS I really have decent experience with in terms of networking is Windows XP. Im pretty much clueless with Win 98. I connected the router to the computer and for whatever reason I couldnt even log into the router interface with the router's IP from the Windows 98 machine. I know it's the right IP because I tried it on my (offline) XP desktop and and got into the router config screen fine.

Every time I try to connect the router to the modem (physicly) and then to the 98 machine, I can't get any access through Enternet 300, even after I took the router over to my XP machine, and configured it for PPPoE (what enternet uses) and made sure the router had the correct login info (username, password).

I understand that Windows XP has built in support for PPPoE and 98 doesn't and that's why my dad uses Enternet 300, but how on earth can I get Enternet to connect through the router? The ISP tech support won't help me because the router is from another company.

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Did you also set the MAC address in the router?

In reply to: Connecting a linksys router to a Windows 98 Enternet 300 DSL

Sometimes that's needed. As well as updating the firmware in the router.

Also a damning issue I ran into was I had to uninstall PPPOE software (some, not all) to connect to the router. Drives people insane!


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Linksys with Win98

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First make sure that the Enternet 300 doesnt run automatically. if it does DO NOT connect thru that. First turnOff the PC and connect to the linksys and linksys to the modem (Would be better if u could have given me the name of the modem). Then turn on the devices and once PC is up open InternetExplorer and type" in the address bar and when asked for user name and pwd. type "admin" for both (in case u didnt change the defaults) Under the Settings page.. Make sure the connection type is NOT "Automatic config DHCP" It should be PPPOE for your connection. and then type ur ISP's user name and pwd completely.. including the Save settings and reboot the PC.. u should be connected and incase NO get me info abt the modem.


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Linksys with Win98

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don't use Enternet 300 , use the pppoe connection type on the linksys .. access the setup page by going to in your web browser leave username blank and admin in the password also need to make sure your network adapter is working .. but even better give you folks a present, upgrade them to Win Xp.. 98 was retired in July...

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