Setting up equipment for Stream
The article by Peter Didenko “Connecting and saving”, published on the pages of our publication, told about how to save money when connecting to the Stream channel. In today’s article we will talk about what types of equipment are used for various connection options to Stream, and also consider in detail exactly how this equipment should be configured. We hope that with the help of this article even the least “advanced” users will be able to independently configure such a device as an ADSL router to connect several computers on a local network to the Stream.
As you know, the equipment that Stream offers as standard is distinguished by a rather high cost compared to its analogues, and also does not solve some specific problems. So, what does Stream offer?
ZyXEL OMNI USB ADSL modem for $ 99 (connects via USB-port) and ZyXEL OMNI Ethernet ADSL for $ 149 (connects via network card). This is quite expensive, because a regular USB ADSL modem costs about $ 50, and an Ethernet ADSL modem costs $ 60- $ 70. That is, prices are roughly doubled. In addition, if you intend to connect to the Internet not one computer, but two or more, then it makes sense to buy not just an ADSL modem, but an ADSL modem with a router, and Stream does not offer it at all.
However, in fairness, it must be said that when you purchase a modem from a stream of dealers, the extra money is paid for a reason: you don’t have to mess around with setting up these modems, because they have a CD with a program that does almost everything. for you. That is, for example, if you purchased a ZyXEL OMNI USB modem from Stream dealers, you will need to insert the bundled CD, select “Install the OMNI ADSL USB driver” in the launched program, and after successful installation create a new network connection – “Connecting to the Internet – Establish a manual connection – Through a high-speed connection requesting a username and password” – and enter the appropriate username (such as ppp00xxxxxx @ mtu) and the password that you were given when you connected to the “Stream”.
Then everything is simple. After the computer is booted, the ADSL connection is established in about one and a half to two minutes (that the connection was successful, will be signaled by a special modem icon in the system tray), after which you start the created remote connection – and enjoy the Internet.
What to do if you purchased this USB-modem, and you have a second computer at home, which also needs to be connected to the Internet? In principle, this problem is completely solvable if the computers are connected by a normal local network (via a network hub or directly, which in the case of two computers does not matter), and if they have Windows XP installed. In this case, everything is done in two minutes. First, on the computer to which the modem is connected, launch the “Set home network or small office network” wizard. The wizard indicates that this computer has a direct connection to the Internet. After that, if there are several connections on the computer, the wizard needs to specify which connections are networked. And that’s all – the master will set everything up independently.
Then on the second computer, run the same wizard and tell him that this computer connects to the Internet through another computer on the local network. And everything – the second computer through the network will see the corresponding remote connection, to which it is provided, and through it will go to the Network.
This connection option has only one drawback: if the computer to which the modem is connected is not turned on, or it is not connected to the Stream, the second computer cannot access the Internet.
The Ethernet version of the ADSL modem for two computers is connected in almost the same way, only on the computer where the modem is installed, you need to have two network cards: one for the modem and the other for the local network.
If for some reason you want your home computers to be able to access the Internet independently of each other, then you need to purchase not just an ADSL modem, but a modem with a router and several UTP ports. Stream does not offer such, but there are several variants of such devices on the market. For example, D-Link DSL-504G. This is an ADSL router and at the same time a four-port hub. It can be used as an ADSL modem for connecting one computer and as an ADSL router, which allows up to four computers to be connected to the Stream at the same time and completely independently of each other. The average price for this device in Moscow is $ 75- $ 80. Configuring it is somewhat more complicated than the modems recommended by Stream, but in reality there is nothing nightmarish about it, especially with instructions. I bought just such a device for connecting two home computers, set it up and am now ready to share the experience with those who want to install something similar in their homes.