Enabling auto connect and wifi on bsnl routers

In Pune, India for a vacation.

Switched to boradband from dial-up and was trying to work around the router BSNL provides with the connection. It says it supports wifi, and it does so decently.

BSNL engineer usually will create a dialer on your machine and charge you Rs. 600 to enable auto connect and "multi user" support. Multi user is nothing but allowing multiple machines (wired or wifi) to connect simultaneously to the router. Since it is dialer-based only 1 machine can dial and access Internet.

Enabling all this is like eating Goober Pie in Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in DC (BTW, its amazing and a must try!). In short, very few changes are needed from the factory settings. Follow this to enable auto-connect and wifi on any of your BSNL dsl modem cum routers. Mine is DNA-A211-I.

1. Go to the default getway, most likely If you are unable to get to it, feel free to reset the router to the factory setting by a small button at the back of the router.

2. Login using admin/admin, unless you have changed it. (You should!)

3. Go to "Advanced Setup" -> "WAN". Click on the "edit" button on the entry with values 0/35 for VPI/VCI and PPPoE for Protocol.

4. Select service category "UBR without PCR". Click next.

5. Select "PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE)" and Encapsulation Mode as "LLC/SNAP-BRIDGING". Click next.

6. Type username and password for your BSNL connection, "dataone" as service name and "AUTO" as Authentication Method. Check "Dial on Demand" and set 30 minutes (or whatever) as timeout. Check "Retry PPP password on authentication error" and "Bridge PPPoE Frames Between WAN and Local Ports (Default Enabled)". Click next.

7. Check "Enable WAN service". Click next, save and save/reboot.

The router should come up and have wifi enabled without having to provide BSNL password, ever.

4 comments so far.

  1. jyothi 9:23 AM, December 28, 2012
    Nice blog
  2. MARY SEMIZ 1:07 PM, March 20, 2014
    Awesome I love a man with a mind♥
  3. MARY SEMIZ 1:10 PM, March 20, 2014
    Thank you very much Rohit Rana;)
  4. Tung Nguyen 10:10 AM, September 05, 2015

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