The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber optics, wireless (for which there is a separate topic), satellite and broadband over powerlines (BPL).

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Dear All,

I would like to configure the connectivity on my home but I'm having some doubts and would like your help in order to configure the best way possible.

Modem:  TPLink (TD-W8901N)
Router: Linksys (WRT1900ACS)

Currently I have two different options to configure internet connectivity:

1- Allow the TPLink to connect using PPoE on PV2 and specify user and password on the Modem and connect the cable from the TPLink to the internet connection on the Router Linksys (WRT1900ACS), so using this way we will receive internal IP Address from the TPLink instead of the WAN IP on the Internet Connection in the Linksys router.

2- Set the TPLink as Bridge Connection and connect the cable to the Internet Port on WRT1900ACS and configure the Router to connect using the PPoE on the Linksys and just use the TPLink as bridge.

Can you help me to understand the best recommended configuration and some explanation why just to understand?

Also would like to know if there any required configuration on the TPLink like VCI or VPI or something specific to have better performanc from the ISP?

I'm currently having performance issue on the connectivity and wanted to undertand the best way to setup the connectivity.

Thanks in advance,
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This is a general question to show my ignorant side.  We have construction going on at my business and they need to widen the driveway.  There are wires that need to be re-located for this construction project and the general contractor notes that there is 1 T1 lines and several fiber lines.  The fiber lines, I know, are run by the local cable company to provide us with digital phones and broadband internet.  I am guessing that the T1 is for the PRI for my ShoreTel phone system.  Is it possible to service my phone system some other way via those fiber lines or is the T1 the only way that I will be able to function?
Why do some people recommend buying business VoIP from an ISP? What are the benefits to my company? What are the costs?
Hi everyone;

I'm encountering an issue with Outlook when sending emails after moving to a new office and install a new fiber broadband internet line (Sending through webmail or from phones is working).

With SSL encryption, port number 465 the outlook shows that the server does not support this type of encryption.

With TLS encryption, port number 587 the error is the connection to the server was interrupted.

Anyone encounter this issue before?

Any suggested solution is highly appreciable.

Thank you.

I am trying to implement a new network infrastructure.

Plan is to have an ASA 5508-X in our head office, and a number (starting with 4) ASA 5506-X devices in our small branch offices. Plan is to have the branch offices route all traffic via a VPN to the head office, so the 5506s just need to connect to a ISP, bring up a VPN tunnel, and maybe have a DCHP server or relay.  No filtering or examination of any traffic will occur on the branch office devices, this will all happen at head office. Also, the head office device wil be managed by an vFMC console, while I plan to just use the inbuilt GUI for the branch office devices. Since this is such a simple config, and the branch offices could cope with being down for a week, I did not order support for these devices.   Possibly a mistake. :(

All devices are running FTD, the latest.

Anyway, the issue I have is that I cannot get the ASA 5506-X devices to connect to an ISP. A couple of sites have ADSL connections with PPPoE. It looks like the ASA 5506-X does not have any sort of dialer, so it cannot be configured to authenticate. Seems a pretty basic feature to be missing, usually I would have just set the ADSL modem/router up to just be a modem, and used the firewall to authenticate.

Next attempt was to set up "Half bridge mode", (AKA RFC1483) on the ADSL modem, and let it authenticate an just give the ASA 5506-X the static IP via DHCP. I set up a modem to do this, plugged in a laptop, and it worked as …
I have two locations with almost duplicate setups.  
Location 1:  On a network run by a PDC.  The ISP is a cable company.   The one office in this location has 3 computers all connected to the network via a Netgear 5 port switch.  But also connected to this switch is a DSL connection via a dsl modem line to a preset location..  When the users need to connect to this dsl line they just click on the shortcut created on their desktop that directs them to the preset IP address.   All other communication for everything else goes through the regular PDC/cable network.  Using DHCP and automatically sees PDC as DNS provider.  Works great.

Location 2;  On a network but run just by a router, not a PDC,  through the local Cable company.  Two computers connected via an identical 5 port Netgear switch as in the location 1.  They have the the exact same dsl line via the same dsl modem connecting to the same IP address as in location 1.  The problem is that you can only connect to one or the other in location 2.  If you want to connect to the dsl location via the dsl modem, you have to disconnect the cable from the router from cable company at the Netgear switch.   Or if you want to  use cable you need to disconnect dsl modem from switch.  Also running DHCP and DNS being provided by either the DSL or cable depending on which you are using.  

What would cause one to work and the almost identical one won't?
We have Verizon FIOS triple play.  They supplied an actiontech modem router.  

The contract is ending and we are moving to Comcast internet only service.  Verizon wants just the TV boxes back - says I can keep the actiontech.

can we just plug in the coax from comcast into the actiontech and it'll work?  or is it set up / proprietary for Verizon service only?  (right now the actiontech is fed from the Verizon optical box with a cat 5 on the WAN port, but it has a coax connector also.)

Again, we're looking to use this for just the internet only service

I need a list of LTE Modems (NOT ROUTER COMBO) that will work with Verizon, comes with Antennas needed to pick up the LTE Network to distributing to an existing switch.

Hello Everyone!

We had some security cameras installed and the installer asked me to open port 8000 for the dvr.  We have a Sonicwall 1260 Pro and I followed the instructions for port forwarding.  I created the service for both TCP/UDP, port 8000 and then created the group.  I used the public server wizard to allow public access to the camera ip.  After everything was complete I used the site,, to check if port 8000 was open.  Unfortunately, the port is still closed.  I'm stuck figuring what I could be doing wrong.  We do have 2 static ips for the site.  The other ip is used for the fax machine line.  i don't know if this could cause the problem.  Any help is appreciated.

Router: SonicWall 1260 Pro
ISP: Cox
Camera IP:
Port: 8000
I am trying to connect to a VPN using a Virgin Media and each time I try it states an error message. I was wondering if there is an settings within the router that need to be enabled/disabled? I would be grateful with any ideas. Thanks
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Whoa, whoa, whoa... Apparently in West Virginia, being a State Senator is a part time job. Which means that a State Senator likely has to work a normal, private-sector job. A job for a company that might have a strong opinion about a particular vote. A company that then might fire the State Senator after they voted in a way the company didn't like... Uh... Conflict of interest much?

What do you think? Is this system broken? How would you fix this?
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I don't have a problem with being in the $65 to $100K range. I do have a problem with paying a pension.  How many businesses have that anymore?  It's a lot for the tax payers to be on the hook for that kind of money (In Illinois).
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There's very few employers that would allow someone to be gone for six months of the year and only work half time the other six months, which is the normal time demands of a Minnesota state legislator, so I’m having a hard time imagining what these part-time legislators would do for a career.     When I was in the Army National Guard employers didn't even care for me being gone one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

At those salaries I'm surprised we don't hear more stories about bribery, corruption, and employer conflict of interest.

As a side note when Jesse 'The Body' Ventura was governor he frequently refereed pro wrestling matches.  No conflict of interest there as I don't think it would affect the state if 'Bruno the Midnight Stalker' or 'The Bushwackers' won.   I still think it would have been great if he hired Axe and Slash as his state budget directors.
and since a lighting strike on the telegraph pole, it must have cleaned the copper wires, because broadband speed has risen.....and the IP Profile of the line has changed from 4MB to 7MB!
There have been vendors accesses via Rdp & Teamviewer with internal staffs help :
staff use a broadband (Guest network & 4G) to connect their laptop to & their LAN
to the corporate network.

How can I thoroughly trace these down & block them?

Certainly they'll need sort of accounts to login, right?
Hi,  I have sonicwall routers at all locations.  We recently upgraded our coaxial broadband connections and since then we can't send any file larger that 5-8mb without it adversely affecting all our office's VPN connections.  They will all drop almost simultaneously.  We went thru a similar issue a few months back and found that one of the cable modems was sending mal-formed packets back to the core router which in turn destabilized all other VPN connections.  Once we made the change on that modem all VPN's were back to normal.  This time, however, it is not working... Anyone have any ideas on how to address as I'm getting no support from TWC or Spectrum at this point.  Thanks, Chris
Our customer has regular eircom (Irish Telco)  broadband in his residential house which comes with its own wireless router.

He wants to have wireless broadband in old farm yard out houses and sheds that surround his house. He already has live Ethernet cable & broadband in these out-houses.

He wants to know what is a high quality solution so that he can connect 3 or 4 central wireless access points around the various outhouses and sheds, so that he has also a Wireless/Wi-Fi solution which provides the strongest signal, and will hand off the signal from one to the other, so that he doesn't  lose his laptop connection as he moves through zones.

A high quality solution, where each AP doesn’t interfere with the next, and provides the strongest possible solution, and can hand off the signal to the next.

Thank you
Does anyone have a working config for this?
I have a remote client (8 hours away) that is switching from DHCP to PPPOE on its WAN.
They have a SonicWall SOHO (only two interfaces) and I need to find a way to test the new WAN interface without losing connectivity to the device.

I'm familiar with Cisco and I know you can do the "reboot in" command and not save the changes.

Does SonicWall SOHO have similar functionality?
I guess I should use a fake url and address below...

There is a website that most of our customers can access--just like any other website.  They can also do a successful tracert, which shows the address which is a static IP.  Occasionally I have been out of town and could not access it myself, such as at a public venue or a hotel, so I would solve the problem by connecting my laptop to my Verizon hotspot and all was well.

But today I went to help a customer who does not have that option.  They need it to work from their small office network--like everyone else.  They are using a Comcast business router, and by chance the host address is on Comcast as well.  I spent a long time on the phone with Comcast today, while at the customer site, trying to figure out why they cannot access the url, and the tracert fails as well.  When I connected my laptop to my Verizon hotspot, the tracert was successful, with the last line showing  But when I connected my laptop to their Comcast business router and do the tracert, it shows the same last few lines as it did when I was connected to Verizon--EXCEPT for that last line showing  Instead of that last line, it times out over and over again and finally quits with a General Failure.

What can cause this?  Where might the problem lie...the customer office, or where the host computer is, or something else?  Note that this only happens at very few offices (out of…
Comcast EDI is setup and working with Layer 3 IP and gateway but need access to usable IP Ranges for external printing routing to internal printers, tried one to one nat but didn't seem to work?  Comcast engineers weren't very helpful, so I need the experts help
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I have a Cisco WRVS4400N router.
Firmware is up to date.
Current test on all machines in my network hardwired is 26 mbps down and 5 up.
Wireless speeds are between 2-4 mbps down and 2-3 up.
I have checked off all setting from the ISP with setting the router channels to 1,6,11.
It seems to work hardwired the best at channel 1 with 26 mbps down and 5 up.
Unfortunately all my TVs are SMART but not smart enough. I get the wireless speeds of 2-4 mbps down and 2-3 up.
Obviously my laptop is choking as well. with that performance.
Can anyone tell me what settings are involved that might solve this problem.

Thank you.
I have 2 internet lines (VDSL).

The first one with a draytek 2860 router (with dual wan, vpn, vlan, load balancing capabilities). I want to use this line only for a business lan (with sql server and 2 http servers).

The second one uses a more plain ZTE speedport router. I want to use this line for creating a hotspot (with an ubiquity access point)

My problem is that i want to have access to the 2nd network from the 1st, so that i can manage it and apply settings.

Is there a way to achieve this?
we have a TZ-210 wireless that need to change a couple of things on.  

We are connected to a comcast business gateway device.  It has wireless and we use that as an outside wireless,  It is not setup to access the internal network.  When we setup a laptop of phone we use that for VPN testing and remote connectivity.  I have 2 issues.

1. I cannot connect to the management interface on the modem, it is the default  It keeps getting dropped in the firewall.  What rukes do I add to tallow this?
2. We cannot send email from our mobile devices when connected to the Comcast wireless.  I would expect it to be a rule as well, but I'm not sure what to add to make this work.

We want to keep the comcast wireless off the internal network. But we need to access the management interface, plus some of the users need to be able to send via exchange when using devices or phones and sending exchange email.

Hi Experts,

We currently have a Cisco ASA and a verizon router that is set up as a bridge.

We have a second Verizon Fios router with our second line, yes we pay for two.  We have a application that uses a lot of bandwidth that they want to dedicate on this line.

As I said we have a second Verizon Fios Router and a second Cisco ASA that I have configured with the same rules as the first but different ip address.

What I would like to do is bridge this router and I have no idea how to do this in the admin.  It's different than the first and Verizon isn't being very helpful.

Any idea how I can get this router to bridge or has anyone set this up?  The end result will be Verizon is a bridge plugged into internet and Cisco ASA, cisco asa is plugged into it's own dedicated switch and the only systems plugged into that switch will have their own static its with the gateway to the second cisco ASA.

We originally wanted a second network for this but that right now is beyond my expertise.

thank you,

Hello, I am starting up a small business in and I am having issues with setting up internet.  Currently I have TIme Warner Cable and a Netgear GS748Tv4 smart switch.  I plugged my a lan cable from my cable modem to the switch, but when I plug my three laptops to the switch, all show Unidentified Network, No Internet Access.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
So home Internet is out - wave communications. It's worked for a couple of years until today. I have an Arris TM822 modem. Link is solid orange / normal
Online is blinking green then goes dark then blinks more etc
US is solid orange
Do is solid orange
Power solid green

I've reset the device w reset button several time. No help.
I've reseated the coax no help.
The gal at wave says she can see the modem but can't get signal back.
It'll be a few days before a repair person can make it out.

My question: what are the most common causes for this kind of symptom? Any cable Internet repair folks on here? Even if I can't fix it I'd like to know what commonly has gone wrong.







The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber optics, wireless (for which there is a separate topic), satellite and broadband over powerlines (BPL).