Friday, January 29, 2010

Quick and easy Verizon DSL installation

EDIT - This method probably will no longer work for you, Verizon started requiring that each DSL line be activated. Requiring that you go through the entire process of entering your order number and zip code, then going through several steps to complete the activation process. They claim because nobody reads the terms of service, which you are forced to at least view before closing that window and accepting the terms. Then you need to download an activation file to complete the activation, even if you uncheck all of the bloatware they try to get you to install. I will be making a new post about this shortly, and will provide the link to it here. Please tell Verizon that these steps are unnecessary and put a burden on small businesses that provide Verizon DSL service to their customers. HERE is the new post! 

[EDIT - this is for dynamic IP static IP settings are different, you should contact your DSL provider for those settings]

Forget about sitting at your PC for about 1/2 hour installing the whole bloatware software that comes with the DSL modem that just arrived in the mail. If your DSL due date is past, and the light is solid, meaning your modem is getting sync, you do not need to go thru all of those steps to get up and running.

First ensure that all of your phones are filtered, and make sure not to filter the modem.

Remember the first time you log into your modem at you will need to log in with user name: admin and with the password as: password The first time you try to do anything, it will want you to change this. For simplicity, I recommend user name: admin and password: admin this way you, or the next person that needs to log into the modem to make any changes will not have to go crazy attempting to determine what the password is.

now go to  (if .htm does not work try .html but every instance that i have come across is the .htm) now you will be on a web page that says RESTRICTED in red letters, and says not to make any changes on this page. Click the button that says DISABLE. If the button says enable, then do not click it, the redirect is already disabled.

[EDIT - 6-13-10: The following step has been confirmed that it is not required to change the user name and password for the DSL account once removing redirect from the modem]
The next step I am not sure if it is required, but something that I always do anyway. Since Verizon DSL is on open PPPoE, meaning that the user name and password is meaningless (but something still needs to be there) click network settings, then click DSL connections, then edit the user name from "newdsluser" (or whatever similar it says) to just about anything, and also change the password, I usually just enter abcd123 - remember the user name and password can be anything, it makes no difference.

The only down side to this is if you want to set up a user name for your Verizon.net  email account. I have not found a way how to accomplish this with out a call to the useless people over at 1-800-567-6789 (Verizon tech support) - every time I call I seem to get the same clueless Filipino  woman. I should get her name one day, so that I can post it here, but if you get her, don't bother, just ask to speak with someone else.

This is also a great method to installing DSL for "unsupported" operating systems such as Linux.

This works for PPPoE connections only, and not for static IP set ups. I recommend just calling the support number 1-800-567-6789 to get the static IP settings that you need to set up your system if you are using static IP

Once the modem is set up, if you plan on using a router, you will need to set it up on bridge mode. I will make a future post, or edit this one in the near future to explain how to set your router up in bridge mode, since I do not have DSL at home, and would prefer to have a modem in front of me so that I can detail each step by step instructions for you. [EDIT - 6-13-10: You do not need to use a router with a DSL modem, you can connect a switch instead, and do not need to make any changes to the modem as the modem will act as a DHCP server with the default modem settings]

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