Actually that will be a good test too, try it through the Airport first. If that connects your base is probably fine. If that doesn't work connect the cable modem directly to the computer via ethernet and make sure your ethernet is active in system prefs.
You do know that when you move the ethernet cable from the router to the modem if they only give you one IP address you may have to power cycle the modem for it to hand out an IP to a new device.
I'll be taking off around 4:15 today, but will try and check back in later, what time do you think you might be able to try? I'll be around a computer so I can check in.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Yeah, I today missed one of those buttons, too.
I had to get a new modem because the DNS servers I'd been using starting going wonkers, and I couldn't get into the router admin, forgot password, mistyped it or something. So, I had to get a new router, and the old one was ten years old anyway, a G.
Anyway, after I set it up ( after rebooting the modem ) I couldn't get a public IP address, so looked at the modem ( but apparently not close enough ) which looked like a Christmas tree with green lights, then re-checked a few settings and still no internet. Looked at the modem again.
Second look, I noticed this cheezy "Internet" button. Pressed that a few times and a light above it lit up green. Suppose I missed it the first time because it seems strange that it would be toggled - I don't get that. Anyway, I missed the "Internet" button.
After that, got the internet back. Nice having a new 300Mbps N modem. G is supposed to have a theoretical 54Mbsp max, so wasn't expecting a huge leap in speed, but I was stunned to instantly go from 7-8+Mbps to 20.95Mbps, boom, just like that.
Really enjoying nearly triple my old speed, just like that, plus modern features like autoscan ( scans and selects least saturated channel, automatically, instead of wonking around with that manually ). Multi-band, too, and a bunch of other modern stuff. I would have gone with a hackable Broadcom chipset router, but this cheapo $59 D-link did all the bread and butter stuff a superrouter is supposed to, so why bother?
Feel kind of embarassed to have missed a simple cheezy "Internet" button on the modem.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
If you do end up getting a new modem, you'll probably have to register it or whatever-you=call-it, or set it up, with your provider. I would guess they'd need to suck the MAC address or you would provide it, otherwise I don't get how they could tell a valid hookup from a poacher ( and perhaps your old/existing MAC address is in a file or cache somewhere ).
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