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DDogwood Aug 24th, 2005 11:05 AM

Sharing a Telus ADSL connection
Hello, I'm having a bit of trouble with my Telus high-speed connection. We recently bought a second iMac and an Airport Extreme base station. The wireless network was super easy to set up, but sharing the internet connection through the Airport Extreme has been a major pain.

Apparently I can't use PPPoE to share the Telus connection - if I register the base station's WAN address with Telus, the other computers say they can't see a PPPoE connection at all. I set everything else up according to the instructions. I called Telus for assistance, but naturally they said that they will not support any routers apart from their own (through their Wireless Networking package, which costs many $$ more than my current setup, and requires a long-term contract to avoid paying even more for the modem/router combo).

What I have managed to put together right now is to connect the base station to my ADSL modem through the LAN port (!!), and I have registered the MAC addresses of both computers with Telus (Telus allows 2 MAC addresses). I think this means I have the base station acting as a bridge instead of a router.

What I would like to do is to set up the base station as a router, so that we could connect our Windows laptop to the internet through the base station as well. How can I set this up without using PPPoE? Thanks in advance!

iPetie Aug 24th, 2005 11:24 AM

You need to set up the router to exercise your PPoE protocol. Your computers should only be talking to the base station. Not through the base station to Telus.

You are correct, you are set up as a bridge and not a router.

In your Airport manual you should see instructions to do this. Your computers should hook up to the base using only airport settings. You should be able to log into the base somehow and set the PPoE there.

DDogwood Aug 24th, 2005 11:31 AM

I tried setting up the base station to use PPPoE and distribute IP addresses as needed to computers on the network. I also set up the computers to connect to the internet through the network. When they tried to go online, they gave me the message "waiting for PPPoE connection...." but never connected. I set up the base station with the Airport Administration utility, using the settings in the Airport Extreme manual, but to no avail.

I saw a post on another message board stating that Telus does not support PPPoE, but no details.

iPetie Aug 24th, 2005 11:47 AM

From when I lived out West, I think you are correct about Telus and PPoE. I'll do some digging but have you tried setting up the base to connect using DHCP. Give it a try.

As I thought, just set up your airport extreme utility to TCP/IP and configure using DHCP. The DHCP will require no settings as telus will supply the addresses automatically. You will have to register the router as a computer. From that point set up your computers to access the router via Airport.
You will probably need to de-register both computers.

DDogwood Aug 25th, 2005 08:29 AM

Your suggestion worked like a charm. Thanks!

iPetie Aug 25th, 2005 08:57 AM


Originally Posted by DDogwood
Your suggestion worked like a charm. Thanks!


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