Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Installing AT&T DSL without the Software

I got my new DSL router in the mail today. It comes with a CD that you supposedly need to get the service running. I've had bad experiences installing software from ISPs in the past so I decided to try to activate my service without the software.

At first I hoped that the software only worked on PCs and that there would be some non-software way to activate my service. No such luck. The CD had software for the Mac and the PC.

I then found this article that describes how to get going without the software. Essentially you just need to get to the right website and register for your foo@att.net account and then use that login and password to configure your modem.

To configure the modem you can simply connect it directly to your computer with the supplied ethernet cable and point your favorite browser to the IP address of the router.