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Having 2WIRE 2701Hg-b connection drops? Read this tutorial!

Hello everyone, since I've never seen this answered on the Internet I decided to post my findings myself. I ve been able to configure the 2WIRE 2701HG-B Modem/Wireless Router to have a hig her connection retention rate. I reduced the frequent connection drops in all my household Internet electronics up to 95%. I hope this will do the same for you all. I ve heard and I have experienced as well that Macbook Pro s cause connection drops as well with this modem. I own a 13 inch Macbook Pro and it was giving problems until I did this. I also use a VoIP service, I have a cordless phone (not sure frequency) and I ha ve a television and an Xbox 360 and Wii. Please be sure to separate the router/m odem at least 10 feet from such devices that could cause interference. Please note, do this at your own risk. Go to »gateway.2wire.net Log In with your system password. At the top click Proceed to the Broadband Link Advanced Settings Tab make sure it s not on Automatic

Check out the DSL Line Selection

If it s on Automatic switch it to Line 2 (Outer Pair) and observe the DSL Modems light s. If they don t become green again after a short amount of time switch it to Line 1 (Inner Pair) ; you must click Save for each time you switch the line for it to tak e effect. If it remains green on Line 1 (Inner Pair) it was probably the connectio n problem. Automatic mode I believe has a tendency to switch from Line 1 to Line 2 resulting in a drop of your connection. Remember to save your configuration. Next after having done the above, proceed to the dvanced Settings Tab as well. I found that having NetBIOS Firewall section and go into the off yields better results. A

and Remote Management

Save the settings, a window will ask you to confirm your settings. I found that there is no need to have static IP addresses in the common househol d. So DHCP works fine with this configuration. Now for the Wireless Settings: Make sure your SSID Broadcast is enabled. My Wireless Channel is set to Channel "1 (2412MHz)" you may need to play around with the wireless channel if you experience wifi drops but your DSL remains conn ected to the ISP. Set Wireless Network Security to either "WPA-PSK" or "WPA2-PSK" and assign an en cryption key. Keep in mind no MAC filtering is required. On the Additional Settings make sure your Wireless Mode is set to 802.11b/g

DTIM Period (Seconds): Remains at 1 . Maximum Connection Rate: 54Mbps Power Setting: Unless your house or area is huge you can set this to a low numbe r like 4. The higher the number the farther your DSL Router broadcasts its signa l. Now for the advanced portion of this (recommended), if you want to see your 2Wir e s statistics and refresh your connection, continue on reading: Go to: »gateway.2wire.net/mdc Sign in with your system password.

Observe the left panel with the bold Broadband Link section. Click on Summary the Summary page opens displaying information about your DSL connec tion. Note the Reset buttons next to Broadband Link and ISP Connection . Clicking on IS Connection Reset will give you a DHCP Release on your modem but it shouldn t turn off any lights on your modem. The connection will re-adjust itself automatically . It s a good idea to recycle/reset the modem once in a while. The Broadband Link resets the entire modems connection along with the ISP Connectio n and makes all your devices connected to the network lose connectivity to the In ternet. Your connection will be re-established automatically after less than 3 5 minutes. In order to assure a healthy connection, I reset both of these and waited for th em to re-establish and then unplugged my router/modem for 5 minutes. Plugged it back in and it hasn t lost its connection. When the 2WIRE Modem loses its connecti on in the statistics page it ll show up as a DSL Link Retrain . You want to get 0 s on that section of the statistics since it means that your connection is 100% Healt hy. To check the Statistics under Broadband Link click Detailed Statistics . A page riddl ed with numbers appears. If you experience frequent connection drops, they will be logged under the Link Retrains section, observe how many you ve had since your la st reset. Now that your newly established connection was set, we can go ahead an d Reset the Statistics. Reset the statistics and observe how you will now get a bu nch of 0 s. The more 0 s you have the better. Close and re-open your web browser and surf the web. You are done! Enjoy your In ternet connection!