Posts tagged “telecom”.

Internet Connection Speed Test

Belgacom Network

Belgacom Network Services

you may use these links to manage your Belgacom services:

Manage your internetaccount (temporarily connection)

Belgacom Web Install (modem drivers)


aDSL: the connection

Here is how a Belgian ADSL connection looks like:

this is the general schema starting with the telephone line

Use the ADSL-filter for each telephone connection !

Insert the filter between the telephone socket and the telephone, the fax or the answering machine (see picture 2 and 3 below).

Note that the telephone wiring uses RJ-11 connectors.

Check out the Belgian ADSL forum for information on ADSL providers.

RJ-11 Cable lay-out

RJ-11 Cable lay-out

The RJ-11 cable is used for your telephone connection. Very often, only two wires are used to connect you phone line.

 

Notice the difference between the RJ-11 here and the RJ-45, which is bigger.

RJ-11 connectors are used for your ADSL connection.

VPN Clients

Many enterprises deploy Virtual Private Networks (VPN). To connect your PC to their gateway, you must use a VPN client software. The Alcatel Secure VPN client and the NetScreen Remote VPN client software work fine with the Alcatel Speed Touch Home and with the Thomson SpeedTouch 510 . Keep in mind that you need to load Security Policies that match your network provider’s VPN gateways.

The NetScreen Remote VPN client software works fine with the US Robotics Broadband router (USR8000). The Alcatel Secure VPN client software, however does not work with the US Robotics Broadband router (USR8000) but will work with the Netgear Broadband router (here’s looking at you, Dave).

In the table below, you find the different combinations that have been tested successfully:

 

Single user environment
Belgacom SkyNet GO
Wanadoo eXtense 512k
Alcatel Speed Touch Home
Alcatel Speed Touch Home
Thomson SpeedTouch 510SpeedTouch 500 series

 

in Bridged mode
Enternet 300 PPPoE Client
EnterNet 300 PPPoE Windows Client OR
the native Windows XP Broadband PPPoE Client
NetScreen-Remote

 

Multi-user environment in France
Wanadoo eXtense 512k
Wanadoo eXtense 512kBelgacom SkyNet GO
Alcatel Speed Touch Home
Alcatel Speed Touch Home
upgraded to Pro version
Thomson SpeedTouch 510SpeedTouch 500 series
in NAPT mode

 

Router configured for
PPPoE,  DHCP and NAT.

 

Multi-user environment in Belgium
Belgacom SkyNet GO
edpnet
Belgacom SkyNet GO
Belgacom SkyNet GO
Belgacom SkyNet GO
Belgacom SkyNet GO
Alcatel Speed Touch Home
Alcatel Speed Touch Home

 

in NAPT mode
Netgear DG834v2
adsl modem/router

 

Netgear DG834v2  Firmware 4.01.04
Wi-Fi in WPA-AES mode
Philips ADSL modem/router Belgacom b-box
bbox Belgacom
Wi-Fi in WPA-AES mode
Philips ADSL modem/router PSTN Blue
Philips Multiservice ADSL modem router
Wi-Fi in WPA-TKIP mode
Broadband router (USR8000)
Router configured for
PPPoE,  DHCP and NAT.
Netgear WPN802v2
Netgear WPN802  Firmware 1.0.4.0
Wi-Fi in WPA2-AES mode
NetScreen-Remote
NetScreen Remote VPN client with Windows XP Professional

Philips ADSL modem/router PSTN Blue

Philips:
Philips Multiservice ADSL modem routerThe Philips ADSL modem/router PSTN Blue (as well as the PSTN Brown) is a multiservice router with a Wireless Access Point, offered by Belgacom.
The default adress of the Access Point is http://192.168.1.1 (factory setting).

works fine with Windows XP
this outdated router does not work well with Vista Home Premium and has limited security features
Below is a picture of how the admin interface looks:

Authentication: There’s a good chap!

Each provider makes its own choices for authentication. Protocols may vary as new ones become available on the market. Encryption technologies and Intranet security standards challenge (read conflict with) the authentication protocols. While in the earlier days, some providers used clear text logon scripts (like CompuServe) for PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) connections, today PAP (Password Authentication Protocol) and, better, CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol) is used. The smart ones will support all three types (for compatibility). Be aware chaps, that some providers may only support one protocol. That’s were trouble starts: your (favorite Point-to-Point Protocol) software must be able to support the chosen (read forced) authentication protocol. Advanced software will include options to select either of the protocols or even negotiate with the server. However, limitations may occur and even worse, some vendors do not even mention which protocol selection they embeded. It gets even more complex when tunneling is used or needed for security. Many providers used the EnterNet client (and so did the ‘TurboLine’ provider Belgacom). Note that the  MAC version did not offer a selection option between PAP or CHAP. Information about this MAC client setup is published on the EnterNet pages.
The Alcatel SpeedTouch Home works fine with the EnterNet MAC client. The RASPPPOE client is preferred for Windows 2000 (tested with the Belgacom TurboLine and SkyNet GO).
The Thomson SpeedTouch 510 works fine with the native Windows XP PPPOE client and the EnterNet 300 client (tested with Wanadoo eXtense 512k).
Many other configuration modes are possible.
Tips and Tricks published by D. Petri

 

 

EnterNet 300 support

EnterNet 300 support

To instal the PPPoE client EnterNet300 with an Alcatel ADSL modem, you may follow these steps:

  1. Save your TCP/IP configuration settings
  2. Disable your Anti-virus scanner software
  3. Unprotect the ‘System’ and ‘Programmes’ folders (untag the boxes in your General settings)
  4. Instal the EnterNet client software and reboot your system
  5. Create a TCP/IP configuration for your PPPoE client

Connection (Verbind) via ‘EnterNet’

Configure (Configureer) ‘via PPP-server’

DNS (Naamserver-adres) ‘1.2.3.4’

This setup should make your system happy.

Note that this client does not automatically setup the connection. The error ‘EnterNet is not configured to automatically make a connection.’ will pop up if you have not started the connection manually before accessing the Internet. It does support ‘idle time out’ to automatically disconnect. More information about the EnterNet client is published on the ‘ADSL’ pages.