Changing ISP network / router/modem questions

  daisy2bell 21 Oct 11
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I've finally gone and done it. I phoned up aol and requested my MAC code.

With my new ISP ( possibly ZEN ) if I keep my existing netgear router, can I keep my wireless connection settings the same i.e. network name, wep key etc.

If, on the other hand I get Zen's router which is pre configured, I would need to set up the wireless again. Could I still use the same network name and wep key, or would I have to chose new ones.

Thanks

  mgmcc 21 Oct 11
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I suspect the existing Netgear router provided by AOL will be customised for use with their service only.

You can give the new router any network name (SSID) you want, but should use WPA or WPA2 encryption, rather than WEP which is not particularly secure.

  daisy2bell 21 Oct 11

Thanks mgmcc, and sorry for the late reply. Surprise, I requested the MAC code on Wednesday evening, and it arrived in the post today.

I will probably go with a configured Zen router.

Thanks again

  rdave13 21 Oct 11

daisy2bell, if its a Netgear then log in to the router and check all the settings. I'd be surprised if locked to AOL. Still won't harm having a second router as standby.

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