RDSL / Remote DSL How to set it up

RDSL

How to setup RDSL or "Remote DSL"

First of all you'll need a spare computer and a spare DSL line. These will need to be dedicated solely for your customer's use. This means you'll need a different computer and internet access for your personal use. Most cities have both DSL and cable modem service available, so get both.

You'll need to get your own DSL modem. The preferred models are the Motorola 2210 (approximately $80 USD) and the Actiontec GT701D (approximately $50 USD).

Some technical info:

When they install your DSL line, they create a name (email address) and password. This is stored in your DSL modem, and that's how it is granted access to the DSL line. This is knows as PPPoE. Later in this article I'll show you how to move the name and password to your computer, instead of on the modem. That way when you want to change the IP address, you simply run a script file that tells Windows to drop the connection, then dial it again. More on this later.

Here are the steps to setup the dedicated computer:

1. Install Teamviewer. It's free for personal use. After you install it send your client the Session ID and password.

2. Put the DSL modem in bridged mode. See the modem's user manual for instructions. Click on the links I have provided above to view the manuals.

3. Create a PPPoE network connection under Windows XP. Click here for instrucions. The first time you connect the PPPoE connection you have the option to create a desktop shortcut, and to save the password. Check both.

4. Create a batch file named "ChangeIP.cmd" on the desktop. This is what your client will use to rotate the IP addresses. Also copy this to the following folder: "C:\documents and settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\"

Here are the contents of the batch file:

rasdial networkname /DISCONNECT

netsh interface ip delete arpcache

PING 1.1.1.1 -n 1 -w 6000 > NUL

rasdial networkname emailaddress password

Definitions:

networkname - the name of the PPPoE connection. More is explained below

emailaddress - The email account created when they installed your DSL line

password - the password associated with the above email address

For example: If your DSL provider is AT&T they will create an email like "john_doe@sbcglobal.net" when you create the PPPoE connection as described below, you would name the network "ATT" or similar, and use john_doe@sbcglobal.net as the username and the proper password to connect.

You can advertise your services for free on various free sites. You can also do a Google search for "remote DSL" and find lots of people who are looking to rent your computer. Also you can shoot me an e-mail and I'll do my best to refer you some customers.

The Motorola 2210 is the most popular modem for RDSL.
The Motorola 2210 is the most popular modem for RDSL.
The Actiontec GT701D is the second most popular modem for remote DSL.
The Actiontec GT701D is the second most popular modem for remote DSL.

Tips

Here are a few pointers:

1. Most DSL providers will allow up to six phone lines and six DSL lines. If you want to setup additional lines, simply call them and tell them that you are renting out a room to someone, and the person want's to have their own line. Sometimes the operators don't know how to handle this, so just call back the next day and you'll get a different operator.

2. Don't call on the weekend because you'll get someone in India.

3. You don't need to get phone service for each additional line. When you call tell them you want to order "Dry Loop" service. That will save you $15+ per line each month.

4. Connect the modem directly to the PC with no router.

5. Make sure your computer is as clean as possible.  Just install Windows XP, the device drivers and Teamviewer, and NOTHING ELSE.  Your client will install everything he needs.  Nobody wants to rent a slow computer with games and viruses.


How to setup a PPPoE connection

Rotating the IP address

The reason people want to rent your DSL line is that it can provide lots of different IP addresses. Before you put it up for rent you'll need to test it to make sure you can change IP addresses smoothly.

Simply go to IP Chicken and it will display your current IP address. The run the "Change IP" script file on your desktop. Go back to your browser with IP chicken and press F5. It should show you a new IP address.

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