CD-R King's ADSL Kit

At PhP 880, CD-R King’s ADSL kit is the cheapest modem/wifi router you can find in any store right now. Problem is, it won’t work out of the box for most people.

This post will explain how I replaced my PLDT DSL modem + D-Link wifi router setup with this unbelievably cheap device.


Overview

As mentioned in my original post on the device, CD-R King’s ADSL kit is actually a ZyXEL P-660HW-61 modem/wifi router. It is a bit outdated, leaving me to believe that CD-R King was able to get a hold of a large surplus of this device from Telefonica’s Chinese contractor at a dirt-cheap price.

The problem with this device is that people might think it’s a wifi router. It’s not… well technically. It doesn’t have an ethernet port at the back for connecting to another router, instead it has a phone jack for DSL.

That’s right, it’s primarily a modem. The 4-port router and 802.11g wifi was just added to make this an all-in-one package. People buying this modem thinking it is a router are going to be pissed.

On the other hand, people buying this modem thinking it would work out of the box with their DSL will be surprised to find out that it doesn’t. The default settings are for Telefonica, a Spanish ISP. I’ll be discussing below how to change the settings to work with PLDT myDSL.

Make the device work for PLDT myDSL

Before you can connect to the modem, you must set your computer’s IP address as static and use the modem as the default gateway. This can be done by going to the Control Panel -> Network Connections -> right click ethernet connection -> Properties / General Tab -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) -> Properties.

For Vista users, use Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> View network status and tasks -> Manage network connections -> right click ethernet connection -> Properties / General Tab -> select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) -> Properties.

IP 192.168.1.1, subnet mask 255.255.255.0, gateway 192.168.1.1

Follow the settings above. Connect the modem to your computer afterwards.

There are two things that prevent you from using the modem with your DSL connection. First is the WAN settings. To change this, go to http://192.168.1.1/. The password should be 1234.

Router settings

Go to Advanced Setup / WAN -> WAN Setup. Use the settings above if you’re in Metro Manila and are using the new IPDSLAM network. Provincial users might have to change their VCI to 35. If you’re still using the old PPPoE network, change the encapsulation to PPPoE and add your credentials.

If you’ve seen the settings for the ZyXEL modem provided by PLDT, you might find it weird that we’re using ENET ENCAP here instead of RFC 1483. I also personally find it weird–I don’t know why the latter doesn’t work with the P-660HW-61.

Anyway, we’re not done yet. Open your command prompt (PuTTy is fine too) and telnet to the modem via

telnet 192.168.1.1

Enter 1234 as password. Now let’s open the command interpreter mode.

Enter Menu Selection Number: 24

Enter Menu Selection Number: 8

ras> wan adsl opencmd adsl2+

This will now enable ADSL2+ in your modem.

Revert your network settings back to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and restart the modem. You should now be able to connect to the internet.

If you want to change your router’s settings, you can open 192.168.1.1 in your browser (no need for static IP address because you’ve already set the modem to “router” mode). The port forwarding settings are weird so I suggest you go to PortForward.com for more information.

There you go, a working modem/wifi router at a third (fourth? fifth?) of the cost.

Update: Globe users can try the settings at the post near the end of this link.

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  3. noel says:

    Hi, i have read this article that you have posted but still it didnt work.. I wonder if the steps i need to follow USING GLOBE Broadband will be the same? Please help me… Ill wait for your response…

  4. noel says:

    Hi, i have read this article that you have posted but still it didnt work.. I wonder if the steps i need to follow USING GLOBE Broadband will be the same? Please help me… Ill wait for your response…

  5. Bry says:

    Globe’s settings will probably be different. Assuming your original modem is Prolink H9200. you can check the settings by going to http://192.168.1.1/ , username: admin, password: “admin” (or “password”). If you can enter the configuration screens and the encapsulation is not PPPoE, you can just copy the settings to the ZyXEL router.

    If not, you’ll have to figure out the username and password of your account. These two links might help.

  6. Bry says:

    Globe’s settings will probably be different. Assuming your original modem is Prolink H9200. you can check the settings by going to http://192.168.1.1/ , username: admin, password: “admin” (or “password”). If you can enter the configuration screens and the encapsulation is not PPPoE, you can just copy the settings to the ZyXEL router.

    If not, you’ll have to figure out the username and password of your account. These two links might help.

  7. halo8888 says:

    Bry, the last command, “ras> wan adsl opencmd adsl+”, is it “adsl+” or “adsl2+”? I bought that same device with the same purpose as you to combine modem+router+wireless access. after putting in that last command and restarting the modem nothing happened. the dsl led did not lit up.

  8. halo8888 says:

    Bry, the last command, “ras> wan adsl opencmd adsl+”, is it “adsl+” or “adsl2+”? I bought that same device with the same purpose as you to combine modem+router+wireless access. after putting in that last command and restarting the modem nothing happened. the dsl led did not lit up.

  9. John says:

    You sir, are a gentleman, a genius, and a scholar.

    I just got this piece of hardware and spent a good three hours trying to translate the Spanish instructions with my aging grandfather. The results were ugly, to say the least.

    But, finally, I got it to work. All thanks to you.

    One question, though. Is it possible to activate the wifi in this thing?

  10. John says:

    You sir, are a gentleman, a genius, and a scholar.

    I just got this piece of hardware and spent a good three hours trying to translate the Spanish instructions with my aging grandfather. The results were ugly, to say the least.

    But, finally, I got it to work. All thanks to you.

    One question, though. Is it possible to activate the wifi in this thing?

  11. Bry says:

    @halo8888

    It should be wan adsl opencmd adsl2+. Thanks for pointing it out!

    If it isn’t working, you can try out wan adsl opencmd multimode or the other modes listed after entering wan adsl opencmd. Note that the modem takes around a minute before it can detect the dsl from your phone line.

  12. Bry says:

    @halo8888

    It should be wan adsl opencmd adsl2+. Thanks for pointing it out!

    If it isn’t working, you can try out wan adsl opencmd multimode or the other modes listed after entering wan adsl opencmd. Note that the modem takes around a minute before it can detect the dsl from your phone line.

  13. Bry says:

    @John

    AFAIK, the wifi should work out of the box, maybe with a little tweaking from the Advanced Settings – Wireless LAN – Wireless of http://192.168.1.1/. If the WLAN lights up, it should be a sign that the wifi is working.

    If you still can’t connect, another option is to restart both the router and your wifi device/computer. If that doesn’t work, you may have to upgrade your firmware.

  14. Bry says:

    @John

    AFAIK, the wifi should work out of the box, maybe with a little tweaking from the Advanced Settings – Wireless LAN – Wireless of http://192.168.1.1/. If the WLAN lights up, it should be a sign that the wifi is working.

    If you still can’t connect, another option is to restart both the router and your wifi device/computer. If that doesn’t work, you may have to upgrade your firmware.