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Hi everyone. I got my new BSNL connection today. I have heard a lot of woes from my friends using BSNL broadband about their erratic billing.

Here I am going to show you how to get good download speeds, and automate the process of restarting your modem at 2. Now you can sleep peacefully. Read on.

Tools :

  1. Windows XP Professional(Don’t ask me for download links :P)
  2. BSNL Modem. I guess it works with all Modems. I am using the Indian ITI modem DNA A211-1
  3. Bridged mode connection . I haven’t figured out a way to connect more than 2 computers in bridge mode. If you know how to do it, please Contact Me
  4. Notepad
  5. Freebyte’s Task Scheduler. You can use the Windows Task Scheduler too. I somewhat prefer using this application.

Creating a bridged connection.

  • Open a browser. type http://192.168.1.1
  • You will be presented with a dialog box. The default username and password is ‘admin’. Type that and proceed
  • You will now see your modem configuration page.

Pitfall 1 : If you cannot access this page. Try turning off your firewall unless you know how to add an exception

  • In the Modem Configuration page : Click on Advanced Setup, then on WAN.
  • In the WAN setup page, in the first row (horizontal), click on Edit button.
  • Next again. Don’t change anything.
  • Now in the ‘Connection Type’ page. Select Bridging . Next. Next. Save.
  • Now you will be diverted to the Modem’s main page. Click on Save/Reboot.
  • Wait for 2 minutes till your modem reboots. You are done with the first part.

Creating a dialer for the new bridged connection

  • Start –> Control Panel –> Network Connections
  • On the left hand side, select create a new Connection
  • Click on Next
  • Make sure Connect to the internet option is checked. Click Next.
  • Select ‘Set up my Connection manually’. Click Next.
  • Select Connect using a broadband connection that requires username and password and click next
  • Give some name to the connection. e.g., mybsnl (Remember this name. It is important)
  • Enter username and password. You would have got this username and password from BSNL.
  • Select Add a short cut to my desktop and click Finish.

Creating batch files

  • Open Notepad
  • Type “rasdial mybsnl(or whatever name you have given) userid password
  • Save as “dial.bat” in some location. Make sure you choose “All files” in the type field while saving. To save the trouble, type the file name with “ included.
  • In another document Type “rasdial mybsnl /disconnect”
  • Save as “disconnect.bat”

P S : You can double click on the dial.bat to connect to the internet when in bridged mode.

Scheduling

  • Voila You are done. Do not forget to keep this scheduler open. Do not Close it. Do not press the ‘X’ button. I am repeating this as this is important.
  • You can also go to Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> Systems Tools –> Scheduled tasks
  • Add a scheduled task similar to the one described above. One for disconnect at 2:00 AM, Connect at 2:05 AM and again Disconnect at 7:55 AM. If you wish you can also add a Connect routine at 8:01 AM

Use a download manager or torrent manager with scheduler. You can use flashget or uTorrent.

Sleep peacefully and enjoy automated downloads. If you have any doubts, you can leave a comment.

Hope you find it useful.

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