On this page...
On this page I'll
introduce you to the SMC
7404 (W)BR(A/B) ADSL-routers ...
Besides a little reviewing, I'll also show you how to configure
it and how to fine tune it a bit ...
Note: This is the first review and
configure page where I give a score to the router. Keep in mind
that as time progresses, possibilities will change as well. So
relate the score to the date!
Note: For those living in the Netherlands.
I have seen this router for as low as 219 Euro's at Korving.nl -
you can also call 076-5719298 for ordering info.
Besides the very comfortable pricing, it's a very easy
router to get installed. Between receiving the box and having it all
up and running, took me about 5 minutes. Great!
This was a new experience for me. I haven't seen such an easy installation
Besides connecting the usual cable set, it was just
a matter of following the "wizard" step-by-step.
For Dutch users, some extra compliments to SMC: they included two separate
documents for quick configuration for ADSL by KPN and by BBNed.
A tip for other manufacturers out there, this is the way it should be!
The built-in DHCP and standard settings enabled Internet
access in no-time.
Wireless LAN worked instantly with my D-Link
PCMCIA card, on my laptop I only needed to set the proper SSID (networkname).
The range of the SMC is even better than what I'm used to from my D-Link 713P.
Another great surprise: MSN Messenger
worked properly. In this case I'm happy to say that it DOES
support MSN Voice and Video in it's standard config.
In a nutshell: Not much left to wish with
With a new firmware (0.24) release (boy! These guys
are quick!) some con's are eliminated;
- NAT can be switched OFF
- MAC address cloning has been added
- AutoReconnect after power loss has been added
- ALWAYS ON has been added
- Improved support for DSLAM's by Alcatel and Cisco
||(firmware version: 0.24)
||Total score: 9 -
Test date: June 13th, 2003
||Built in DSL modem. Two models available, one for POTS (analog)
and one for ISDN. The ISDN version even works with the KPN connection
Very complete router, with built in WiFi, Printer server, DHCP,
NAT, Firewall, ADSL modem, etc. Very easy to configure. A must
for ADSL users.
·All in one device.
·Easy to configure.
·supports MSN video/voice.
·Firmware updates (see SMC).
·"ALWAYS ON" support, MAC address cloning, real Firewall.
·11 Mbps for WiFi is a bit outdated.
·No Telnet interface.
·Commando's in the web interface can sometimes trigger download managers.
||The router functionality is very complete, includes NAT and a real
Naturally, features like DNS and DHCP are in place as well.
Suitable for MSN Video and Voice!
4 ports, 10/100 Mbps network connection.
||This router comes with a built in printer server. This allows you
to share a printer over the network (connect the printer to the parallel
port of the router) without the need of having a PC running to handle
||WiFi on this router is a 11 Mbps 802.11b, compatible with most
WiFi hardware out there, supporting 64
bit and 128
WEP and MAC address filtering.
11 Mbps is not quite on-par with the current state of technology, but more
than sufficient for Internet access.
What's in the box?
Always fun to take a peek in the box, so what's in
Naturally; the router itself
Mine came with firmware version 0.22 -
which wasn't available for download at the time of testing ....
In my case, I got the ISDN version (WBRB). Most ADSL modems
seem to have issues with DSLAM's (the Tel Co connection) used
by for example KPN since they use old crap from Cisco and Nokia.
The DLSAM's used by BBNed
usually do not oppose a problem. This SMC model
works fine with both of them!
Two cables, both identical
(UTP) and can be used either for the ADSL connection or as a regular
Note that ADSL by KPN uses a smaller RJ-11 connector (6 pins,
as seen with POTS/Analog phones). SMC informed
me that the little RJ11 connector can be inserted into the larger
RJ-45 connector of the modem without any problems. Not a very
elegant way to do it, but it works.
Power supply ....
Also included, a CD Rom with the manual as
a PDF file, and two
dutch leaflets (in
full color) for KPN and BBNed settings. This might differ per
Connecting the Hardware
Besides the two leaflets, nothing unexpected in the
Note for the 7404WBRB (the ISDN version):
A little surprise was the fact that for my ADSL connection (KPN) I had
Hmmm,... SMC informed
me that I can insert the RJ-11 into the RJ-45 without any problem ...
to my surprise, it does indeed work. This does not seem to be the case
with the POTS/Analog version, where a regular RJ-11 connector can be
Connectivity at the back of the SMC router:
|| 4 LAN connections - here
you connect your PC's and/or switch/hub.
||Printer port for the printer server.
Connect you printer here.
||Reset button - this reset's the router.
Holding it for 5 seconds or more, will reset the modem to factory
||Power supply - here we connect the power
||ADSL connection - The ADSL cable (directly
from the Tel Co or from after a splitter) comes here.
Connecting is pretty straight forward, as you can see
in the example below:
SMC 7404 WBRAB - Connected to the
rest of the world
Step 1: Connecting
If you are already using a modem (an Alcatel for example) unplug
it completely. Now take the ADSL connector and plug it into the SMC router.
Step 2: Start
with one PC
The best way to begin, is by connecting only one PC to the SMC
(just checking if everything works OK). Connect the network cable of
that PC to one of the 4 LAN ports.
Step 3: Configuring
the PC for DHCP use
Configure the TCP/IP network settings of you PC, so it will take DHCP. Visit
these pages to find out how: Windows
95/98/ME, Windows 2000/XP, Apple
Macintosh OS 7/8 and Apple Macintosh
OS X. Linux users most likely do know how to enable DHCP
for their PC's.
Tip: In case you are using
a proxy, DISABLE it NOW!
Note: Users of Windows
95, 98 and ME: You should shutdown your PC now.
Step 4: [Optional] Connect
Connect the parallel cable of your printer to the SMC.
!! This is optional, you can always do it later if you want to !!
Step 5: Connect
Connect the supplied power supply to the SMC and the power outlet.
95, 98 and ME user:
Switch you PC ON again.
Several lights of your router will start blinking now:
||PWR - If
on, the power supply is OK and the router is ON.
||SYN - Indicates the
Blinking means that it's searching for an ADSL connection. If this light
is ON all the time, than this means that the ADSL connection is successful.
If this light is OFF, then either ADSL is not connected or you're experiencing
some other problem why there is no ADSL connection.
||DATA - Blinking means
data transfer over the ADSL connection.
||WLAN - This light indicates
data transfer for Wireless LAN. Only data transfer! So it does not
show you if anyone is connected!
||1 to 4 -
These lights indicate that a PC or other network device has been
connected to that particular port. Blinking means active data transfer,
and OFF means nothing connected (or wrong cable used).
If you followed the steps above, then first the PWR will
light up, quickly followed by the LAN port
light on which you connected your PC.
The light SYN will, if you connected
ADSL properly, first start blinking and after a short will stay ON.
If this is NOT the case: check the connections and
the cables you used.
Configuring for the first
Configuration of the router, as displayed below, is
focusing on MXStream (ADSL provider by KPN). BBNed users (also Dutch)
will see a reference in the text to BBNed specific settings.
DIALUP ADAPTER ISSUES
If you already had an (A)DSL modem installed that uses
a dialup adapter, then please remove it to avoid confusion!
You can optionally disable this dialup connection,
however, we do recommend REMOVING the dialup connection(s).
Use Internet Explorer to disable the dialup connections.
Go to TOOLS -> INTERNET
OPTIONS -> CONNECTIONS. Check the option "Never
dial a connection" and click "OK".
DOWNLOAD MANAGER ISSUES
Before we continue a tip: Disable all download managers
(like FlashGet, GetRight, etc).
Commands executed on the router use the EXE extension,
which triggers download managers.
In my situation, I had FlashGet running. Showing this
popup each time an EXE has to be executed. In case this happens to you,
either fully disable the download manager or click "Cancel"
in the popup.
SMC7404WBRAB - Download manager
likes to download the router command
OK, so now we can continue ...
Let's first check if DHCP did what it is supposed to
do. Your PC should have gotten an IP-Address in the 192.168.2.100 ... 192.168.2.199 range.
On Windows PC's you can open a DOS box and type the command IPCONFIG,
which will show your assigned IP-address.
If this is NOT the case, then please
REBOOT your PC.
Step 1: Open the
Start a web browser, for example Internet Explorer, Opera or Netscape. Type
in the address-field of the browser, this address: http://192.168.2.1 and
SMC7404WBRAB - Open the web interface
The SMC web interface will now open and show the login
SMC7404WBRAB - Login screen
Step 2: Log in
Click the "LOGIN" button.
There is no password by default, so you do not need to enter one.
Step 3: Go to "Setup
For all KPN/MXStream users; Click "Setup Wizard" in
the newly opened screen:
Note: BBNed will
do NO SUCH THING.
See the BBNed
specific setting at the bottom of this page.
SMC7404WBRAB - Setup Wizard
Step 4: Time settings
The SMC router would now like you to do some time settings. Optionally
you can skip this!
SMC7404WBRAB - Time Settings
First set your time-zone at the "Set
Time Zone" field. Residents of Holland, Germany, and
Belgium choose "(GMT+01:00)
You can enable daylight saving, if you want to. Check
the field "Enable
Daylight Savings". For Europeans; set "Start
Daylight Savings Time" to "March", "30".
Do the same with "End
Daylight Savings Time", using "October" and "26".
This is not 100% accurate, as usually, the last weekend of March and October
is being used for this ...
You can also use an NTP
server. An NTP server is basically an Internet service allowing
to keep your clock in sync with some kind of atomic clock.
Check the option "Enable Automatic Time Server Maintenance".
For Europeans: choose for "Primary Server" the server "18.104.22.168-Europe",
and for "Secondary Server" the server "22.214.171.124-Europe".
These values can be selected from the dropdownlist.
Now click "Next" (lower
Step 5: (A)DSL
On the page "Internet
Sharing" (not entirely the right choice of words) we need
to set the type of connection.
Mode, for multiple PCs)" and click "Next" (lower
SMC7404WBRAB - Set connection type
Step 6: Internet
Provider (ISP) data
On this page we need to enter the login data we got from our Internet Provider
SMC7404WBRAB - Login and ISP data
need to be entered here
Enter "Username" (some provider require an "@...."
text!) and "Password" (twice).
Enter the primary DNS server's IP-addres.
Check with the documentation you received from your ISP or take a look
at our DNS List.
The VPI/VCI for all KPN
based connections (in the Netherlands) is: 8 / 48 (as
Note: Belgian providers often use: 8 /
Step 7: Settings
The SMC now shows you an overview of settings, which could look as such:
SMC7404WBRAB - Settings overview
The router will now reboot. The SYN light
will blink briefly and then remains ON - you're online now.
Before do our first Test-Drive, we want to check the
Again use a browser and visit http://192.168.2.1 (if
you have closed the browser) and login again by clicking the "LOGIN" button.
Now we select the option "Advanced
In the navigation bar (on the left) choose "STATUS".
A new screen appears showing your current status.
SMC7404WBRAB - Connection is OK
In case you DO NOT see this (ADSL:
CONNECTED), your connection is NOT OK. First
try what happens when clicking the "Connect" button!
First check if the SYN is ON.
If not: Check the ADSL cable!
Next check "WAN" - "ATM" (also
in the navigation bar on the left) and verify your ISP settings.
If all is well, then you can start surfing, visit a
nice website like for example http://www.weethet.nl :-)
Installing a printer
One of the cool features of the SMC 7404 WBRA
(or WBRB) is the built in printer server.
Note: you do not need
a special printer driver for this!
In the past, when you wanted to share a printer over
the network, this would involve sharing the printer on one PC. This PC
had to be ON, all the time otherwise printing from other PC's wouldn't
work. Now this problem is solved ... the sharing is done by the router
Connect the printer (parallel-port) to the router if
you haven't done so.
Note: Repeat the steps below on all involved PC's.
In Windows we will now add a new printer. Open "Control
Panel" - "Printers" and choose "Add
In certain situations we do find a specific icon for
this. In other situation you might not find one of these ... in that
case click in the printer-folder with the right mouse button and select
"Add Printer" from the popup menu:
Windows - Add a new printer for
The "Add Printer Wizard" will
now open. Click "Next".
In the window "Local or Network
Printer" select the option "Local printer
attached to this computer" and click "Next".
SMC7404 WBRAB - Select "LOCAL"
In the next window we must choose a printer port. We
will create a new port here! Check "Create
a new port" and select the type "Standard
TCP/IP Port". Click "Next" again.
Creating a new printer port for
And again, yet another wizard is being started, in
this case the "Add
standard TCP/IP Port Wizard". Click "Next".
In the next window you ONLY enter data into the "Printer
Name or IP Address" field. Enter the value 192.168.2.1 (the
IP-address of the SMC router).
Enter the IP-Address of the SMC
The second field, "Port Name",
will be completed automatically by Windows. Again, click "Next".
The next window, "Additional
Port Information Required", requires you to enter some
specific settings. Choose "Custom" and click "Settings...".
Check "LPR" and enter "LPT1"
at the "Queue
Check "LPR" and complete
Now click "OK". Click "Next".
A brief summary of the created port will be displayed now, click "Finish".
It takes a few seconds before you come to this window,
where you can select printer manufacturer and model;
Select the proper printer driver
Now windows could ask you to "Keep
existing driver", this happens when you already had a
printer of this brand/model on your PC. It's OK to keep the existing
one. Click "Next".
In the next window you can give the printer a specific
name. Windows already offers a suggestion. I usually complete this name
by adding "(network)", this way I can see later on
that this is a network printer. You can also check "Default
Printer", if you want this to be your default printer.
In the next window, Windows would like to know if you
want to share this printer. Check "Do
not share" -
the sharing is already being delt with by the SMC, so we do not need
Windows to share it again. Click "Next".
Finally, windows asks you if you would like to print
page. It is not required but I would do so anyway,... just
to make sure it works. Click "Next".
Windows now shows you an overview of the added printer.
Windows will now copy some files and start printing
the test page, if you checked "Print test page".
The printer is nw installed.
The SMC default settings are pretty OK, but we can
always do some fine-tuning.
Set a Password
A router without a password is basically not something
you want to have ....
Use the browser to go to http://192.168.2.1 and
click "LOGIN". Go to "Advanced
From the navigation bar on the left, choose "System" - "Password
Do not enter anything in the "Current
Password" - since there is no password by default.
At the fields "New Password" and "Re-Enter
Password for Verification" you can enter a new password - WRITE
Set a password to restrict
management access to the Barricade. If you want to manage the
Barricade from a remote location (outside of the local network),
you must also specify the IP address of the remote PC. You can
do this in the Firewall - Access Control menu.
So now, nobody will be able (almost) to change settings
in the router without the password.
Note: WRITE DOWN THE PASSWORD!
A password limits access to the router, but how about
those sick puppies out there that feel the need to hack into your network?
Note: real hackers do most likely not try to "attack"
your network. Usually only "wannabe's" try
to access a home network ... using other people's tricks,.. so they are
no real hackers.
To limit their access to your network, we can enable
the built in firewall of the SMC7404WBRA/B.
Again go to http://192.168.2.1, click "LOGIN" and
From the navigation on the left choose "Firewall".
On the right check "Enable",
and click "APPLY".
The firewall is up and running.
Wireless LAN settings
For details on protecting Wireless LAN, please read
In particular the part about
protecting your network.
For those of you that have somekind of server running
(for example Web or FTP), should consider enabling the "Always
(as of firmware 0.24).
Click "WAN" - "ATM" and enable "Always ON".
BBNed: First time configuration
THIS PART IS ONLY FOR
BBNed uses a slightly different configuration
compared to KPN. Follow these steps:
After login, select "Advanced
In the navigation bar on the left, choose "WAN".
Below "WAN" some options appear.
Now enter these values:
The router reboots. The SYN light will blink shortly
and the stay ON, you're online now. Please continue reading HERE.