Let us know how it turns out
My first impression of your local network may be incorrect. It was my assumption that you are running the DSL modem and WRV54g router back-to-back. In this configuration, the modem is wired to the router, and the router distributes the internet connection to all local computers.
HOWEVER, “fancy” DSL modems are integrated with a wireless router. This permits the WRV54g router to be used as an Access Point. Does this explain the GeekSquad involvement? If we go this route, then it is a matter to precisely spell the SSID, use the matching channel, use the matching encryption; and configure the WRV54G as a “bridge”. Further down the list of settings comes mode, usually mixed or both.
Your wireless laptop can identify the SSIDs being broadcast in your neighborhood. If I recall correctly, AT&T does not choose an obvious SSID.
The SSID has exactly nothing to do with it.. I named it myself right after I reset it, Michael Wireless. I put a WPA Shared Key encryption on it so that probably shouldn't matter because I can't access the internet to the router that is using ethernet, which you don't have a password through via ethernet.
Oh, and yes, my modem is hooked up to my WRV54G router through an ethernet connection, through there the wireless is sent out and the ethernet is split into 4 ethernet spots.
what happened when you plugged the modem directly into your laptop?
ok, sorry to bring this topic back up.... But I still can't get my router to work. I have tried hooking my modem up directly... Thats what I'm using right now. My modem seems fine. If you can see from a different topic I made... I purchased a new router, but my computers can't sense it, at least with these, they say connected.
Also, I know my modem doesn't really have to do with much but... How you get into the settings WOULD be 126.96.36.199. If I try to type that address it just says 401 FORBIDDEN, you do not have permission to view this.
401 Forbidden - 188.8.131.52 is a Gateway; try the IP address for the port or what ever it is called by the utility program that gave up the Gateway.
User Guide for the wrv54g has some trouble clearing for the '401 Forbidden' symptom. I do not think it applies.
The wrv54g also has the MAC Cloning ability. Clone the MAC of the PC that was used to directly connect to the DSL modem.
And in final desperation, re-flash the firmware for the wrv54g router.
For the PPPoE setting, was User / Password required by the provider?
Any different results if DHCP is chosen at that point? Stay with MAC cloning if doing the experiment with DHCP.
After this, I am out of ideas.
GUYS! Please don't even bother on this subject. I know that I was saying I had problems but... I reset it and typed in all the settings, it works now, its fine. Thanks for the help though.