The Actiontec GT784WN is a pretty nice DSL modem/wireless N router. For most of you, it will work right out of the box — even auto-detecting all your settings.
If you’re on Qwest/CenturyLink, not so much. In fact, they’ll try to tell you that the modem isn’t even compatible. That isn’t quite true — it is compatible, it simply isn’t supported, meaning their customer service has no training for this model. And that’s okay!
But you got your Actiontec and you want Internets. Well, we may be able to help you with that! I’m going to repeat some of the normal setup steps here. If you know what you’re doing, skip to #7.
- Just do like the Quick Start Guide says, plug it into the phone line, then into the wall, then wait for the DSL light to turn solid.
- Connect to it via the Ethernet cable and use your browser to head on over to http://192.168.0.1.
- Skip the Quick Setup and hit the Advanced Setup link. Now find WAN IP Settings on the left.
- Set the ISP Protocol to PPPoE.
- Under #3, enter your Qwest/CenturyLink username and password. (The username will be some kind of email address. I got these directly from Qwest when I signed up.)
- Mash Apply at the bottom of the screen.
- Now, find Broadband Settings on the left menu. It can be easy to pass up because it looks like a section heading more than a link.
- This part is a little tricky. It changes depending on region. If you used to be in the Qwest service area before CenturyLink merged with them, set VCI to 32. If you used to be Embarq, try VPI = 0, VCI = 32. If you used to be CenturyTel, try VPI = 0, VCI = 35.
UPDATE: When I originally posted this, it was for the Qwest service area. CenturyLink has merged with a lot of companies since then, and other smaller areas may have different connection settings. So these settings may not apply to you!
Your mileage may vary! And good luck.
(Thanks, commenter Curtis for the regional settings update.)
IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA: Commenter Just Joe has supplied the settings for your area. Go to the comment. Thanks, Just Joe.