Setup and Administration
For most of us, using a web interface may be preferable to using a command interpreter, and the G-2000 allows us to use either. Non-Windows users will rejoice at a consumer priced router with a command line interface. The rest of us will either enter information directly into the browser-based interface. With the web interface or the command line you can manually set up the ZyAIR, entering system name, WAN connection type, and enabling DHCP.
But if you prefer to use a setup wizard, ZyXEL provides its "Web Configurator". The Web Configurator makes configuring the ZyAIR a relatively straightforward process.
Figure 3: Web Configurator showing the first step of ZyAIR setup
After choosing a System Name, the wizard steps you through setting the G-2000's channel, ESSID and WEP encryption (more later). I like that the ZyAIR allows WEP keys to be entered in either ASCII or in hexadecimal notation, depending on your level of geekyness.
Figure 4: PPPoE is painless. The "Nailed-Up" connection works as a 'keep-alive'
The Configurator then guides you through setting up the WAN interface to your ISP (Figure 4). In my case I selected PPPoE (PPP over Ethernet) and entered the user ID and a password that has been supplied to me by the telephone company when they set up my DSL connection. I also selected the "Nailed-up Connection" check box, which performs the same function as the "keep alive" function found on other products.
Finally, the Configurator asks you to select how you want to get an IP, either manually or automatically. I chose to let my ISP supply both the IP address used by the WAN interface and the DNS servers to use for address lookups. I also left the MAC address spoofing untouched, though ZyXEL strongly recommends that you at least spoof the MAC address of the computer you are using to set up the access point. The MAC spoofing can be automatically done for you with by selecting the spoof MAC option.
Note that if you have previously set up the unit manually, the Configurator will display the values you entered previously.