MD1600: WAN Router Mode

If you’d like to use the MD1600 as a wireless router only and not a modem and router combination, you can use a DSL Modem, Cable modem or Fiber Optic modem to send its internet connection to the MD1600 via the WAN port.

On the back of the MD1600, near where the power cable connects, there is a small pinhole outlined in red that says Reset above it. You will want to use a pushpin or paperclip, something long and narrow, to hold down that Reset button for 3 seconds. This will set the MD1600 back to factory settings, meaning all prior configurations and settings will be erased.

Once the Power LED on the MD1600 has turned from Orange to Green, you will want to connect to the MD1600’s Configuration Manager. This can be done in two ways, if you have a laptop or a desktop computer with an ethernet port built in or an ethernet adapter, you can run an ethernet cable from that device to one of the yellow LAN ports (1-4) on the MD1600. Conversely, you can connect wirelessly from your laptop or tablet by connecting to the MD1600’s wireless network. The default network is listed on the bottom of the MD1600’s registration sticker, under Network name and Wireless password.

Once you connect to the MD1600 wired or wirelessly, you will want to open up your internet browser on your device, be it Safari, Edge, Chrome, Firefox etc. On the top portion of the browser window will be the address bar, that will have the https:// and www. information. You will want to highlight that address bar and erase all of the information in that line and then type, then press enter or Go. Please note this has to be typed in the address bar, not a search page, that will bring you multiple results rather than a direct page. If done correctly, this should bring you to a Welcome to Motorola page in blue.

The login credentials for this page is the word admin, all lower case, for the username and motorola, all lower case, for the password. Once logged in, select the Advanced button on the top right-hand side of the page.

On the left-hand side of the page, you should now see a submenu from here, select Advanced Setup.

Under Advanced Setup, select Layer 2 Interface and then select ETH Interface.

Click Add and pick WAN Port from the dropdown, then select Apply/Save.

On the left-hand menu again, select WAN Service. Then click Add, select WAN Port from the dropdown and click Next.

On the page titled WAN Service Configuration Page, select the WAN Service Type as IP Over Ethernet then click Next.

On the page titled WAN IP Settings, click Next.

On the page titled Network Address Translation Settings page, you’ll want to check off both Enable NAT and Enable Firewall, then click Next at the bottom of the page.

On the page titled Routing, click Next at the bottom of the page.

On the page titled DNS Server Configuration, click Next at the bottom of the page.

On the WAN Setup - Summary page, select Apply/Save.

You will now want to run an ethernet cable from the back of the device that is acting as your modem (Cable, DSL, Fiber) to the WAN port on the back of the MD1600. Then you will need to power cycle your device that is acting as a modem by powering it down, leaving it off for 30 seconds, then powering it back on and letting it connect to the internet. After the connection is made between the modem and the MD1600, allow up to two minutes for the internet to pass through. At this point the Online light (globe light) should be lit up on the front of the Motorola.

Your modem should now be sending its internet to your MD1600 via the WAN port, your wireless devices and wired devices connected to LAN 1-4 should be able to surf the internet.

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