Setting up an TP-Link TD-8616 ADSL modem with TDC

I got tired of my zyxel P660R-D1 due to it rebooting once in while. I went looking for an replacement ADSL to ethernet box. The Zyxel is a full blown router, but why use that when I already have an Linksys E3000? Looking around I found the P-Link TD-8616 ADSL modem, which sells for around $25.

To set it up was very very very easy:

  • Plug it in.
  • Configure my laptop with at static ip of
  • Connecting the laptop and the TD-8616 back to back.
  • Browsing to
  • Altering the VCI/VPI to 0/101 to match TDC
  • Browsing the web interface of my E3000
  • Using the mac address clone feature, giving the E3000 the mac of the old zyxel router
  • Renew the lease of the E3000.
  • All done.

I’ll reserve my final judgement until I have seen the stability, but the setup was easy enough and until know it performs quite nicely with 40% of the power that the zyxel needed.


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