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In this brief article I will try to explain to you how to setup an ADSL connection at home using the Do-it-yourself kit. It's easy and will save you some bucks.

In this situation: I used the KPN MXStream-Basic version for Analog (PSTN) using Ethernet - the USB works in a similar fashion, with the exception that the wire form the ADSL modem to your PC is in fact an USB cable. The ISDN variant setup can be found here.

ADSL - MXStream


What do we need?

  1. The KPN Do-it-yourself kit
  2. Screwdrivers (a regular one and a Philips)
  3. Drilling machine (optional)

The Do-it-yourself kit has to be ordered from one of the provider that offer the KPN MXStream:

MXStream Do-It-Yourself kit

What can we find in the Do-it-yourself-kit?

Content Picture:

MXStream: content of the DIYkit
Alcatel brochure (get rid of it!)
KPN MXStream manual
Alcatel CD-ROM (not required!)
Modem powersupply
Screws etc. for mounting the splitter
Standard Network cable (UTP)
Modem cable
Alcatel Speed Touch Home modem

Personally I would have rather choose myself which modem I want to use, so I can use hardware from Ericsson, Zyxel and Fritz instead - but hey, it works OK.

Note: the cable I/J can also be black of color, with one of the cables having an old fashion Dutch phone jack. Some kits come with some tools to make your own cables - I did not find any use for it so far, but it's nice to have.

Which steps to follow?

  1. Locate the KPN main phone-wire

    Often, the phoneline enters your house near the power and gas lines:

    Incoming phone line (KPN)
    PSTN phone connector
    Incoming phoneline at my home ...

  2. Disconnect all phones!
    Remove the cable (B) form the old connector.

  3. Study this overview.
    Here I have drawn a layout of connections (each colored line will be explained below):

    Layout for connecting the PSTN MXStream cables
    Color Connection See
    Green Incoming phoneline (4)
    Orange Phone connection (5)
    Red Modem connection (6)
    Yellow Computer/Network (7)

  4. Connection 1 (GREEN): KPN main-wire to the splitter .

    Use the cable included in the kit (indicated on the content picture as I/J). Click the old phone connector of into the socket of the old analog line. Click the other side of this cable into the middle connector of the splitter.
    The splitter as used by MXStream ...

  5. Connection 2 (ORANGE): Connect the splitter to the phone(s).

    Use a similar cable as in connection 1 (content picture indicated as I/J) and click on of the connectors in the most right jack of the splitter (a phone icon is to be found there). Connect the other connector of the cable to your phone.

    Pickup the phone to see if it's working allright.

  6. Connection 3 (RED): Connecting the ADSL modem to the splitter.
    Now use the black cable (see: content picture indicated as cable L) to connect the modem to the splitter. Connect one end to the left most jack of the splitter and the other end into the right most jack on the back of the ADSL modem.

    Alcatel Speed Touch home as deliverd by KPN MXStream
    On/Off switch
    Network (UTP)
    Reset switch
    Splitter connector

    Note: for the analog kit there appears to be some alternative modem models. You could have one of these. They can be identified by an additional connector (although it's blocked) between connector B and C. This connector will NOT be used.

  7. Connection 4 (YELLOW): Connect modem to computer.
    Use the network-cable that came with the kit (indicated in the content picture as cable K) to connect the modem to your computer. Connect the cable to connector C of the modem (see picture above) and the UTP network-card connector of your PC.

    Note: Even if you plan to use several other computer as well, TEST YOUR CONNECTION WITH 1 COMPUTER FIRST!

  8. Connect powersupply to the modem.
    First make sure the modem is switched OFF (switch A). Now connect the powersupply to connector B of the modem and put the powersupply in the power-outlet

  9. First start ... Is it working alright?
    We are about to check the connection between ADSL and your computer.
    Switch the modem ON. A red LED will start to glow/blink, eventually it will turn orange and finally green. Next to this LED an additional green LED will start to glow.
    If this is OK the your connection to KPN ADSL is OK.

    Now boot your PC. As soon as Windows is up and running, you will see a green light on the back of the modem: your network-connection is working OK too.


You're now ready to start to setup your Internet connection over ADSL. The required setup is very specific for your ISP, so please consult their guide for details. Also: you might consider the Alcatal Hack. and take a look at the meaning of the indicators on the modem, they help you solve problems (sometimes).



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