How to install SBC/ATT Yahoo DSL without the install CD in 5 easy steps

I just moved to a new place in San Francisco and of course the first thing I wanted to have sorted after I unpacked was an internet connection. ATT requires you to install software to setup the connection and of course, only OS X and Windows are supported. The last time I ordered DSL I had access to a windows computer to do the setup but this time I had my linux box and nothing else. As the activation day approached I started to get worried about how I would set everything up. Would I have to beg someone to lend me their laptop and allow me to install some horrid software on it (something I wouldn’t want to do to my own computer)? Or maybe I could call tech support and they could register me over the phone. I could just imagine the situation: Me “Hey could I register over the phone because I’m running linux and can’t install the software?” Tech support “We don’t support linux, see ya.”.

Anyway, the night before I went over to Paul, Jessalyn and Wilson’s house to do some research. I printed off this page and went home to find out my connection had been activated early. Anyway the instructions weren’t perfect for me but they included all the information I needed to get things going. Here’s a revised version/what I did:

  • 1 Open up your web browser (I recommend not using Firefox as it seems to have problems with some of ATTs crappy forms) and type 192.168.0.1 to get to the modem config.
  • 2 Use the following temporary username and password to get a connection: username: “sbcyahooreg@sbcglobal.net” password “sbcyahooreg”.
  • 3 To get your own login, go to https://sbcreg.sbcglobal.net/ or support.sbcglobal.net/register and go through the signup process.
  • 4 Repeat step #1-2 with your new login details.
  • 5 Run a speed test over at www.BroadbandReports.com/ to be sure you’re getting all the speed you paid for.

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  1. links from TechnoratiWill Law – Blog » How to install SBC/ATT Yahoo DSL without the install CD in 5 easy stepsThis guy is my savior. It’s been a three week saga to get DSL working at home again after a billing snafu got it disconnected, just to be foiled by some idiot tech who insists I need the setup CD. I don’t need the CD, I just need my account set up, but he didn’t want to do

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  2. WHERE ARE THE UPDATES?!?!?!?!?! WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF THE DIM SUM!!?!?!??!?!?!

    Comment by HERNBERFERD — March 20, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  3. Done!

    Comment by williumbillium — March 20, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

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  6. You recommend not using Firefox, but you don’t say what browser (aside from that Microsoft thing) *will* work. I discovered that KDE’s Konqueror works well enough with the sign-up page to complete the process, at least up to the point where it creates the AT&T/Yahoo user account. If your operating system doesn’t have Konqueror installed, a Knoppix CD

    Comment by Joel — February 1, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  7. …will allow you to set up the DSL ‘modem’ and the PPPoE/mail server user account. Then reboot into your installed OS and enjoy broadband Internet access.

    Comment by Joel — February 1, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  8. Thanks for the great manual! It helped me to avoid installing junk on my computer just to activate the service.

    The only update is to access my modem configuration instead of http://192.168.0.1 I had to use http://192.168.1.254 how it was written on the back of the modem.

    Thanks again!!!

    P.S. To access both the modem configuration and https://sbcreg.sbcglobal.net I used browser Opera 9.23. No problem!

    Comment by Albert — March 6, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

  9. Sounds great. I ‘ll be trying it in the next week or so. ATT says Windows ME isn’t supported. Is it they do not support it or it doesn’t work with their DSL ? Also, in order to get to the https://sbcreg.sbcglobal.net site when you hookup to the internet, won’t it ask you for your login ID and password before it works.

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  11. @John, I’m guessing just the software doesn’t work on Windows ME, but I never used ME… To access https://sbcreg.sbcglobal.net you use the temporary username and password in step 2:

    Use the following temporary username and password to get a connection: username: “sbcyahooreg@sbcglobal.net” password “sbcyahooreg”.

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  15. Instructions worked after I rebooted the modem. Thanks!

    Comment by Rick — December 28, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

  16. no conosco mucho de la Red, quiero aprender si ustedes me lo permiten y me ayudan
    Grasias.

    Comment by Jose — March 29, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  17. There are other ways to do this as well. I know – I work for AT&T Internet Services.

    No, we don’t support Linux. No, we don’t support ME or 98 (neither does the rest of the world). But if ME or 98 is working, we’ll walk you through it. It’s pretty easy.

    As you noted, you can do it from where you are by accessing the modem or router. Older modems use the IP you noted of 192.168.0.1. Our newer ones (Motorola 2210, Westell F90, 2Wire router) use 192.168.1.254. You will use the ID of sbcyahooreg@sbcglobal.net and the password of sbcyahooreg. The newer modems are preprogrammed with the ID attreg@att.net and pw attreg already in them. These will connect as well.

    Open a browser (IE, Opera, Safari 3.0) and surf to a bunch of sites but the easiest is
    144.160.11.35/register
    and it will walk you through the registration. At the point it asks you to install software, decline and you’ll be ready to go. Log back into the modem, click on disconnect if it is NOT the 2wire, and correct the user ID and pw to the ones you just created. If you have a 2Wire, I suggest you unplug the phone cable for 2 minutes WHILE you correct the ID and pw, hit connect, THEN plug in the phone cord again.

    Once you have a green INTERNET light, you’re on and ready to go. But, you’ll still have a green light even if you type the ID (but not the domain) or the pw incorrectly. It will bring you to a page to reset your pw but it wants to install software.

    Good luck – it’s pretty easy now.

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