While trying to connect my friends new laptop to my wifi modem, I encountered some strange error messages:

Connecting thru WAN Miniport (PPPOE)…
Error 651: The modem has reported an error.

“Error Connecting to Verizon Online…
Connecting through WAN Miniport (PPPOE)
Error 678: The remote computer did not respond…”

As usual searched the net to find an answer, But I found a variety of solutions. Amoungst which only one worked for me:

  • Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Internet Options
  • Under “Connections” tab, check the box, “Never dial a connection”,
  • Click “Apply” and then OK.
  • Done

Note that the above procedure is for windows 7 OS. It may deffer depending on your OS version.

Happy Browsing.. ;)