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icroyall


 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:15 am    Post subject: Wireless router compatible with a Westell 6100 dsl router Reply with quote

I have an AT&T Westell 6100 dsl router and DSL service that is set-up on one PC. Is it possible for me to purchase a wirless router and connect it to the Westell in order to get wi-fi on my laptop? If so, what wireless router is compatible?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People often have problems setting up a Wireless router behind a DSL Modem, it takes a little time to do. The primary thing is the modem is a router as well, so it has to be changed to a bridged connection, then the wireless router must be setup with the PPPoE connection information that logs you into your DSL service, (example@att.net) then your password, this as well logs you into your modem, see link below for how to login and setup the modem. You as well need to use the same information for a static IP as it was in the Modem, and put it in the router i.e. IP address, subnet, in order to be able to connect.

To answer your question, any DSL compatible router should work.

 http://support.att.net/bellsouth/asp/conte...0f1b5ea065 

Your easiest solution as a home user is to ask AT&T to upgrade you to a wireless Modem with a built in router, depending on how long you have had the service, they should do it for free.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 18:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Wireless router compatible with a Westell 6100 dsl route Reply with quote

Buy a Westell 327W (combined DSL modem / Wireless router) on Ebay.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 22:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alternately, you could let the Westell continue to handle the PPPoE login, and configure the new router to get an IP from it with DHCP. Just make sure the new router's LAN side is using a different subnet from the Westell's LAN side. There's no real harm in being behind two layers of NAT.
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EasyE


 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 23:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To sum it up, you have 3 options:

1. Keep the Westell 6100 & buy any wireless router, but disable the router part in the Westell by setting it to bridge mode. The wireless router would handle all the PPPoE/DHCP stuff.

2. Keep the Westell 6100 & buy any wireless router, but disable the router part in the wireless router by disabling DHCP. You would be turning the router into a switch. The Westell would do all the PPPoE/DHCP stuff.

3. Buy a combo dsl modem/wireless router. You might want to research the model number just to make sure it works in your area.
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