Add wired ports to DSL modem router and get gigabit subLAN

January 24, 2012 at 12:11:33
Specs: Windows 7 Ultilmate, 4GB M450 @ 2.4Ghz
Want help adding ports to my Fairpoint provided Westell 7500 Rev D DLS modem router which has only 4 RJ45 ports.
Bought a Linksys SE2500 gigabit smart switch but it doesn't assign IP or pass on router assigned IPs. Can't get help from Fairpoint [successor to Verizon] configuring router or any advice on other ways to get more wired devices on LAN.

For speed in backups I'd like 3 devices to be able to communicate at giabit speed Want to have an NAS and 2 Win7 Ultimate computers on smart switch, 3 other wired devices [WinXP, AT&T Cell tower, & DirectTV whole house SWM interface] and wireless on the router.

1. Are Fairpoint specs for DSL published so I could get another DSL modem router instead of the Westell or is it better to configure Westell as a router only and use a new to be acquired router with or without the existing or a new gigabit switch. I have a DI-624 from the pre-DSL Hughesnet satellite days.

2. Are there less smart switches which would work better and let router assign the IPs?

3. If this is too complex for me, can you recommend a remote access consultant to walk me through this for a fee?

4. I'm 82, have been in computing since 1960, mainly in on-line end user environment mbut don't know the bridging, PPP PPoE differences, and implementation or configuration details of current hard and software except as a user.

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January 24, 2012 at 12:52:01
why not just return the linksys smart switch and get a gigabit switch that isn't smart?

only problem you have is the switch isn't working as it should.
switchs don't do dhcp only routers/servers do that.

I don't like linksys because their equipment fails after the warranty period. I lost 8 routers within a month of each other.

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January 24, 2012 at 14:05:27
That seems like a good suggestion. I'll have to scan the net for gigabit switches and see if I can find their instruction manual on line and see if I can follow that. Do you have any specific recommendations?

I won't get any help from Fairpoint on hookup. I'm assuming I just run an RJ45 patch cable from one of the Westell ports to the switch's upside or WAN or however they label it port and then run the other devices through the switch.

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