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Can't add two d-link routers to my westell

June 18, 2011 at 20:40:43
Specs: Windows 7

We are using a Westell 7500 wireless modem/router from Frontier without any problems. I have two d-link wireless n300 routers that I want to add to network so I can add them to our DirecTV DVR's. I have tried using the D-link CD and instructions without any success. Everytime it prompts me for my 1st router's (the Westell's) login/password, it says it's invalid. If I then click to continue w/o the logon and password, it then gives me an error when it is trying to add the d-link. I have tried everything. My Westell IP is 192.168.1.1. How can I access and add the d-link routers? Is there an easier way? Am I missing something obvious???

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#1
June 18, 2011 at 21:21:52

You need to set the D-link as always connected, not DSL or big pond....
You may need to change the Default address in Dlink to 192.168.1.100 for one router and .200 for the other.
You cannot have the same IP assigned to more than one device. Make sure the DNS settings in each start at the correct number.

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#2
June 18, 2011 at 22:00:37

I have them set as 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3 but they still don't show up.

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#3
June 19, 2011 at 07:04:16

It sounds like you have a computer attached to the Westell 192.168.1.1 router and are trying to access the other DLink routers attached to the westell's ports. If you are trying to access them through the WAN port, you'll have to disable the security settings and enable access through the WAN port. It's designed to keep traffic out and protect by default.

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#4
June 21, 2011 at 15:18:07

I really appreciate you both trying to help me but I must not be explaining it correctly. My Westell is a wireless router/modem. I have to D-link wireless routers that I want to add to our home network so I can connect our Directv DVO boxes to them via ethernet cable so I assume that would be "bridge. The Westell and the the D Link routers both have the capabilities to "find" eachother via push button method or I can enter the WEP number into the Westell. Neither of those methods have worked for me. I have also tried to simply select on Windows 7, "add device to my network" and that doesn't work either. My Westell's IP is 192.168.1.1 and the d-links defaults are set to 192.168.0.1 so I don't know how to access the setup for the D-link routers. As you can tell, I am not an IT expert!!! If anyone can tell me how to add the routers as bridges for my current WIRELESS router/modem and one they are added, what are the import things to change in the setup. Thank you soooo much.

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#5
June 21, 2011 at 17:52:42

You should be using switches not routers in this situation.

Given you have the equipment, this is what you have to do;

connect a pc to the lan port of the dlink router
logon to the router
set its ip address to 192.168.1.2 for dlink1
set its ip address to 192.168.1.3 for dlink2
disable the dhcp server
save the config and logout.

connect a crossover cable from the westel lan port to the dlink lan port.
you do not use the wan port on the dlinks.

walla you now have glorified wireless switches.
dhcp ip will flow thru them from the westel to any connected device
all will have internet access and be on the same subnet.

end of story.

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#6
June 22, 2011 at 05:03:43

If you are trying to get the routers to "talk" to each other wirelessly, might have a challenge going. Has to do with the design of the routers.
I'm thinking you are wanting to run a wire from the DVO to a wireless adapter that connects to the Westell modem. That wireless adapter in your case is the dlink routers.
If i'm not mistaken, the routers are like a base station and the devices that connect are satelites (sender / receiver - master / slave). I've never seen two wireless routers connected / bridged through the internal wireless connections. Not saying it can't be done.
Is this what you are attempting?

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#7
June 22, 2011 at 16:49:31

Thank you but that is not how it was setup previously. I want them to be routers on my home network and I want to connect my DVR's to them. I appreciate your help. I guess I just don't know enough about the settings software for the D-Link Wireless N 300 Router. I know I have the Westell 750 wireless modem/router setup correctly but that's about as far as I have gotten.

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#8
June 22, 2011 at 20:21:39

why would you insist on them being routers?
you have no purpose for routing. You just need connectivity.

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#9
June 23, 2011 at 10:47:13

Oh, please sir/ma'am, I am NOT trying to argue or disagree. I am only going on what I know. It was setup previously and worked beautifully with the Westell wireless modem/router from Verizon (Froniter) and then adding the D-link Wireless N 300 Routers. The D-links were setup as 192.168.2 and .3 and we connected our cable from our DirecTV DVR's into the dlinks. The dlinks were setup as bridges. The only thing connected to the Westell was the power cable and the phone line. Setting the Westell is a piece of cake but there is so much that I don't understand on the N300 routers. I have a saved copy of that configuration but I don't have the router password so that is why I am reaching out for help. Again, please do not thing I am trying to be disrepectful or rude. I really appreciate everyone and anyones advice/help. Do you know if there is any documention from d-Link on this kind of setup. I can find all kinds of documentation but when you add in the fact that the Westell is a WIRELESS route/modem, all the documentation then falls apart.

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#10
June 23, 2011 at 11:23:03

"The dlinks were setup as bridges."

I think we are missing a key piece of information here.

I take it you are trying to connect from westel to dlink WIRELESSLY?

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#11
June 23, 2011 at 11:34:27

Yes, I am assuming that is they way they did it before. Thank you for your patience with me.

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#12
June 23, 2011 at 20:35:27

Hey not a problem. I just ask questions. Sorry if you thought I was being cheeky.

I am not finding anything that says these units can do wireless bridging.

This dlink product does
http://www.dlink.com.au/category/pr...

"The Westell and the the D Link routers both have the capabilities to "find" eachother via push button method"

This is not router to router. This is only router to client as in a wireless pc/device.

"I am assuming that is they way they did it before"
What do you mean by "before"? These worked wirelessly together with the westel before?

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#13
June 24, 2011 at 22:48:16

I have a sheet I printed from the Dlink that was in my Living room and connected via ethernet to my DVR. It states:
Router name: Living Room
Router Model : D-Link Dir-615-E3/E4
it then list Lan mac, Wan Man and wireless mac addresses.
Wan IP: Disabled
Lan IP: 192.168.1.2

Wireless:

Radio -Radio bridge is on
Mode Client Bridge
Network NG-Mixed
SSID BasyeII
Chanell 11

Services:
DHCP Server - disabled
WRT-Radauth -AP **************************see note below****
Sputnick Agent - Disabled

I can get it set to the listing about EXCEPT for the WRT-Radauth-AP. I cannot find it anywere to change it to AP.

And idea how I can do that?


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#14
June 25, 2011 at 08:28:50

I'm still following this thread. Interesting, to say the least. If I had the hardware, I'd have to try setting it up in this fashion. The D-Link's are set up as Bridges.
Internet search - found this
http://www.ehow.com/how_6329105_bui...
Good background information.


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#16
June 26, 2011 at 08:23:17

Oh, how I also wish you or someone else had the hardware to set this up!!! Bought a book yesterday and I am hoping it will help me. Everything I find on attempting to set this up doesn't apply because the Westell is a wireless router/modem. Maybe I should just go backwards in time and pull out my old DSL modem and router!!! The video link you sent me sounds like it might be helpful. I am going to attempt it today. Thank you again for your help!

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