Use DSL Modem as Hub

December 18, 2008 at 16:20:10
Specs: Windows XP Pro + SP2, 2.4 GHZ/512 MB SD
I have two Westell Versalink 327W's. One is hooked up to my DSL line where I get sweet internet. The other is setting in my closet collecting dust. I have the Versalink in one room with the main computer of the house. I have three other computers in another room that use internet regularly (My other computer, home web server, home file server). Instead of running three different ethernet cables into the other room (I already have one) or buying a hub/switch, or putting a new phone jack into the room with the three computers to put the router in there, I was wondering if I could use the second Versalink as a repeater or a hub. I called up my internet's technical support and they said to try to make it a repeater and that they can't help me with that. I also went to Westell's site and found out that they only offer support to internet providers and companies for my model. I found under the WAN options that I could change the input from either my DSL line or Ethernet Port 1. I changed it to Ethernet Port 1 and connected the one ethernet line to port 1 and my computer to two. I try to get to any website and can't. I go into the options and it says "DSL not connected." Any help?

Will


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#1
December 18, 2008 at 16:22:21
To get where I've gotten so far, I found this site in Google (The only site with my idea)

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/rem...

Will


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#2
December 19, 2008 at 08:22:24
looks like it only has one ethernet port. so no you can't use it as a hub.

http://onlinehelp.verizon.net/consu...

'tis the season to be of good cheer. Wishing one and all happy times with family and friends.


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#3
December 19, 2008 at 08:39:12
This wasn't from Verizon. It was from my ISP (ZoomTown). It has four Ethernet ports on the back of it, one USB port, a DSL in port, and a power port on the back of it. This is a picture of the one I have (minus the USB port.) It is a modem/router combo.

http://www.netfaqs.com/Windows/DSL/...

Will


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#4
December 19, 2008 at 08:42:42
You should be able to use that as a hub and wifi access point. You would go into the management panel, assign a static ip on your lan, disable dhcp on it, configure the wireless and you are done.

You will need a crossover cable from the router to this devices. Odds are neither of your devices support mdi/mdix so you have to use a crossover so they talk.

'tis the season to be of good cheer. Wishing one and all happy times with family and friends.


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#5
December 19, 2008 at 12:59:51
In the control panel under WAN Options, it shows a spot for the input as ETHERNET 1 or DSL. I have already set this, but still can't get it to work. Because of this setting, would this mean that I wouldn't need a crossover cable? I know how to make one, it is just the fact that I have to go into my wire and splice and re-arrange the wires. (Yes, I have done this before and got it to work.)

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#6
December 21, 2008 at 09:56:43
That sounds like modem settings on the wan port. You can't use the wan port. If you do you need to engage bridging or nat which will lead to other issues.

Google crossover wiring diagrams.

'tis the season to be of good cheer. Wishing one and all happy times with family and friends.


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