configure DSL modem/router for LAN use

August 27, 2010 at 17:01:28
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Westell 327w DSL modem-cum-router. I want to change the settings to that I can plug it into the network outlet in my school dorm. The router has one input slot (DSL) and four output points that are the normal networking ports (called RJ-45?). It seems that there is a way to convert one of the four ethernet output ports into input port, thus allowing me to connect it to any LAN.

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August 27, 2010 at 18:25:08

Suggest item 12 in the list might be what you are looking for.

But first check the School's usage terms as most prohibit sharing the lan connection and they can and do expel students for breaching the rules. They can detect the attachment of routers.

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August 28, 2010 at 10:34:39

Thanks for your response.

First, thanks for reminding about school policies. I will confirm with them. My guess is they will not have a problem because we have several internet outlets in each dorm room for multiple users. Also, I am not sharing it with anybody outside the room. It is being done just to avoid having cables running all over the room.

I have read #12 on Westell site. It APPEARS that it covers "normal" wireless setup and not the problem I have. My technical capabilities are limited. It is possible that it addresses my particular issue and I am simply not understanding that.

Let me explain my issue a little more. Then you can tell me if #12 actually does address it.

1. This modem/router is already configured for wireless internet. I was using this router at home to connect my laptops and printer wirelessly while I had Verizon DSL service.

2. This modem/router is for DSL service, so the input slot is for a DSL type (as opposed to ethernet). The school internet, on the other hand, has an ethernet type outlet. Therefore, I cannot directly use an ethernet cable to connect from dorm outlet to this modem/router. That means I have to convert one of the four ethernet slots on the router to serve as INPUT port. Apparently there is a way to do that.

So, I am looking for help in converting ethernet Port 1 on this router to act as an input slot so that I can use an ethernet cable to connect from the dorm outlet to this modem/rounter. I hope this is clearer. Sorry for not providing more details on the first attempt.


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January 27, 2011 at 09:39:10
Dear Satish,
Please let me know if you got any solution for your query ... i am also looking for same type of solution

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January 27, 2011 at 12:22:01
No, did not get a response

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January 27, 2011 at 15:54:30
The routers firmware would have to support that configuration. If you see nothing in the lan port section that says use as wan port you are out of luck.

I would suggest a router with a wan ethernet port.

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