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I need to set up my IP provided WiFi router-modem (Westell 327M) for use with my two laptops, such that the router-modem provides me internet access via ethernet cables (not interested in the WiFi aspect of the router modem). The IP (Verizon) has given me the runaround for over three years, so I've had to use their Westell 6100 ethernet modem (and swap out the ethernet cable, only allowing me to surf w/one laptop at a time). One is an HP Pavilion/Vista Ho Prem SP1 and the other's an Acer XPH SP3. I'm an 'advanced novist' w/about zero networking experience. Help.

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  • wguru
    wguru Jul 14, 2009

    Thanks, but again 'experienced novice' w/o networking experience.

    From what microscopic support afforded by the IP, I'm told I can do as I intend. However IP (Verizon) is like talking to a stone wall when asking how to do it.

    I'm sure something like 10 mins of real time guidance would get me there, as there are just too many what's that's, where's that's, etc., all leaving me unable to even get started.

    Have VoIP (w/o incoming calls number).

    yourweldguru@yahoo.com

    Anybody?

  • wguru
    wguru Jul 15, 2009

    Since no mention of the Westell 6100 modem in your reply, in that Verizon was telling me I needed to instead plug the cable previously supplying the laptop w.internet connection, they told me to plug that into the Ethernet 1 port of the Westell 327W (wifi router-modem).

    I'd think that one should be able to simply connect the phone line into the 327's 'DSL' port, then cable E1 & E2 into the darned machines, but no as it seems to require 'rocket science'.

    So by your not mentioning that (as far as I can tell in my networking terminology's duh-ness), that's what I've tried with that cable (inserting it into the 327's Ethernet 1 port.

    And yes, 'hind side of the modem', 327W has the DSL port (expectedly, pretty sure that's where my phone line would go, if I was on dial up, so I suppose that port's no use to me).

    Then yes again, the 327 has 4 other ports (Ethernet 1, E2, E3 & E4).

    Again, from what I can grasp, I've plugged the Westell 6100's 'ethernet' (or "network") cable, ie; the one cable that the 6100 used to route to my laptop's LAN port, now into the Ethernet 1 port of the 327W router-modem, then cabled as recommended, then powered up the 327, let it sit and even though also trying out ports E2, 3 &4, all efforts evidence no success.

    Both the Vista's and XPH's os's are seeing the connections (icons w/red x's).

    The 327's indicator lights are mostly all lit up (green), no red lights, and the in use 'E' numbered ports flicker while the wireless light blinks and the DSL light continuously flashes (again all green).

    And of course the parent modem, the Westell 6100's lights are all solid green save for the usually also occaisionally flashing one (named Ethernet).

    Additionally, likely unworthy of mention is the 6100's "Internet" light (although as said,, is green too, it is not intermittantly blinking) and the combination of those two lights flickering usually assured data was both going in and out).

    And yes I've tried depressing the 327's reset button, as well as turning the thing off and back on. Even trying the same with the 6100. It's just not 'PnP', or so it seems.

    The most I've ever gotten the 327 to do (in conjunction with the 6100's 'parented' signalling to the 327, is that I got one laptop to access the internet, but never can I get both to access the 'net.

    I don't recall how I got that far, but maybe I was using the 6100's 'USB' port which actually that port is shaped like a house as opposed to a the customary USB flat like jack.

    Lastly, the one laptop's internet connection icon in the systems tray seems fully enabled and the notification popup for it says "Currently connected to: Network Access: Local only" while the other laptop's sys tray icons (wifi & 'LAN') are red x'd.

    Like I said, it seems I really need some live help and maybe even risking issues with remote viewing (assuming I can find someone that accommodating and brave).

    I'm pretty certain, the issues are the intricacies of each laptop's networking settings, maybe even some tricks and/or other than OEM software. That and maybe even some of my OS's services settings.

    And wouldn't surprise me at all, if Verizon had to get into the fray to some extent, although they haven't ever been much of any help ever (and I mean ever as for years I've tried every form of getting them to help w/this, obviously all w/o success).

    Even tried waving over the top of the modems, a dead chicken and chanting praise to the internet.

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First check with the ISP if any DNS server settings or proxy settins are required(but i think you can alternatively connect your laptops these may have ben already set on the laptops but just in case)

now if your ISP accepts you to have more than one connection from the same link then you can connect the connect the cable from the modem to the INTERNET/WAN areas and you can connect the ethernet cables in the ports marked 1,2,3,4

here check that if you are only etting the link on the computer connected to port1 and no connection on the others then make a small adjustment disconnect the cable from WAN/Internet port and connect it to the Port1 and the computers to 2,3,4

now that you are saying that u r not interested in the wifi so it is advisable that you go to the home page of the router and from there to the wireless page and disable the wireless broadcast of the router for safety purposes

this can be changed any number of times back and forth

cheers

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

  • Pavan Ponangi
    Pavan Ponangi Jul 15, 2009

    okkkkk



    so lets start from the beginning then



    likei said every thing here is just outward and nothing to do with the software for now



    on the hind side of the modem how many ports do you see

    my guess one port slightly seperated and named INTERNET or WAN and four more ports numbered 1,2,3,4



    now connect the network cable from the modem to the WAN / INTERNET port and connect the laptops to the ports1,2



    now check to see if there is connection to only one Laptop or both



    if you have connection to both the laptops then your job for now is done



    but if you have conection to only the laptop connected to port1 then try this small trick



    move the laptop to port 3 and in port 1 connect the cable from the modem which was connected to the WAN / INTERNET port



    and u r set to go

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