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Verizon Westell 327w - can't get all devices going

We have a Westell 327W from Verizon. It was WEP with MAC filtering. At some point Verizon upgraded the firmware and now the 192.168.1.1 interface is new (nicer looking, too). The other day, we decided to switch to WPA for better security. But we couldn't get all devices (we have 8) connected. At the 192.168.1.1 UI, under wireless settings --> advanced security settings --> Wireless MAC Authentication, the list of connected devices shows only four items. Other devices are hooked up and working, but not listed. Clicking "Add" to add a new one brings up a screen filled with data, and adding a device seems to remove another one. We tried going back to WEP, but now some devices don't see the router at all. Verizon is no help at all. Can you guys help us with this?

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  • douvanjou Jan 05, 2009

    I have Westell 327w and I want to use Wireless MAC Authentication to control any computer in my network through their mac address to allow or block any computer I want. But Westell 327 only give me the option of 4 computers, however, I got more than 4 computers to control. Any help?

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I have the same device (Verizon Westell 327w), and same symptoms.  It seems the Verizon firmware only permits MAC filtering for four wireless devices.  The hard-wired connections are not affected.  One solution would be to use one of the connected computers (either hard-wired or one of the four wireless ones) to perform "bridging" or "internet connection sharing" by using a different networking connection.  That is, the "briding" computer might have a second wireless adapter (set to a different channel) to use for "ad hoc" connections to the other wireless devices, or it might have an ethernet port that could be connected to the ethernet port of another device or hub, using a "crossover" ethernet cable (or standard cable with a crossover adapter at one end). 

This is an awkward, laborious approach.  The alternative would be to turn off MAC filtering, and use another security system instead, like WEP encryption or not broadcasting the SSID name.  Or, you could try to make the westell device directional, by putting it in the bottom of a very big metal can or pot and pointing the open end in the direction of the units you want to be able to use.  There are many ways to skin a cat.

As a possible extreme, desperate alternative, the westell modem can be flashed to replace the verizon firmware with the manufacturer's firmware.  I would bet that this might make the device unusable for verizon dsl service, though.  I'm also not certain that the manufacturer's firmware permits additional wireless units to be MAC filtered.  Attempting to try this would not be for a novice, and might well turn the hardware into a brick.

Proceed with the above suggestions at your own risk.  I assume no liability for anyone following my hare-brained ideas.  

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You need to select the Reset option on the interface, so it reassign news IPs to all the 8 devices. Hope that will helps!

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