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Help with Linksys wireless router and Bellsouth DSL modem

by jeffcia / December 24, 2009 11:11 PM PST

I am able to connect to the Internet with my DSL modem, but I have tried everything to get my Linksys WRT54G ver6 to work with no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Below is config info.

Windows Vista Home
Downloaded and installed the latest firmware (July 2009)
I can connect to the router using (it was, but I changed it to see if it would save new settings).
At times, I've had an error that said "Receiver error while upgrading the router's language pack", but I turned off Windows Firewall, rebooted the router, turned Windows Firewall back on, and now I am not getting that.

I'm not sure what information is required for host and domain name. It says it may be required by the ISP, but I don't know.

When I click on the wireless button in the Linksys web interface, it says to hit the push button. The Cisco light starts blinking, and I get a message saying that it is accepting clients and that I will be returned to the previous screen when SES config is complete, but it goes no furter - it just blinks a white/blue

Thanks in advance!!!

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Sorry in advance.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 24, 2009 11:22 PM PST

The details are missing in your post. No make, model of the DSL modem means I can't reply with any good ideas.

Changing the router from to 1.2 is a non-starter. If it was then that's a known fix to a known problem but since the DSL modem is unknown then I have no reason to offer that change.

Here's the problem. There is a lot involved in getting this to work. Details matter and if this reply upsets you then I'm sorry in advance. Try to supply all the details to save time since this is all volunteer.

Ready? Tell more.

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by jeffcia / December 24, 2009 11:50 PM PST
In reply to: Sorry in advance.

No need to appologize - I should have included this.

Westell B90-610030-60 Rev F DSL Router.

I was able to connect to it using http://launchmodem

I changed from PPoE to Bridge, but now I cannot connect to it.

I read on another post that it may be a confilict between the two routers, but I'm not sure what to configure on which router.

Thanks again!!

- Jeff

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I would have left it to PPPoE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2009 12:02 AM PST
In reply to: Details shows that this is your average DSL MODEM ROUTER box.

Changing your other router IP from to was a slight mis-step. If you had used and not change the DSL router to bridge mode (left it alone) then you would have setup a DOUBLE NAT and it should have worked.

But given the story I can't tell which scenario you wanted.

1. The Westell doing the PPPOE work with the next router giving up wifi and more ports.
2. The Westell in bridge mode (it's now a dumb DSL modem) and the router set up with all the PPPOE settings.

Hope this helps.
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Should I reset both routers and start over?
by jeffcia / December 25, 2009 12:48 AM PST Is what it was before, I think. I just put the 2 in the wrong spot.

Should I reset both modems back to defaults?

Any scenerio that will allow both my desktop to connect and my laptops to hit the Internet wirelessly. Is there an advantage to either way? Is one way easier than the other?

Thanks again for helping on Christmas!!

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2009 12:59 AM PST

As to 2, 1 being here, there or not, this is the trouble with PCs. We must be exact in our settings and when asking for help. It's not you or me here. Some get upset over this and for those I wonder if they just should be handed a hammer.

Ok, my answer is no. I can setup the system in bridge mode, double nat and in router as a WAP mode (NEW mode I haven't written about yet.)

So let's go over the solutions. Remember that all work and if any have an advantage it's usually the one the owner understands best.

1. Bridge mode. (see that link above on how to setup.)
2. Double NAT mode. Just change the LAN address in the second router and tell the router it's on a cable modem. If you have the first modem doing the PPPOE and tell the second router to do PPPOE then it fails.

3. Router as a WAP mode. We cover that at this link ->;posts#2754854

Direct link ->

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I can't get into the DSL Router
by jeffcia / December 25, 2009 1:42 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

Hey Bob,

I was going to follow the instructions to set up a bridge on the Westell, but now I can't get in to configure it. I have a direct link from the computer to the DSL modem, and I can connect to the Internet, but when I try to go to launchmodem or the connection times out Sad

I've tried holding the reset button in for at least 20 seconds, but still nothing. Somehow my login credentials are still being passed, but is that from Windows Networking or on the DSL Router?

Any suggestions?

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In bridge mode.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2009 2:08 AM PST

Many turn into dumb DSL modems. To get out of bridge mode, most have us hit the reset on the modem.

But it is entirely your choice which of the 3 common solutions to use.

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Finally working!
by jeffcia / December 26, 2009 2:44 AM PST
In reply to: In bridge mode.

Thanks for all your help Bob!!

Sending from my laptop through my wireless router : )

- Jeff

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Merry Christmas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 26, 2009 3:42 AM PST
In reply to: Finally working!

If you happen to answer again, which setup did you finally go with out of the 3 common solutions? Or did you find another?

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I went with this:
by jeffcia / December 26, 2009 9:54 PM PST
In reply to: Merry Christmas.

I found this step-by-step config.

1) Reset both to factory defaults & Update firmware on both routers
2) Set Westell DSL Routher to bridged ethernet
3) Leave Linksys set on and PPPoE
4) Set login credentials on the Linksys
5) Leave Hostname and Domain empty (I think I had these filled in before)
6) Set security to WPA-personal
7) Surf wirelessly Happy

Thanks again, and have a Happy New Year.

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