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Normally, you will unable to access the Westell modem interface if you use it in conjunction with another router. The reason is that the Westell modem interface address is which is a local IP. By default, most routers do not have the capability to route a local IP out of their WAN port (where your Westell is connected). Additionally, they may be on completely different subnets. You must connect the Westell directly to the computer's NIC to make the necessary changes before you connect the other router. You will also have to restart the PC or release/renew the IP address. After you have made the changes to the Westell you can then reconnect the router and configure it for use with FastAccess.

Alternative Methods:
There are several alternatives around this problem. One method involves extra equipment (second NIC and a hub) and major configuration changes. The second method requires you to utilize the router as a simple switch and use the Westell's PPPoE and DHCP functions. Click here for more information.

Andy Houtz

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last modified: 2009-02-23 09:12:06