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Instructions for setting up a BellSouth supplied Westell 2100/2200/6100s in "Bridged Ethernet" Mode. If you put the Westell in bridged mode you will require a PPPoE client in order to connect to BSFA. You can use the BellSouth Connection Agent, Enternet 300, RasPPPoE, the native PPPoE client on Windows XP, or any router with PPPoE capabilities. Despite what any help desk tech tells you, resetting the modem does not put it into Bridged Mode. It is highly recommended that you click here and update your Westell firmware. Important Note: You will unable to access the Westell interface if using bridged mode in conjunction with another router. Click here for more details.

Westell Bridged Ethernet Configuration

Step 1
Make sure the power is completely removed from the Westell and the computer. Connect the Westell directly to the NIC and power up the modem only. Wait until it is completely finished its startup and press the reset button on the back of the modem. Wait until it is completely finished its restart, then power up the PC.



Step 2
Open a browser session and enter "192.168.1.254" or "launchmodem" in the address field. If you are unable to access the interface check here and make sure your NIC is set to "Obtain an IP address automatically". This may require you to reboot the computer (or release/renew) to obtain a new IP.



Step 3
This step is dependent on your specific Westell model number and firmware.

Westell 6100 Procedure: Click on Broadband DSL Line from the top menu. Click on Connection Configuration from the right menu. Select "Bridged Ethernet" from the Protocol pull down. Click on Save and Restart Connection at the bottom. This will automatically restart the modem and the interface will return after the changes are saved.

Westell 2100 or 2200 Procedure: Click on Expert Mode and confirm that you want to enter Expert Mode. Click on Configure from the menu and then Connection in the sub-menu. Select "Bridged Ethernet" from the Protocol pull down. Click on Save and Restart Connection at the bottom. This will automatically restart the modem and the interface will return after the changes are saved.

Step 4
After the modem has restarted your Westell is in "Bridged Ethernet" mode and is ready to work properly with a router or PPPoE client from the computer. Connect the third party router or configure the PPPoE client on the PC. The WAN IP will be assigned to the router or NIC connected to the Westell.

Andy Houtz

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • After setting to bridge ethernet, should the dhcp on the westell 6100 be disabled as well?

    2010-09-28 17:29:35 (jujurmj See Profile)

  • this update is very help full thanks a lot ....if u also include the latest modem number it will be a complete search result....... indar(indar.times@gmail.com)

    2010-02-10 13:36:28



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by Andy Houtz See Profile edited by FAQFixer See Profile
last modified: 2008-02-28 21:18:45