Verizon Westell 7500 - How do I set it to bridge mode?
First - many thanks for the help I've previous found searching this forum. It led me to a modem/router replacement from Verizon when my westell 327 broke.
The new dsl modem/router is a westell 7500. I want to set it to be a bridge, like my westell 327 was. I have a Netgear Rangemax Duo wireless-N router that I am placing behind it and I want to be my primary router. I don't need the westell to do anything but supply the dsl connection. This set up worked great in the past by setting my 327 into bridging mode and using a straight-thru cable to hook the "Internet" connection on the Netgear. I am now trying the same cable configuration for the 7500 & Netgear. I already have everything for my network set up the way I like it and am hoping to keep it that way in spite of the modem change.
At last I was able to find the answer I was looking for, so I am adding it to my thread. The first problem I had was not being able to get the manual to the 7500 - even the westell site had it messed up and would mistakenly link to the 327! The Verizon site was a nightmare as usual, but I finally found it and it contains all of the step-by-step directions and screen shots to the list of things I listed below.
Just to make sure my set up is clear:
Phone Jack -> Westell 7500 -> Netgear WNDR 3300 (NG is Wireless and wired router for my home network)
1. Turn off DHCP on your westell 7500 2. Configure the first VC port to Bridge-Bridge mode 3. Keep hitting "apply" in the windows until the 7500 reboots 4. Plug the "Internet" port on the Netgear to one of the normal ethernet ports on the 7500 5. Turn on the Netgear and wait for the green Internet light to go solid
Don't worry if you are scared about messing it up - you can always hit the magic reset switch on the westell to put it back to factory settings.
Sorry - I forgot one thing. Prior to turning DHCP off on the Westell, I first disabled wireless. I'm not sure if it was a necessary step or not, but I didn't want to take a chance of the westell broadcasting anything.
Technically, it should only be a layer 2 device now, but you never know when using GUIs...
I work for a Networking firm. We do this just about everyday.
Bridge modem. 1.Open browser (IE) type 192.168.1.1 2.user: admin password: password 3.Select My network select Newtowrk connection (to the left ) 4.Broadband connection ( select the tab under action ) 5.Look under Vcs select the tab under edit column. ( to the right ) 6.Under Protocol: Set to bridge 7.Bridge Mode: bridge.
Turn off DHCP 1.network connection 2.Lan 3.private lan the first one. Uncheck the first option under DHCP.