Had to "bridge" modem and modify router settings
I have frontier DSL. 3Mbps down. Got my speed issue resolved about 2 weeks ago.
On Wednesday (or maybe Tuesday) I started having connection issues. My router (WRT54G2 V1 Linksys) would kick all devices (wired and wireless) off the network every 10 to 30 minutes. The only way to reconnect was to power off/on both router and modem (6100F).
My setting in both devices were basically the defaults. I did have encryption set up on the router of course. Everything worked well for 2 years until this week.
So I did some online digging and found on the cisco site where users with DSL needed to switch the router setting from DHCP to PPPoE and "bridge" the modem. I never heard of this nor did Verizon or Frontier ever tell me this. I called Frontier and they seemed pretty clueless. I did get the id and pswd to be able to modify modem settings from them. They told me to call cisco. The guy at cisco was worse. Told me I had old equipment and kept selling me on a new router. I basically had to just hang up on him.
I found a procedure, on this site, I think, as to how to bridge a 6100F modem. Then I changed my router setting to PPPoE. All of this was pretty technical and not all that easy. Had to back up router settings, reset it, etc.
The result is that my connection has not dropped ever since. I wish I still had the links to the procedures to provide to everyone but most of you probably already know about this. What's frustrating is that the support both at frontier and cisco were clueless.
You might have found the FAQ that Smith6612 put up, with instructions for bridging several brands of modems - including the Westell 6100. The link to that faq, is in the first post in the "Unofficial Frontier FAQ" thread at the top of the forum, and I've copied it below. I also have the Westell 6100F, and that FAQ has helped refresh my memory on bridging the 6100 several times.
|reply to Festivus |
Thanks, looks good. I used this link:
»Verizon Online DSL FAQ »How do I use a router with the Westell 6100?
One question though. Now 192.168.1.1 takes me nowhere. How do I get back to the modem config?
If you mean to put the 6100F back into it's original, "unbridged", state: pressing the recessed rest button puts everything back to the defaults (user name, password, walled garden (Verizon modem))
I have noted some odd issues accessing my 6100 directly once it's in bridged mode. I can have it directly connected to my PC - not going through my Netgear router) and in this state it's difficult/impossible to use the 6100's interface via 192.168.1.1. Sometimes rebooting the 6100 will let me in, and sometimes it takes repeated tries before I can get in. Then, when it lets me in, I can seldom access more than one, or two pages, before the interface suddenly becomes inaccessible and I have to reboot the 6100 and start over. This behavior doesn't occur with the 6100's default factory settings, or during the process of putting the 6100 into bridged mode -- it's only after the final reboot in the bridging process that this behavior starts. It could be something I'm not doing correctly, but I do not recall anything like this with two earlier model 6100's.
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|reply to Me101011 |
Re: Had to "bridge" modem and modify router settings
Thanks. Yes, I meant to say modem config at 192.168.1.1.
If I ever do need to get back to it I'll try by not going through the router but by pc directly. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to reset it. Hopefully I'll never have to access the config again...