[aprssig] Help with DSL Modem

Mark Fellhauer sparkfel at qwest.net
Tue Oct 10 17:03:01 CDT 2006

I ran into a problem today.

We're trying to replace an old BEFSR41 Linksys router that's mated to a 
Verizon Westell 2110 DSL Modem.   The current modem is set to DHCP on the 
WAN side, so I went ahead and plugged in a new Linksys WRT54GS Router into 
the Westell and expected to be back online in seconds.  That turned into a 
3 hour ordeal before giving up for the day.

For some reason the old router works perfectly, but a new WRT54GS and a 
D-Link WBR-1310 REFUSE to accept an IP address on the WAN side from the 
Westell.   I even spent about an hour with a Verizon tech and stumped her too.

We did power resets and even hard resets and the old DSL modem will not 
link up with either new router.  Tried MAC cloning - no good.  Plug in the 
old router and it runs like a champ using the same cable.  Could it be that 
I need to use a x-over cable?  I would have tried that, but forgot to bring 
one.   I would think that's not the issue... a new router should auto MDIX.

Anybody got any suggestions for getting the two to work?   This site is 44 
miles away and on the side of a mountain.  I'd rather not have to drive 
there much more.

We're not against replacing the DSL modem, but I'd like not to have to deal 
with reprovisoning a new DSL modem.   We need wireless and have run into an 
issue with Port Forwarding on the old Linksys and the software vendor 
assures us his software will work with a newer router.   If this weren't 
the issue I have about a dozen Senao 2611's that I'd chunk onto the BEFSR41 
for wireless access...



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