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I will be doing this on my friends computer so I need to NOT screw it up.
Go from DSL modem (has only desktop pc on it) to Netgear wireless-G router. Will always have the desktop hooked up and often my laptop(wireless).
Basically I want to disconnect the existing modem...then add the new one...then, if all is well, connect my wireless laptop.
According to the box..I need only put the cd into the pc and follow the instructions? Altho is shows doing this to the laptop,may I start out with the desktop?
Can it be that easy?

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jjnj said:
I will be doing this on my friends computer so I need to NOT screw it up.
Go from DSL modem (has only desktop pc on it) to Netgear wireless-G router. Will always have the desktop hooked up and often my laptop(wireless).
Basically I want to disconnect the existing modem...then add the new one...then, if all is well, connect my wireless laptop.
According to the box..I need only put the cd into the pc and follow the instructions? Altho is shows doing this to the laptop,may I start out with the desktop?
Can it be that easy?

Thank you
JJ
A modem and a router are two different things.
 

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so, is the Netgear only a router? AT my home, I hv an ACTIONTEC unit that my DSL comes directly into ...my desktop is connected to it and I can use my laptop..is this different than what I bought? Would I then just bring her modem into the router, and then she would hv 2 pieces of eq?
 

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Not all routers are modems too. Obviously the product information would clearly state this. If it's just a router, then yes, you use both pieces of equipment. They do completely different things.
 

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Ok thank you very much...I appreciate the help I may be 68 yrs old, but I still like to "DO IT MYSELF"
Finally,the diagram shows the desktop coming into this unit..and also the modem...On her computer, the dsl telco lines comes into the modem and the ylw cord/line goes to the computer..would I change that to come into this router and so the modem would then only hv the telco line coming in and the cable to bring it into the router also?

Thanks again...not only for the info, but the speed of it!
 

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Supplying the make/model of the devices helps us a lot here. :)
 

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What connection will work depends on the answer to John's last question. Unless the Netgear is a very early version it defaults to LAN IP 192.168.1.1 and I think that's the default for Westell modem/routers.
 

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From the user manual of the WGR614-v6:
This field displays the IP address being used by the Local (LAN) port of the router. The default is 192.168.1.1
This router won't work with the default IP assignment with the conventional connection. You'll need to do one of the following.

  • Change the WGR614 router base address
  • Change the modem/router's base address
  • Configure the modem/router in bridge mode
  • Connect the secondary router as indicated below

Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).
 

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wow did I not understand a word of the above...
so the Westell is model 6100 it has a power conn...usb conn(I am not using) an ethernet to the desktop and the input DSL.
the router is 4-port switch has a power input, 4 ports and the cable/dsl modem slot. I see to remove ylw ethernet cable from westell and into Netgear. I do not see how to connect the router back to the modem...or do I reuse the now available ethernet port on the modem?

Am I in over my head????

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The Westell 6100 is a modem/router combo, with the same default LAN subnet as the Netgear. So to get the two routers working together you will need to use one of the four options John gave you in post #13.

I think that the 4th option is best, and the first option is 2nd best. If you want to use bridge mode (make the Westell act like a modem only) here are instructions: http://www.lava.net/support/Westell_6100_DSL_Modem_Installation_Guide
 

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thank you all...I attempted to do step 4...a router setup started and asked for 4 or 5 addresses IP and several others.I could not find the answers on either her PC or at the web site..I decided, I'd better now screw it up and would be better to get the router/modem and do an exact replacement...
again, you all are a powerful resource and I appreciate your help


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Sooner or later you will have to login to a router and do some kind of configuration. Better to start with a "simple" router like that Netgear. Do the following for the first option.

Refer to the Netgear's User Manual for specifics.

Reset the Netgear to factory default settings (hold the recessed reset button for 10-20 seconds with the unit plugged in).

Connect a computer to a LAN port; connect nothing else but the power supply.

In your browser's address bar type 192.168.1.1

AVOID WIZARDS, EASY SETUP, etc.

Find the LAN section and change the LAN IP address to 192.168.3.1. Check the Dhcp server address range; if it did not automatically change then you change the 3rd digit to 3. Hit "Apply" or "Save changes" or whatever. I'm doing this from memory but if you get really stumped I have v5 of the router and can get more specific.

Connect the Westell to the Netgear's WAN port and you should have internet access with any computer connected to a Netgear LAN port or wireless. Remember when you want to login to the router again to configure the wireless that you have changed its address to 192.168.3.1.
 

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well...#1 there was no manual in the sealed box only a cd...But, if I return this unit and get a combo, I will not have to chance screwing up a machine that is not mine...and there will be HELL to pay LOL

Thanks anyway!
 

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"there was no manual in the sealed box only a cd"

No manual on the CD? Strange.

I thought the Netgear was yours. That's one of the reasons (but not the main reason) I was advising to configure it and leave the Westell alone. Sorry.
 

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You can also download the manuals for almost any router from the Internet.
 
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