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elmtree
02-02-05, 04:54 PM
I received a combo (DSL Modem & Router) unit when I subscribed to Qwest DSL. It is an ActionTec (not sure of the model right now).
I am also using the Linksys wireless router for the wireless portion of the network. I also run a line off the Linksys to a hub that feeds various jacks around my home.
I would like to turn off the switching of the ActionTec Modem/Router so that it only functions as a Modem.

I know how to get into the settings of the unit, but I am not familiar with what setting I would look for to accomplish what I want to do.

Can anyone help me here?

Thanks,
elm

YeOldeStonecat
02-03-05, 06:31 AM
You want to turn off the router feature, not switching. Somewhere in the web management, you'll see a setup menu that chooses what roles the device will perform, and something like Bridge may be one of them. DSL and cable devices are commonly called modems, but they're actually bridges.

I have to do this often when I do some DSL setups in other states, where I don't have that ISP's devices memorized. I simply call the ISP support, and say I need to flip the device over to a pure bridge, as I need to use my own router. They always help me out and walk me through the steps of changing the device.

Zaxtan
02-28-05, 01:31 PM
1. plug directly into the actiontec
2. open IE
3. goto the address 192.168.0.1
4. click setup/config
5. click advanced setup
6. click begin advanced setup
7. click WAN IP address on the left
8. set to transparent bridging
9 click save & restart on the left
10. click save and restart

modem will be bridged at that point
I think Qwest uses pppoe so you will need to configure your router to handle it

elmtree
03-03-05, 01:17 PM
Couple questions...
Does it really matter if I'm plugged into the modem directly? I can still log in even though I am running through my wireless router.

Do you have any insight as to whether or not this will impact a Macintosh that is using the LAN as well?

Thanks for your input.
elm

YeOldeStonecat
03-03-05, 01:55 PM
Couple questions...
Does it really matter if I'm plugged into the modem directly? I can still log in even though I am running through my wireless router.

Do you have any insight as to whether or not this will impact a Macintosh that is using the LAN as well?

Thanks for your input.
elm


If the Mac and other computers are still plugged in behind the Linksys router, no, it will not impact them at all, just the internet may run a whisker faster since you're not going through two NAT routers anymore, just one. (which is better).

I highly recommend you never plug any computer directly into a broadband modem, you're unprotected, it's better to be behind a NAT router using the hardware firewall of the router to protect you.