Have Router keep Internet Connection alive

I have a Linksys Wireless-B Router and a DSL Modem.
I currently have a shortcut on my desktop named Verizon DSL and whenever someone logs into the computer (Windows XP Pro SP2) they have that same shortcut that they must double click in order to connect to the Internet.  I set it up so that it automatically connects when Internet Explorer starts and needs an internet connection, but I also have another computer at another house that has a Wireless-B router and Cable modem.  On that one the router stays on the internet all the time and I don't have to click or reconnect all the time.
Is this possible with my DSL connection.
davidgareauAsked:
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Looks like you currently have a software client establishing the connection. You should be able to set up the connection on the router so that it establishes and maintains the connection. As soon as any computer is connected to the router after that it should have Internet access. To do so log on to the router (probably http:/192.168.1.1 with username admin and no password, if still default) go to the WAN/Internet connection page and enter the appropriate information. My guess would be a PPPoE connection and you need to enter your service provider's username and password. Also enable any "keep alive" feature.
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Craig_200XCommented:
what kind of dsl modem do you have ? westell ? if so it is a router as well.. and if this is the case, you can configure it for pppoe instead of bridge mode which is what I assume its in being  you have to click connect to get connected. let me know what type modem you have, and connection.. also check your IP and gateway, and try to logon to the westell if this is the case..


check out this link
http://help.expedient.net/broadband/westell2100.shtml
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
I have Westell DSL modem from Verizon.
I have Linksys Wireless-B Router (with 4 ethernet plugs in the back for computers and 1 for the internet connnection --modem)
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
I went to the setup 192.168.1.1 for the router via my wireless laptop (can't access that page on the desktop for some reason) and I go to the Setup >> Basic Setup tab and changed Internet Connection Type from Obtain an IP automatically to PPPoE.  Then it has User Name and Password fields which I fill in with the same User Name and Password I use on the Verizon DSL shortcut that is on the desktop of the desktop computer. I also choose Keep Alive: REdial Period 30 sec.

then I save the settings and restart both the laptop and the desktop and still on the desktop I get the connection dialog window when I try and go to a website in IE.

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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Run the Internet connection wizard again and see if that resolves. On the Internet Explorer menu choose Tools | Internet options | Connections | Set up. Choose the option to connect to the Internet using your LAN.
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
Okay, it's working the way I wanted now, I did the PPPoE setup as you mentioned but it didn't work, then I unplugged the modem and router and it did it.

thanks
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
How does the Westell modem act as a router, I mean, is there anything I can setup with it that will help me, because it doesn't make sense to me as there are no extra ethernet plugs on it for other computers.

thanks
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"I unplugged the modem and router and it did it."
Sorry, yes it would have to be reset.
Glad to hear you have been able to resolve.
--Rob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Thanks David,
--Rob
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Sorry I missed this; "How does the Westell modem act as a router, I mean, is there anything I can setup with it that will help me, because it doesn't make sense to me as there are no extra ethernet plugs on it for other computers."

Most Westells are combined routers and modems but not all. Which model do you have?
I am wondering if yours is not a router. If a router usually it establishes the connection and then you simply plug your computer/s into it. Adding the Linksys would require switching it from the default NAT mode (router) to Bridge mode. Where you were not aware of this, or needed to do so I am guessing it may not have NAT/Router capabilities. Then again it may have only bridge mode and require using the software client to connect. This is what Craig was suggesting. However, as far a s I know that configuration would only allow one computer to connect, but I am not overly familiar with the Westells. Not available here.
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
Westell Modem
Model: B90-210015-04

Well, to access setup for the linksys router I go to 192.168.1.1
Where would I access setup for the westell router?
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Craig_200XCommented:
the 2100 IS a modem and router... check out the link I gave you above! it gives step by step how to config pppoe...

if you do that.. DONT use the manual connector you were using before... in fact go to IE connection properties and remove it entirely or disable it

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Craig_200XCommented:
oh and you have to make sure your PC is directly into the modem--no router involved. I think thats how you have it but just to be sure.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you go to the Westell site and locate the various modems and download updates and manuals which tell you how to configure each unit. In the case of yours, the B90-210015-04, there are no downloads or support options available, so I would assume it is a basic modem only. In any case I don't believe you can access to configure any options. No need, it actually works better if you ever want to add incoming services like a web site or VPN.
http://www.westell.com/pages/support/dropdown.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2106079756.1146593254@@@@&BV_EngineID=faddghelggeibedcfkcfkcfin.0
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Craig, seems some 2100's are NAT routers but not the B90-210015-04

B90-210010-04 = WireSpeed™ Dual Connect NAT Router
B90-210014-04 = WireSpeed™ Dual Connect NAT Router
B90-210015-04 = WireSpeed™ Dual Connect Modem
B90-210030-04 = WireSpeed™ Dual Connect NAT Modem
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Craig_200XCommented:
I guess thats possible. my bad.. Good lookin out RobWill!
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
Okay, so mine isn't a router, and that explains why I've never heard of any router info for it.
I need the linksys router for it's wireless capabilities and occassionally connecting a computer via it's ethernet ports.
Thanks for the info though, got me thinking.

thanks
david
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Must say Craig, first Westell I have seen that wasn't a router.
Good luck David.
--Rob
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Craig_200XCommented:
same goes for me RobWill!.... I learn something new all the time!
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