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I'm trying to figure out how to plug in a LINKSYS WRT54G2 wireless router into a Westell 7500 DSL modem. I need the Linksys router to be used for wifi since the dsl modem does not have good wifi.

Can anyone help me with plugging it in? Which port on the Linksys plugs into which port of the westell 7500 modem?
I've tried different combinations but wasn't able to get online only able to connect to wifi.
Thanks
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Unless you don't mind a double NAT you'll want to set your modem to bridge mode.  Check this thread for instructions: http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/r20535007-Verizon-Westell-7500-How-do-I-set-it-to-bridge-mode

Then plug the WAN port of your router into a LAN port on the modem (DO NOT USE OTHER LAN PORTS ON THE MODEM AFTER DOING THIS!!!! Tape them off if you must, but don't use more than one as you'll likely only have 1 IP from your provider).  Then you should be ready to go.
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thanx neomatrix. However is there any way to do this with out having to change too many settings? this is for my dad's home and I'm not onsite to help him with it and he's impossible to try and walk him thru setting it up.
Thanks again.
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Unless you specifically need or want the better range or capabilities of the Linksys, You could just have him use the wireless on the Westell 7500... it does have wireless G built in.

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Okay great, I appreciate your help and speedy responses. One last question is you don't mind, do you think the linksys has better range? either way I'm only getting 2 bars when the router is in the bedroom or from the linksys. My dad still thinks it would be better.

Thanks again.
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Thanks great answer.
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The reason this is a problem is because the Westell 7500 has its own wireless, and router built right in.

If you really want to use the Linksys too because of either the better traffic control, or because you want the better Wireless Security that the Linksys offers you have to disable parts of one or the other.... this is the easiest option.

1. Configure Linksys router -- turn off DHCP so it is just a wireless switch -- nic cable runs from Westell into any linksys port (1-4) but NEVER into Internet (WAN) port.
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The range is better on the linksys because it has 2 external antennas, the westell has only one internal antenna "pad" on the main board inside.
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You could take gfdos' advice and turn off DHCP on the linksys and use it as a dumb switch (just plug in LAN on modem to LAN on router).  Or if you're (or a friend is) tech-savy enough you could put DD-WRT on the linksys and use it as a wireless repeater!
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