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tightsocks May 4, 2013 08:29 PM
Very basic DSL to Airporrt Extreme question
So, I am trying to help a relative straighten out their DSL connection.
It is nothing more than what looks to be an ancient Westell 6100 Verizon modem going to an old Airport Extreme (1 ethernet port, pots modem and usb connections).

I guess the DSL modem will handle the PPPoE but for some reason there is trouble if the Airport is set to anything other than Bridge Mode under Internet->Connection Sharing. IS having the Airport in bridge mode an ideal set-up?
Cold Warrior May 4, 2013 08:38 PM
Is the modem acting as a dhcp server? A lot of times these things get set up this way, and it's better to have the modem be only a modem and let the airport extreme do dhcp and the rest of the lan networking.
tightsocks May 4, 2013 10:18 PM
I think the modem is doing dhcp - the config interface is so unbelievably confusing (to me anyway). So that combined with my rapidly declining abilities is making this rather confusing.
I think the modem wants to do everything - PPPoE, DHCP, it even has a little map of the lan on its main page. At this point it would probably just make sense to try to have the DSL modem replaced with one that has built-in wifi. Then it could do everything including replace the need for the Airport box.
Spheric Harlot May 5, 2013 06:23 AM
Try this:

Changing your Westell 6100 modem to Bridge Mode

That should be the end of it.
tightsocks May 5, 2013 04:50 PM
Why is it better to have the DSL modem in bridge mode rather then the Airport in bridge mode?
Just curious.
Also, if she ever calls Verizon for troubleshooting and they have her reset the modem won't it go back to'non-bridge' mode...?
Spheric Harlot May 5, 2013 04:56 PM
Administering the Airport is easier. Just taking the Verizon modem out of the equation is probably a simple solution.

Switching it off and on again will just boot it to the last saved state, including bridge settings.
ghporter May 7, 2013 09:45 PM
I just went through some bad flashbacks about administering a Westell modem with ANY router... I was...bad.

Spheric is correct: it is orders of magnitude easier to keep all the user management in the AirPort device, and have the modem just provide a hot Ethernet connection.
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