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Switching from Westell to 2-wire home portal

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by PicardMD, May 20, 2007.

  1. PicardMD

    PicardMD Make It So!!

    Feb 16, 2002
    Star Fleet Medical...
    I don't know much about computer networking...

    Our current modem is a Westell 6100 from our DSL provider (Bellsouth, if it makes a difference).

    We have an old 2-Wire Homeportal 1000HW that is not "supported" by Bellsouth (they support 1000SW, have no idea the differences), would love to be able to use it for home wireless.

    I have found that simply disconnecting from Westell Modem and plugging in the 2-wire does not work... (OK, I don't know much about modems...)

    Can someone tell me, step by step, what I need to do to switch from the Westell modem to the 2-wire homeportal? Or if it is even possible on a modem not supported by my DSL provider. And, HOW TO SWITCH BACK TO WESTELL IF THIS EXPERIMENT FAILS... need to know before hand in case I can't connect to the internet and ask for help if it fails... :supergrin:

  2. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
    You connect up the 2wire. You then need to login into it via it IP. I think 2wire is Make sure the login is set to PPoE and put in your username and password for your DSL service.

  3. PicardMD

    PicardMD Make It So!!

    Feb 16, 2002
    Star Fleet Medical...
    And if the above doesn't work, would I be able to just hook it up to my old Westell? Or do I need to reconfigure the Westell (?how) again?

    Also, anything I should do (or can do) to make the 2-wire home wireless as secure as it can be? I have a 2-wire card that came with the homeportal, how do I use it with my laptop besides just insert it into it?

    Thanks, I know they are probably simple questions... I'm old.