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How to Reset Bell Modem to Bridge

How to Reset Bell Modem to Bridge

Configuring Speedstream 6520 For Modem Only Mode
Wednesday September 5, 2007

As I’ve written in a previous blog, ‘Sympatico Ultra Highspeed / Speedstream 6520 Modem Problems‘, Bell provides you with a really crappy router/modem with their Sympatico Ultra Highspeed Edition. I decided
that I didn’t want to use their router so I turned it off and just used my own D-Link router. Here’s are the steps on how I accomplished this:

  1. Connect the DSL cable (phone cord) to the DSL socket on the back of the Speedstream.
  2. Connect an ethernet cable to the #1 port on the Speedstream to the WAN port on your router.
  3. Connect your computer to one of the LAN ports on the Speedstream. The Speedstream should already be set to DHCP mode, but if it is not, you will have to manually change your IP to be on the same network as the modem, otherwise you can skip this step.Go into your network connections. In Windows XP, go to Start Menu > Connect to > Show all connections.Select ‘Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)’ and click the Properties button.

    Right-click on your Local Area Network connection and select properties. You should get a screen similar to the one below. Enter in what you see below and click OK.

  4. Open a browser window and type this address in the address/location bar.
    . This is the IP address of the Speedstream modem/router.
  5. If you have set up a username and password, enter it here. If you have not set up a username and password, I believe the default username is admin and the password is blank (as in it is empty, not the word blank).
  6. Once you are in, you should get a screen similar to the one below. Click on the Advanced Icon at the top.
  7. Then, click on the Home Network icon on the left. You should get a screen similar to the one below.
  8. Click on the Advanced Settings button and you should get the screen below.
  9. Click on the ‘Configure the Local Home Networking modem IP Network’ link. This should take you to another window that looks like the one below.
  10. Click on ‘Custom Settings’ and you should see the screen below. Copy the settings as you see them and click the Apply button. This will disable the Speedsteam’s DHCP server. DHCP assigns IP addresses to all the computers connected to the network. You want
    to disable this so that your router will be the DHCP server.
  11. If you changed your Windows network settings in step 3, you should change them back to automatically obtain your IP address and DNS server addresses.
  12. At this point, I will assume that you have the router that you want to use instead of the Speedstream already set up to connect to Sympatico. The router should also be running a DHCP server. You may need to reboot your router. And that should be it.
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