Updating westell 6100

By the time of its initial public offering (IPO) in 1995, Westell was a prominent DSLAM manufacturer.

The company moved out of this business in the wake of the stock market downturn of 2002, and then focused primarily on manufacturing cell site optimization equipment, Ethernet connectivity products, intelligent site management and a series of outdoor enclosure and cabinets.

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The Multi-Port DSL Modem/Router Option One of my options was to buy a new multi-port DSL modem/router to replace my existing DSL modem.

That would have cost me at least $60 (USD), plus $15 for two additional Cat 5e cables.

If you’re not interested in that, you can just skip down to the “Getting It to Work” section.

This whole thing started when I finally couldn’t stand the hum on my phone line any more.

The router asks for a local file with the extension, but the file contains no such file.

Sure, I can open those files with 7zip, but what on earth I'm supposed to do with the contents, I have no idea.

That, plus really flakey internet performance, convinced me to suck it up and face the pain of calling Verizon and wading through their interminable phone menus to get to tech support.

(In truth, I’ve got mixed reviews of Verizon’s tech support, sometimes it has been really good, but getting to them through their maze of phone prompts is a nightmare.) When the phone guy got here, he quickly identified the ground loop causing the phone line hum and fixed it.

I've used routers in the past, I've set up port forwarding successfully many times, but no matter what I do with this router, I cannot get ANY port to open. They told me that port forwarding was "unsupported" and that I should contact Westell. I went to the Westell site to look for upgrates, and they're in files.

I'm trying to open ports for various uses - e-mail, game hosting, etc., and I have been using to check my ports. Unfortunately, the automatic updating option doesn't even work.

In all that time, I never had the need to have more than one computer connected to the Internet at the same time, so the single-port Westell 6100 DSL modem that came with my Verizon DSL service served me just fine.

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