How to Configure a Westell DSL Modem

By Lysis

Westell is a popular type of DSL modem used by many Internet service providers. Configuring the modem is accomplished using the device's graphical interface through a web browser. The Westell modem has specific configurations that are dependent on the type of ISP, but there are some standard settings that are used by every ISP such as connection type, username and password, and VPI/VCI.

Step 1

Open a browser window and enter "http://dslrouter" or "" into the navigation toolbar. This navigates directly to the DSL modem configuration control panel where you can configure the settings.

Step 2

Click the "Next" button at the start-up screen. The first settings entered are the username and password for your ISP connection. This is the username and password supplied by your ISP when you signed up for a DSL account. The text box labeled "Connection Name" is any name you wish to give the configuration settings. The username is typically the email address of your DSL account. Once these settings are entered, click "Next."

Step 3

Enter the VPI and VCI number settings. These settings are dependent on the ISP. For most settings, the VPI setting is 0 and the VCI setting is 35. Bellsouth and Sprint's VPI setting is 5. Once these are entered, click the "Next" button.

Step 4

Select "PPPoE" from the drop-down list labeled "Protocol" and click the "Next" button. The modem takes a few minutes to contact the ISP and verify credentials. Once finished, you are taken back to the main Westell control panel screen.

Step 5

Click the "Profile Editor" button and select "Always On." This automatically connects you to the Internet when the modem is turned on. For this setting to work, you must have "Save Password" option selected as well. Click the "Save" button and close the browser window.