DSL Router Access

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How to access a DSL Modem when using a separate Router. If you are using a configuration where your DSL router in pass-through is connected to a home router, accessing the DSL modem is all but impossible without re-configuring your LAN and connecting directly to the modem.
More than a year ago I was having problems with my internet access and tracking down the problem was very cumbersome to say the least as I needed to access the Modem status to determine the errors and faults.
I eventually found a workaround where I can continue using my current LAN configuration with all my computers and still access the Modem whenever I please.
I inserted a multi-port switch between the Modem and Router Internet port. I did not change the Modem addressing. I then added a LAN card to my desktop(s) addressing them within the Modem NET (192.168.100.XXX) and connected to my multi-port switch. 
I can now access my modem to check status and reset accumulated errors at any time just by addressing the modem (192.168.100.254) any time I want without any interference or change to my system.
I have been running this setup for more than year and without any problems whatsoever. Any time my internet seems slow or failing, I can instantly jump into the modem and check to find the problem. I routinely check my modem for errors and reset accordingly so I can be pro-active for any line or other problems.
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Ed Latour

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Andrew Hildebrand

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When I connect a router to the DSL modem I like to turn off DHCP on the router and set a static IP of 192.168.100.253. Then the router just acts as a wireless access point for the DSL modem. All devices that connect to the network get an IP from the modem under 192.168.100.1xx. Setting it up this way also makes the internet faster when using a cheap router.

Regardless, having a router connected to your DSL modem not as an access point but as a router, so when devices connect to the network they get an IP from the router under 192.168.x.xx, you should still be able to access 192.168.100.254 as it is the gateway for the router.