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Configuring Speedstream 6520 For Modem Only Mode
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. *** Added step *** (Jan 29, 2010)
    Originally I had forgotten to put this step in. You need to click on the 'Configure the Local Home Networking modem LAN/WAN Port' which will give you the screen below. Select to use the LAN/WAN port (port 4) as a LAN port. If you choose to use it as a WAN port, you will get the option to either use it as a Bridged IP or use PPPoE connection. I was unable to get it to work using the Bridged IP setting.

  10. From step 8, 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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Posted by frankhut@canada.comef6ghrp3 on 2007-10-03 20:55:25Post #1 - Post link
I would like to try this setup on my Networked PC's. My Router is a Netgear which uses a Subnet IP in the range which is different from Bell's I have to change this to match Bell?
Can they coexist and function with the default IP subnet.

Thanks for your assistance
Posted by vxt on 2007-10-04 00:14:55Post #2 - Post link
Hi, Frank. Sorry, I'm not completely understanding your question. Can you explain your setup further? Each router has a different interface so it's hard to tell you exactly what to do. Basically what you need to do is to turn off the DHCP server on the Sympatico router. I believe on the Sympatico router, you need to check off that box that says "Use WAN" for the Default Gateway as well. Then connect an ethernet cable from the first port on the Sympatico router to the WAN port on your other router. If your other router is already set up to connect to the Internet by PPPoE then it should automatically work at this point.
Posted by Jim on 2008-01-22 10:08:57Post #3 - Post link
What if any changes are required in the D-Link ( and in my case the Linksys) router?

To I switch back my IP configuration in my computer to Obtain IP automatically? and if not do I need to configure all my computers in the home on a specific IP address ?

Posted by vxt on 2008-01-24 10:06:47Post #4 - Post link
I'm not familiar with the Linksys router setup but it would just be your normal configuration. Just connect to Sympatico via PPPoe using your username and password. Set up your network connection in Windows to obtain your IP and DNS servers automatically.
Posted by chuck on 2008-06-29 09:04:58Post #5 - Post link
So if I understand correctly
1) turn off the DHCP server on the Sympatico router
2) check off that box that says "Use WAN" for the Default Gateway
3) connect an ethernet cable from the first port on the Sympatico router to the WAN port on your other router
4) Setup other router to do PPPoE
5) Setup other router to do DHCP

The gateway and DNS is still the sympatico router setting , am I right?

My other router can then be setup for blocking MAC ADDRESSES so this would be perfect.

Posted by vxt on 2008-07-03 20:30:30Post #6 - Post link
Yes, that's right. Gateway and DNS should be automatically obtained when you connect to Sympatico. That's controlled by your Windows network settings shown in step 3.
Posted by jimbob on 2008-11-20 21:36:55Post #7 - Post link
Is there any chance we can see the pictures again? Please!
Posted by vxt on 2008-11-20 21:46:01Post #8 - Post link
Sorry, I recently moved my images to another folder, must have forgot to change these. They should be back up in a minute.
Posted by jimbob on 2008-11-21 14:16:24Post #9 - Post link
Thank you! It all makes sense now!
Posted by jimbob on 2008-11-22 20:27:54Post #10 - Post link
Worked awesome! I had spent 3 days trying to set up the following config.
Siemens Speedstream 6520 as modem --Cat5--> Linksys Wrt54GP2 --Wireless to ---> Belkin F5D7230-4 (In Bridge Mode)
Thanks to this Blog I got it to work.
Posted by Kett on 2008-12-16 20:22:28Post #11 - Post link
Hey... I have a problem with my router ... I can't seem to log into it ... I don't quite understand why, I put in the ip address as shown..but it doesnt work .. help please?
Posted by vxt on 2008-12-16 22:01:02Post #12 - Post link
Are you connected to your router or to the Speedstream? You need to be connected to the Speedstream by an ethernet cable.
Posted by gaia on 2009-02-05 02:08:14Post #13 - Post link
Great article.

I have a Speedstream 6520 & Linksys WRT610N. I'm trying to configure the Speedstream to be just a modem as you say & to use the WRT610N as my main router.

I've followed your instructions and set the Speedstream to just be in modem mode with IP and I've set the WRT610N as IP Should these addresses be ok? I've assumed that they have to be on the same subnet, but is this a correct assumption? Does it matter if the subnets are the same or different?

I don't seem to be getting DNS service. I'm a bit unsure what mode to set the WRT610N internet access. Should it be PPPOE?

Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
Posted by vxt on 2009-02-05 02:24:33Post #14 - Post link
Hi gaia,

The Speedstream's IP is You shouldn't change that. That's the IP you need to use to log into the admin. I'm not 100% positive but I think the WRT610N's IP is They do not need to be on the same subnet. Yeah, you should connect to your ISP by PPPoE though the WRT610N.
Posted by gaia on 2009-02-05 02:55:57Post #15 - Post link

My Speedstream's IP was & I changed it so as to be on the same subnet as the WRT610N, but if they don't need to be on the same subnet then it shouldn't matter what is. Neither address seemed to work to get Internet access.

The default for the WRT610N out of the box is

Posted by peter. on 2009-02-14 20:11:02Post #16 - Post link
Okay, so I've followed your steps and turned off dhcp on the SS6520, and enabled ppoe on my linksys router.
But I'm confused as to which ports I should now use to connect WIRED devices to my network; do I use the ports on my linksys router or the ports on the SS6520?

any help would be appreciated.
Posted by vxt on 2009-02-16 21:29:55Post #17 - Post link
You should use your Linksys router to connect wired devices. The Speedstream is only acting as a modem now.
Posted by Pok on 2009-04-12 02:45:41Post #18 - Post link
I read your blog and followed your instructions. The D-Link router, I used, assigned IPs to my computers but it seems I can't connect to the internet.

It might be these two problems:

1) The check box for "Use WAN" was left check, after I unchecked the box and rebooted Speedstream 6520.
2) When I tried to connect to the internet, I troubleshooted there were DNS errors.

Following your instructions, I configured the the D-Link router (DI-524). With the following settings for WAN:

Dynamic PPPoE

User Name: My bell user ID
Password: My bell access password

IP Address: (Is this the IP that I suppose to use?)

Primary DNS Address:
Secondary DNS Address :

MTU: 1492
Maximum Idle Time: 0 Minutes

I also used to connect with my D-Link router.

Can you help me?


Posted by vxt on 2009-04-12 14:16:07Post #19 - Post link
Your d-link settings should be whatever it is you were using to connect to the Internet before. If you chose Dynamic PPPoE, you shouldn't be able to enter an IP address. Your DNS addresses should be set to
Posted by Jason Hendriks on 2010-01-11 19:03:25Post #20 - Post link
Even though it is no 2010, Bell just gave me one of these modems. I landed on this page because the NAT this modem/router is doing is causing a "double NAT", and I want their NAT disabled. (Read more about double NAT here

The promise of your instructions is to "[not] to use their router so I turned it off and just used my own D-Link router"... except all you did was disable DHCP. The routing and NAT of this modem is unchanged :-(
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