Westell Versalink 327w not giving private IPs to client computer; Client has pub IP

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    Okay, this one has me completely stymied.

    A friend of mine has a Westell Versalink 327w as his gateway to a home broadband network connection. Here’s the full manual and the Quick Start guide for the Versalink.

    Here’s the problem: I happened to notice that my friend’s laptop was showing that it had a public IP address while on his home network. Using the cable or wireless connection made no difference. Worred, I tried to connect to that IP address from the outside but was rejected. My friend tried to connect to that IP address via a web browser and saw a default Apache web page. My assumption was that it is an Apache installation on his MacBook that he was seeing and that the Versalink is ‘smart’ enough to block requests for that IP address coming from the WAN port. I wanted to change his home network to use a NATed IP address scheme, However I can’t find a way to get to a management interface for the router. Interestingly, he happened to have an identical 327w that he had never used. He took that out of the box, plugged it in and it too is assigning his lone MacBook his external IP and we can’t seem to find a way to access the router directly.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or has anyone seen similar behavior? How can I manage this device when it seems to forward any and all traffic to a host on the network? What type of network behavior is this? It doesn’t seem to be 1 to 1 NAT as that should still give the local device a private IP. This is beginning to cause problems as he now has a second computer but it cannot connect to the network at all. I’m assuming that only one client is allowed while the router is behaving like this.

    It’s always seems to be the home grade equipment that gives me the most problems. Give me a SonicWall any day. :mrgreen:

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