I have a DSL modem (Westell model 6100 from Verizon) connected via USB to a desktop PC. I bought a Linksys Wireless-N router (model WRT300N) so I can share the internet connection with another desktop PC in a downstairs room. I used an ethernet cable to connect the router to the modem. With the primary PC on I powered up the modem, then the router. Because the primary PC is connected to the modem I was able to access the internet but even though I was getting a signal on the second PC I was unable to connect to the internet. Plus if I rebooted the primary PC the USB connection to the modem is dropped. Rebooting without the router connected to the modem does not effect the the USB connection. The extent of my technical knowledge is I know enough to get myself in trouble, so after about 6 hours of troubleshooting I stumbled on the fact that both the modem and router are trying to use the same IP address. Will changing the IP address on either the modem or the router fix my problem? If so, how do I do that?
17 years ago