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Setting BayanDSL WiFi Router/Modem to Bridge Mode (ZTE VX10 W300S)

BayanDSL supplies an all-in-one WiFi Router/Modem device for at least some of its home DSL subscribers. It is a rebranded ZTE VX10 W300S. Although the built-in WiFi router is adequate, I find that it is a little underpowered and has some dead spots around the house. Additionally, the modem seems to have problems with more than 5 or 6 WiFi clients are online.

This post is a guide to setting the BayanDSL router-modem to bridge mode, to allow the use of a separate WiFi router. I will not be discussing the selection of the separate WiFi router here, that will depend on your specific needs. I also assume that you have enough technical know-how to know why you need bridge mode, how to set a static IP on your PC, and how to setup your WiFi router once the modem is in bridge mode.

Step 1

You'll need a Cat5 ethernet cable or similar. Plug one end to the BayanDSL router, in one of the LAN ports, then the other end to your PC. I suggest keeping this page open, or printing it out, because we'll be losing internet access during the process.

Step 2

On your PC, set it to a static IP address.

IP address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1 

Step 3 

Open a browser to http://192.168.1.1 This will open up the BayanDSL Router configuration page. Assuming you or someone else haven't changed it, enter the default credentials below:

username: admin
password: bayandsl 

Step 4 

You'll start at the status page. I suggest taking screenshots of every page, for reference, before changing any settings. Note the WAN section on the status page, especially the connection type. I'll need to know that later when I configure the other WiFi Router. In my case it's set to DHCP. In some cases, I've seen it set to pppoe, which requires knowing the username/password for the BayanDSL account. Another thing to note on this page is the Virtual Circuit, make a note of it. Whatever it's set at, we won't be using it, we'll keep it so we can revert our changes easily. Instead, we will be using another PVC number. 

Step 5 

Click on "Interface Setup". Click on "PVC Summary". This will list all of the configured Virtual Circuits. One of them is marked as Active, note which one it is for future reference. In my screenshot, I've already configured PVC1. Pick one of the empty slots on your list, I'll use PVC1 as an example. Close the summary window. 

Step 6 

Select the PVC that is currently active, in my case PVC0. You'll see the current settings it has, better take a screenshot of this page. Set its status to "Deactivated". 

Step 7 

Select PVC1 (or one of the empty ones on your list). Set its status to "Activated", then below that, select Bridge Mode. Save the settings. 

Step 8 

Go to "LAN", under "Interface Setup". We will need to turn off the DHCP service on the BayanDSL router, since our other router will handle IP address assignments later. Set it to "Disabled", then click Save. 

Step 9 

Go to "Wireless", under "Interface Setup". Select "Deactivated" beside "Access Point", click Save if needed. 

Step 10 

At this point you can logout, disconnect the ethernet cables, then start configuring your other WiFi router. You'll need to copy the WAN settings on that router, that screenshot from Step 6 will come in handy.  

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