So, I had the unpleasant experience of having my Verizon DSL (Westell 6100) modem die on me the other day. I received my new one today having totally forgot that they require Windows to activate their service. It didn’t matter last time as I had a work computer with Windows on it, but this time, my house is all Linux. So I decided to figure out exactly how to do it without needing Windows. This should work under any modern Linux distro, I use Ubuntu.
Anyways, here we go:
1. Connect your shiny new DSL modem and turn it on. It's easiest to make sure your computer is plugged right into the modem over ethernet and doesn't have a router in the middle.
2. Open Firefox and point yourself to 192.168.1.1.
3. The user and pass are: admin/password, be sure to change this to something else once you log in(Verizon recommends admin/admin.)
4. Wait for the network to be detected, and then click on the green text "connected" in the left-hand pane.
5. Under broadband connection, click add.
6. Name the service Verizon, and put your username and password in that you signed up to Verizon DSL with.
7. Click apply, and then back at the broadband connection screen, disconnect the "Auto registration" connection and then connect the new one you just made. Also, don't forget to make it default.
8. Once its connected, open a new browser window and browse to this address: http://192.168.1.1/verizon/redirect.htm\
9. Once the page is loaded, click disable.
10. Browse to any webpage to be sure it all worked.
11. Restart the modem to make sure everything is saved, and you should be gold.
F Verizon and their stupid “Windows Only” registration process. Long live Linux.