Oh-oh. You have two routers in series. One in the Actiontec. The other in your unspecified model Linksys wireless something. I can see why you have it arranged like this, but I have a suggestion. See below.
You can make port forwarding work with this derangement. You just
have to do everything twice. For example, if your unspecified
computer program wants to forward port 666 to your desktop, you must:
1. Port forward in the ActionTec port 666 to the IP address of the
WAN side of the unspecified Linksys model wireless router.
2. Port forward in the unspecified Linksys router port 666 to the IP
address of your desktop.
3. Your desktop *MUST* have a static (fixed) IP address for this to
work. Similarly, the WAN side IP address of your unspecified Linksys
wireless router must have a static (fixed) IP address.
Look into "port triggering" in BOTH routers. Again, you will need to
setup port triggering in BOTH routers.
However, I would change everything to a more manageable setup.
There's no need for two routers. The Actiontec 701G seems to have no
way to disable the router section. So, you're stuck with using it. I
suggest you convert your unspecified model Linksys wireless router
into just an access point (no router). To do this:
1. Setup the IP address of the Linksys to be accessible but not
duplicated by the Actiontec. For example, if the Actiontec is
192.168.0.1, then the Linksys IP should be 192.168.0.2.
2. Disable the DHCP server in the Linksys.
3. Ignore the WAN port on the Linksys.
4. Connect a CAT5 cable between a LAN port on the Actiontec and a LAN
port on the Linksys. You may need to create a cross-over cable if the
built in switches are not auto-polarity sensing or do not have an
MDI/MXDI switch or port.
The Linksys is now just an access point. None of its router
configuration does anything because there's nothing connected to the
WAN port. All your port forwarding and port triggering are done in
An alternative to the above is to totally discard the Actiontec and do
everything in the Linksys. You will need to purchase a DSL modem.
About $15-$40 on eBay. That's what I would do. Incidentally, the
aforementioned complications is why I usually recommend a "component"
system consisting of separate modem, router, and wireless.
- posted 16 years ago