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:
- Port forward in the ActionTec port 666 to the IP address of the WAN side of the unspecified Linksys model wireless router.
- Port forward in the unspecified Linksys router port 666 to the IP address of your desktop.
- 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:
- Setup the IP address of the Linksys to be accessible but not duplicated by the Actiontec. For example, if the Actiontec is
- Disable the DHCP server in the Linksys.
- Ignore the WAN port on the Linksys.
- 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 the Actiontec.
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.