I have a Qwest DSL connection with an Actiontec (701 I think) router. In my network there are a few servers (VMS, LINUX, Win 2003) and a few XP Pro PC's. All were originally connected through a switch to the Actiontec. I have the wireless service disabled. My problem is that I now have roommates with PC's, one of them being pretty much computer-illiterate, and I don't want to expose my machines to whatever they might pick up on the internet. I have a Linksys BEFR81 8 port router that I bought in order to isolate my portion of the network. So far, getting out to the net works great on any of my machines. However, I am now having trouble getting back to them from outside on the net. (I frequently telnet in from work.)
My question is mainly a configuration one-- what would be the best way to configure the Actiontec and the Linksys?
Here's a little background:
When I had the Actiontec only, I had all my machines set up with static IP's and used port forwarding to allow access to HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, telnet and P2P on a couple of different machines. The roommates are using DHCP. The adress range was the default: 192.168.0.x.
When I first added the Linksys router, I put all my machines on the Linksys with static IP's (in order to use the port forwarding). The Linksys address range is also it's default: 192.168.1.x. I gave the Linksys WAN address a static IP: 192.168.0.2. I then added all the port forwarding setting that were in the Actiontec to the Linksys (with the new addresses, of course). I then changed all the port forwarding settings on the Actiontec to forward to the Linksys 192.168.0.2.
from any machine and from my PC I can get to the Linksys management page as well as the Actiontec management page. The only thing that's not working is access from the outside.
One thing I am curions about is the DMZ feature. Should I have set up the Linksys IP (192.168.0.2) as a DMZ address in the Actiontec?
Based on what I am trying to accomplish, is this the best way to do it?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.