I'm working for a customer who has Verizon DSL here in Pennsylvania, and they want to go wireless in their offices. So I set the customer up with a Linksys WRT54G compact router. Now I've set Linksys routers up dozens of times before, with relatively no problems.
Now the first tricky thing with the Verizon Westel hardware is that it uses the 192.168.1.1 for its own internal admin -- so the Linksys setup wizard was smart enough to use 192.168.2.1 for the Linksys admin. So the router is now setup and connected to the DSL modem, and I do have an outgoing connection to the internet while plugged into the router.
However, the oddest thing is now happening when I try to send email from the customer's email client. The email client (outlook express) does login to the SMTP server as it should be, and passes authentication -- but then when it tries to send the outgoing mail, it never quite finishes and just times out eventually. BUT... when plugged directly into the Westel DSL modem, this problem does NOT exist
--- it's only when plugged into the Linksys WRT54G.
Verizon does require user authentication with their outgoing SMTP, and the settings in the email client ARE correct. So that's not the problem here --- the problem seems to be a port 25 issue when connected to the router.
I've logged into the router admin countless times now, and disabled the internal firewall. I've also disabled the computer's firewall to make sure it wasn't on the PC side --- but this strange outgoing mail problem still remains.
Has anyone seen this before with a Verizon DSL connection connected to a router?? Any suggested settings on the router side to make sure outgoing port 25 traffic flows??
Many thanks in advance, KG