I have a Verizon connection, with a private ISP that uses a static IP address. So, I don't need PPPoE setups, etc. I want to install a Linksys router with an 8-port switch [model BEFSR81]. However, I'm at a loss as to how to set up the Westell 2200 modem that Verizon supplied. I've tried setting it to just Bridge mode, but that doesn't work since the router doesn't recognize that it's connected to the Internet. It works OK set up in the Routed Bridge mode. But, since all my ports are on the router, I need to use it. Obviously I haven't set up something right.
Do I need to disable DHCP in the Westell 2200? Is there something else that needs tweaking either on the modem or router? There are a lot of options that I'm not comfortable with changing without knowing what I'm doing. As an example, since the Linksys comes configured as192.168.1.1, wouldn't this cause a conflict with the Westell? If so, do I need to change it? And if so, to what?
I find a lot of this sort of confusing. I'd set up our network with an older frame-relay modem/system from Verizon and everything worked just fine. Obviously the Westell modem is a lot more sophisticated.