OH, also, I'm reading about needing to clone the MAC address from the modem to the router. I've seen conflicting suggestions on how to do that. One says that you take the MAC from the label on the modem, go to the linksys setup, enable MAC Cloning, enter in the address, and click save. SOmething else said to check the modem status page, copy down THAT mac address, and enter it the same way. Then there's a button on the linksys setup page that is labeled "CLONE ADDRESS" and it puts in some other mac address into the field. Do I need to do this, and what is the proper way to do it? THANKS!
Shawn - my model number is XXXXX I'll try setting it up the way you just said and seeing if I can release the IP address. I see the release button in the modem setup screens, but I've read that it doesn't really release it - it just immediately reacquires. Can I tell how long until it releases by the time left on the lease on the system monitoring (modem) screen? it is timing down.
okay, shawn, I'm gonna try these suggestions. It may take me a while to see if I can get it up and running, but I'll be sure to come back and accept your answer when it does! Thanks for your help - you did clear up the issues for me so at least I know waht needs to get done, and the likely methods of making that happen! Thanks!
One more quick question - the instructions you showed me, said to leave the mode on "routed bridge" and everything else i've seen says both protocol and mode should be simply "bridge". Are those instructions accurate, to use bridge protocol, but routed bridge mode? THanks!
Okay, did the bridge/bridge combo, with the mac address from the westell put into the linksys, and the private lan unchecked. turned everything off, and waited a little over 2 hours. power cycled back on and didn't have internet connection, plus could not communicate with westell anymore (after directly connecting cable from it to pc and power cycling both) until I manually reset the modem then power cycled it and the pc. I will give it a try with the bridge/routed bridge combination, although that doesn't seem like it would work, but I will try just to be thorough. ANy more suggestions would be very helpful. We're heading out for a few hours, so I will set it up, leave and try it when we get home, then get back on here and check in again. Thanks.
alternately, are there any 3rd party routers out now that will work with no hassles with verizon and this westell modem, that are also reliable with other networks (we get transferred all the time, and the next one is coming up within the next couple of months)? I am ready to just go find a best buy, LOL!