I am trying to open ports or bridge these two in order to play certain games and file transfers. I have tried every guide and cannot get through. I have one desktop(the one im currently using) hardwired in and then another desktop as well as a laptop connected wirelessly. I would really appreciate any help! Thank you, Paula
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Who is your ISP (internet service provider)? Anyway, it is possible to get your set up working. ZyXel is the DSL modem gateway and Linksys, your router/wifi. If you are able to get online by hooking up directly to the Zyxel, then it is possible to add the Linksys to the system. Dont hook up the Zyxel to the Internet port of Linksys just yet. First you have to configure the Linksys by connecting your PC to it with a cable. Boot up the PC. Open web browser and enter the address 192.168.1.1 and hit enter. This is the default address of the Linksys. username = admin and no password. It is probably the same as the Zyxel which causes the conflict. The first set up page may look something like this below. Change the LAN IP address from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.2.1 Then click apply...From now on the Linksys IP address is 192.168.2.1. Now you can connect the Linksys internet port to the Zyxel. Reboot the Linksys and Zyxel.
Your PC should be on the internet after that. To check/setup wifi, you need to log back into the Linksys using the new adress x.x.2.1
well to start, your connection would possibly be ADSL and your zyxel is set to provide DHCP address on your network, so its router capabilities could be turned on.
if this is true, you may need to rework the connection settings.
here's a recommendation:
1.set your modem to bridge mode (bridge only)
2.this will then be allowing your linksys to manage your DSL connection through PPPoE
3.after so, your linksys router should get a public IP address for an internet IP when you go to status tab (not an IP address starting with 192.168.1.xx)
after so, you may reconfigure your port-forwarding.
the reason why you will need to set your modem to "bridged" only is that if it is not, your zyxel's firewall is also turned on, provided that the linksys' firewall is always on. so even if you define which port will be opened on the router, it will still be blocked by the modem's firewall.