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Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

I thought I would start off with a question I have about an issue I am facing. I am living out of the country some times of the year and I find that I need my VPN to be used in order to get full access to all the Internet services I am used to when I live in the United States.

The ISP here uses a Huawei HG8245H5 router. That router is a router that connects directly to a fiber optic cable from the street then it converts it to Ethernet. It has 4 switch ports on the back of the device and two antennas.

I connected a Linksys BEFVP41 VPN router to it. I had to connect my computer directly to the Linksys to configure it at first so I could put it into the same subnet as the switch ports on the Huawei.

Now when I connect my computer using Wifi to the Huawei; I can now login to the Linksys user configuration GUI interface.

When it was successful; it was because I had the Linksys connected to the Huawei through one of the Linksys switch ports.

But that is not how it has to be connected. The Huawei is the source of the Internet for the LAN, so I need the Huawei to be connected from one of the Huawei switch ports to the Linksys "Internet Port"; not a Linksys switch port.

Does anyone have any idea why it won't connect through the Linksys Internet Port, but I can connect via the Linksys switch ports? Is there configuration setting that must be set on the Linksys and or the Huawei that must be set.

The ideal setup would be Fiber Optic from Street>>>>>Huawei router>>>>>Huawei switch port>>>>>Ethernet Cable>>>>Linksys Internet Port>>>>>Linksys switch port/ports >>>>>Ethernet cable/cables>>>>Computer or Roku or Smart TV.

I have narrowed down the problem to the connection between the Huawei and the Linksys. It is some configuration in one or both of them. It has nothing to do with the other devices at this point, because I never even connected those devices yet. There's no point in doing that if I cannot get the Huawei to connect to the Linksys Internet Port.

Thanks for your help. I appreciate any ideas that will help fix this situation short of having to buy new equipment.

RE: Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

You weren't specific about what doesn't work when you are connected one way vs. the other (VPN connection??). What are you connecting to on the other end (a router at another residence in the U.S.)?

You are connecting a router behind a router and that is never a good idea. I would drop the Linksys device altogether and use a VPN from someone like NordVPN.

RE: Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

Premature posting.

When you integrated the Linksys into the Huawei network, did you do the following?
Turn the router function OFF (not sure if there is an option for it on this router)
Give Linksys a static IP on Huawei network. (Would be something like changing Gateway >>>> router in advanced settings)
Set DNS and Gatweay to Huawei router ip address
Turn DHCP OFF on the Linksys
Plug Huawei into Linksys ETHERNET port
Plug computer into Linksys ethernet

You said this worked? You can leave it this way if it works and it's not a problem. There is still only one network vs. when you have the Linksys in default configuration and have the Huawei plugged into the Linksys INTERNET port.

RE: Linksys VPN Router connectivity to ISP modem/router issue

Try using other VPN services you can choose on this site. There is a list of free VPNs which are quite effective. Well, it helps me when I have connection problems.

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