The short question is: Why can't I access the Internet when I plug my cable modem directly into my laptop? Normally, I have a lynksis wireless router & a network. When I plug the cable modem through the router I am able to connect.
The long question is: I don't want to go through the router because I'm running a test trying to access my work through Cisco Systems VPN Client. I get a, "The remote peer is not responding" message when trying to connect through my router. I read that this could be due to a firewall in my lynksis network which does not allow ports 500 & 10000. So I tried to forwarding those ports in my lynksis set-up & still got the error message. So now I'm trying to connect without lynksis to rule out the possibility that a firewall is preventing me from connecting to the VPN.