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How do I setup the Actiontec MI424RW router in bridge mode so I can connect it to my Netgear UTM?

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I recently had Verizon FIOS install the triple play package at my job but now I am running into an issue since I need to connect it directly to my router since it handles everything on the network. I also have a static IP with FIOS since I have a VPN between two locations.

How do I setup the Actiontec MI4224RW Rev.I to bridge mode so I can plug it directly into my WAN port on my Netgear UTM 25? Is there a adapter I can install to complete this or does it have to be done on the Actiontec router?

I have read several articles on how to do this but don't want to reset it to factory default since it may not work as planned in bridge mode.
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The following links have instructions/discussions for setting an ActionTec into bridge mode:
However, you should be able to leave the ActionTec in routing mode (allowing you easier access for administration and diagnostics from the inside). It would have the static IP and your regular router would have another static IP as well. You should be able to configure the ActionTec to forward VPN traffic to the router as a local or DMZ server for that service. The ActionTec should have no problem connecting to the WAN or Internet port of the router, either directly or via a switch.

Note: If you use a switch between the ActionTec and the internal router, you can also put up a "guest WiFi" that has no access to your internal LAN but is still behind at least one level of NAT and some security as a result.

 - Tom
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Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply. I was able to get my internal router Internet access on the WAN port but it is pulling a local IP off of the Verizon router. So there is basically two routers now but don't want this configuration. The problem is that I need the static IP to be on the WAN port of my local router since I have a VPN between two locations. The dslreport link won't work for me since I have CAT5e going into the WAN port on the Verizon router and not COAX.
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Sorry that I missed your response earlier.  Were you able to get the ActionTec into bridge mode?

In general, the medium of the connection, Coax/CAT5e, should not matter.  However, if it is an indicator of a specific model, then I get your point.

 - Tom
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