I recently switched ISPs and the new one seems to do something a bit weird. It is through a dish that just gives me a ethernet cable with internet. The dish handles all the connection stuff (if I plug the cable into my laptop it just works) and handles assigning all the local IP addresses (the DHCP server in the router has to be turned to DHCP FORWARDER).
The strange part (or at least what sounds strange to me) is that the Internet cable CANNOT be plugged into the Internet port. The Internet is working!!! But the router is not correctly seeing it; So it is not logging bandwidth used, it does not show the WAN IP through the router interface, I lose a port, and it is just generally all round annoying.
Is this normal? Is there a setting I can change to fix some/all of these annoyances? Can you explain why it is like this?
Thanks for any and all help.
Technical Info: WRT54GL v1.1, with standard recommended DD-WRT installed. NOT that this should matter, except if you want to offer specific resolution answers.
Partial Solution: The default DDWTR configuration sets the WAN port to a separate vlan as the other ports. Changing this so that all ports are on a single vlan allows the use of the WAN port. This does not solve the router is not logging bandwidth use or showing my WAN ip, etc. issues.
Also, at least in DDWRT, it appeared like I am supposed to set Operating Mode to "Router". "Operating Mode: If the router is hosting your Internet connection, select Gateway mode. If another router exists on your network, select Router mode." But I do not know if this solved anything, as it was working in Gateway mode, and continues to work in Router mode.