I was about to go on Amazon to buy my own CenturyLink branded fiber modem (Arris C2100T) to replace the one I am renting from the ISP (Arris C3000T), but then I read here on SuperUser that I might not even need their modem at all. My whole objective here is to save money, so obviously it'd be ideal if I could simply not replace the modem, but rather just stop renting it from CenturyLink. After all, I have the ISP rented modem in bridge-mode, so (as I understand it) it's essentially doing nothing. Here is my current setup:
- ISP fiber-to-ethernet handoff/converter (Calix 716GE-i R2 ONT)
- CenturyLink fiber modem (Arris C3000T) in bridge mode
- My Cisco ASA 5505 router (full support for 802.1q VLAN tagging)
I already know my PPPoE credentials and am using them on the WAN port of the Cisco ASA. However, I am not doing any VLAN tagging. Do I just need to setupu VLAN tagging (ID 201) on the WAN port of my Cisco ASA, as the aforementioned SU post suggests? Of course I can (and will) simply try this out, but I want to get ahead of any potential pitfalls before I go attempting changes on my WAN link.
Update 1: Tried setting VLAN 201 on the WAN link (Eth0/0) of my ASA: no joy, could not obtain an IP. PPPoE did seem to authenticate fine, however. I am missing something, but not sure what as of yet.