a little advice please...

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hvactech

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Hi,
I have cable broadband and I need to expand my home network. Currently I have a combo cable modem/wireless gateway, make = Motorola Surfboard wireless N and I want to add FVS318v3 prosafe firewall/switch. Presently I only need the extra wired ethernet ports but will at some point want to use VPN. Can I wire the FVS318v3 in from a lan port on the wireless gateway to the wan/internet port on the FVS318v3 and if so do I need to enable bridge mode on the wireless gateway. Will enabling the bridge mode on the wireless gateway disable DHCP on the gateway? Or, should I start from scratch and get a dedicated cable modem and wire my FVS318v3 directly off modem?

Oh, BTW -- I"m running windows 7 premium -- my ip address controlled by ISP via DHCP (which brings up another subject - upgrading to business will allow me to get a static IP, is that something I need to do in order to use VPN?)

Thanks for the help!
 
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