Help with WAN access using Verizon Hotspot and Linksys Router

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My WAN / LAN configuration is as follows:

WAN - Verizon Mifi Hotspot (By design, it operates as a cellular modem and as a wifi router)

Linksys EA6350 Router - The router uses an IOGear Wifi - Ethernet adapter to "connect" to the Verizon Hotspot.  The Wifi - Ethernet adapter is plugged into the WAN port on the router.  This hardware configuration works extremely well for a fairly high number of devices in our RV for Internet access with, until now, zero "special" configuration settings needed.

FlexRadio 6400 - Ethernet connected to one of the four LAN ports on the Linksys router.

Trying to "come in" from the outside using Dogpark on the MacBook Pro (2019 model), or SmartSDR on the iPhone I CAN SEE the radio, but I can not connect to it.  Something in the configuration of the Verizon modem/router or the configuration of the Linksys router is keeping the connection from happening.

I have been working with very talented support at FlexRadio, and it was suggested by them that I bring my problem to this forum to see if anyone has made this Verizon / Linksys (or any other router for that matter) / FlexRadio 6400 configuration work for remote use of their beautiful radio.  If you have, any guidance to the appropriate screens and any settings that need to be entered on either the Verizon setup or the Linksys setup or both would be highly appreciated.
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K7JV

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Thank you, Alan.  That looks like an interesting device.  I wish I'd tumbled onto that several years ago, as it might very well have been a much better solution for our RV cellular internet connectivity.  It is a fairly robust price tag, but if it works, that might be a direction for me to consider.  If it turns out that having my Verizon router in "series" with my Linksys router is in fact the issue, I'll research your idea further.

I'm not totally sure that I've not lost sight of the trees for the forest.  We are in our RV and just a couple of days from ending our 2019-2020 snowbird experience.  I purchased the FlexRadio after experiencing it at the Yuma Hamfest the last two February's, and have been trying to make friends with it in the RV so I'll be ready to go with it when we get home.  That's where I ran into the Verizon and possible mulitiple NAT issues.  But that may not be a problem when we get home where the radio is going to live, permanently.  So maybe I'm exhausting a huge amount of energy and fretting over a problem that will no longer exist.  I so hope that is the case.  (Our home ISP is CenturyLink and it is a fiber-optic high-speed DSL connection.  Man, it will be nice to be off of Verizon for primary data for a while!!!)

I'll know a lot more by Tuesday.  Thank you so much for your suggestion, and I will keep your information and check it out if it turns out I still have the problem.  Cheers, and thanks again!