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Offline dranonymous

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« Posted 2004-09-05 22:22:02 »

I have a Zyxel router, which is about 3 years old.  I ocasionally have problems with net games on my PS2 and have had issues with video conferencing on my PC.

CompuUSA is having a sale where you can get a 802.11b router for $20 (US) or an 802.11g for $30.  The models are -


My question is - does anyone have either of these routers?  I would not need to get a wireless card right away, as I already have my home wired.  I don't want to go buy one of these, just to discover I have some of the same issues with NAT that I do now.

Does anyone have any advice on a replacement router for home use?  I have an IP assigned via DHCP from my ISP.  The problems I seem to have are when my outbound packets get translated with NAT.  The original source port gets swapped with a new port number, which apparently doesn't work with some network apps.

Ideas?  Suggestions?   Huh

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Offline swpalmer

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2004-09-09 00:26:36 »

I have the MR814,  I like it.  It works well, handles updating my dynamic IP through or whatever it is.  The config pages are better than I have seen with LinkSys.

But for $10 more I would get the 802.11g version.

Offline cfmdobbie

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2004-09-09 08:37:02 »

I've heard great things about the LinkSys routers, but have no direct experience with them.  I've personally got a D-Link DSL-604+, and can't really recommend it because of the hassles it's given me.

I do agree, however, that the extra $10 for 802.11g is well worth it.  Wireless isn't exactly performant, so the faster your hardware, the less slowdown you'll notice! Grin

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Offline dranonymous

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2004-09-09 16:51:09 »

Ok dokey!  Thanks for the input.  I tried the g version, as a friend had one to lend me.  I still seem to have some issues with Netmeeting, ie it won't connect to the phone directory.  I haven't tried with games for the PS2 yet.

That will probably determine what happens.

Thanks for the info!

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Offline oNyx

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2004-09-09 20:10:13 »

Some applications needs port forwarding. Eg if you run an FTP server you need tcp port 21 (or whatever) forwarded to you. Netmeeting is somewhat tricky... there was a special Netmeeting module for my router (it's a single floppy linux router) Wink

But I guess that you'll need at least some ports forwarded in order to get it working.

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Offline dranonymous

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2004-09-09 23:06:47 »

Yeah, I've opened some ports on my router, but it doesn't seem to fix the problem.  From what I understand the network interchange is this -

A sends to B - The A source port gets swapped during the NAT process.

B responds to A using the new source port - The router picks up the packet and swaps the packet data, then sends it to A.

B now thinks its supposed to always send on port x - It now sends to A on port x.  The problem is that the router now dumps the packets, because there wasn't a request from A to B for the new data.


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