[Novalug] frustration finding the ultimate home server router/firewall
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Sat Feb 17 10:25:34 EST 2007
On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, Ed T. Toton III wrote:
> Thus spake Paul:
>> My latest venture in a different router is the Netgear FVS114.
>> I really don't know how a company gets away with selling
>> garbage like this. [...] Then it only allows a pre-defined set
>> of forwarding ports and no customizing at all.
> Very odd. I have an older one, the FR114P, and I've never had
> issues with the web interface from firefox or IE. [...]
> Mine also has a pre-determined list of ports, but you can
> easily add anything you want to that list, including ranges of
> ports. I'd be surprised that newer models would lack that
> feature. It was however on a separate menu.
> I've been pretty happy with my netgear products so far. Most of
> what I use is part of their SOHO line these days. I haven't
> tried the funky white-plastic cased products, just their
> traditional blue-metal boxes.
My current one is the MBR814, available only through ISPs
(according to Netgear), which has a whitish case. I've had it
since autumn (late September iirc), and had no trouble.
It's true that I hollered for help from my ISP (which was
promptly forthcoming) the first time I wanted to open up ports
for my first use of bittorrent; but that worked fine, and it has
let me change the rules, the schedule applying them, and the
ports themselves, pretty much at will.
The only trouble I've found is that neither I nor my
contact at my ISP has been able to change the username. I can
call my wireless network what I want, but I have to log into the
router itself as admin. (I'd rather use a passphrase -- first
letters of a line of poetry in a language other than English --
for that, and the same with a different language for the actual
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