First thing I noticed with the new router was that port forwarding wasn't really working properly. I run a game server for StarCraft, WarCraft II and Diablo that operates at TCP/UDP ports 6112. It worked before on our old router. I set up the router to forward all packets coming from outside connections on port 6112 to my server (addressed 10.0.0.25) the router's default IP is 10.0.0.2 which it's still at. Anyway, I can't seem to get a connection when I set up the firewall to allow packets through 6112. I was about ready to give up. One thought, although it sounds unlikely, is that the router may have problems with Linux (I run Fedora core 7 on my server.)
Second problem is that my router will randomly block out a few websites that I frequent (web comics, forums and StarCraft II's website.) The trick was that if I didn't attempt to connect for a few days and re-connect a few days after my last failed attempt, I would have no problem getting to it, but then I would get blocked out ten to twenty minutes later for another few days (sometimes I get disconnected while I'm typing a post on a forum and I don't find out until I try to preview or post it.)
Another minor issue is that the router refuses connections from my little brother's Nintendo DS. According to my dad, many people have had the same problem. This one isn't as big because my brother doesn't know how to connect his DS to the Internet anyway.
I have a few ideas on how to fix this problem and I need your opinions:
1) A firmware update will fix this. I want to avoid firmware updates because I have bad luck with technology and I don't want to brick the router and get yelled at for it.
2) I will have to buy a new DSL modem and we can go back to our router that works.
3) It is possible I missed a security setting somewhere.
4) Find a way to make the DSL modem/router stop acting like a router so I can use our old router instead.
Basically, if I am to replace the router. I need suggestions on cheap (under $50) DSL modems able to support a 3Mbps up/512Kbps down DSL connection that DON'T have a built in router (unless it's a Linksys or D-Link.)