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Stubborn/Evil Router problems.

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Okay, our old DSL modem died a few months ago, but our Router was just fine and we weren't able to get a new DSL modem easily. We had to buy a Zoom ADSL modem/wireless router because it was all that was available at Best Buy. I've been having problems with that router for months, but now it has gone too far when it blocked me out of StarCraft II. I've been tempted to open it up and soldier a few parts together with some wire to short it out just so my dad would have to buy a replacement that actually works.

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 the router's default IP is 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.)
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Flashing the firmware may be your best bet and it won't cost any money. Just follow the directions carefully and make sure that you flash the firmware from a wired port and not wirelessly. I honestly doubt it is a setting. Your problems vary too much.

Try that and let me know how it goes.
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