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What firmware should I install (54GL)

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by AlexSK, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. AlexSK

    AlexSK Guest


    So I've just bought the WRT54GL, and I wanted to ask if there is some Firmware that is "must have".

    I'm getting an Apple macbook in a few days, so I can't really test the wireless connection, but I would like to be ready to use it when TNT delivers it.

    Therefore I just want to ask what I should install (if it's even needed, I'm not that demanding I think).

    And one more, about port-forwarding.
    When i forward a port, it doesn't seem to have any effect in BitComet. It's like I forward it, but in BitComet it still says that I need to check NAT (what is it actually) or firewall.

    I have Cable, and my IP isn't the one that is written under port-forwarding. It says something like 192.x.x.x but my IP when I check status is : 80.x.x.x

    Maybe I'm protected by a "big" firewall from my ISP? I didn't want to try to port-forward my old router, it had the same problem, but thought that when I got a new one it would be easy.

    Hope that any of you can help me.

    Best regards,


    P.S. The router is used with a Xbox360 too, just so you know!!
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    where do you "check status"?
    NAT stands for Network Address Translation. This is the principle that allows you to share an internet connection with a router.
    Basically, an IP is your address online. When you request data, you give your IP to the server and the server will send the data to that address. In your case, you have 2 IPs: one public (held by the router) and one private (for the computer). The router keeps track of your demands and pass the results from the servers to your computer. However, when people connect spontaneously (with no request from you, like in a p2p), the router needs to know what to do. This is why you set port forwarding: you tell the router that any request on that port will be sent to a given computer.

    So, to do port forwarding, you need:
    - your computer on a fixed IP address (192.168.x.x type)
    - decide the port
    - configure the router to forward that port to the given static address.

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