RV016 and AIM

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by adamamesf, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. adamamesf

    adamamesf LI Guru Member

    Hi guys, I have 5 Qwest DSL modems through PPPoE using an RV016. AIM works off and on with the internet. I have tried port triggering, but can't seem to get it to work off that either. I used ports 5190 and 443, but it just stopped working period. Any help would be great.
  2. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    UPnP enabled on the router? I've setup a few 016 units at clients...I know their AIM works...I can see the staff of some online right now. No opening/forwarding of ports is needed, it's client based, you open/forward ports when running a server and wish to make those services avail on the pub side.
  3. adamamesf

    adamamesf LI Guru Member

    UPnP was disabled, should it be enabled? I enabled it, but it didn't help. Do I have to add AIM ports or anything to it?
  4. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Nope..you don't have to open/forward ports for an IM client to function. In my hundreds and hundreds of router installs....I've never, ever, done anything with ports to get IM clients to run.

    5x Quest modems...sounds like you're using the multiple WAN feature of the RV0? Here's one thing...AIM client hates IP changes. I use Trillian for my IM since I have accounts on MSN, Yahoo IM, ICQ, and AIM. Throughout the day as I jump through VPN tunnels...my public IP address changes constantly. The AIM component of Trillian always balks with a popup error each time I enter or depart a VPN.

    I bet that's the root of your problem...as your router load balances across the 5x WAN IPs.
  5. adisor19

    adisor19 Network Guru Member

    This router is known to suck at loadbalancing and it's not because the switch between IP adresses. It's because the connection table is very small eventhough the router has 64MB ram. As soon as i used to Bittorrent something on mine, my MSN would go crazy signing in and out all the time. Basically, it's a good pice of hardware but the software that runs out it = pure crap.

    The load balancing implementation = total crap as well. I never got more then 2.5 - 2.8 Mbps with 3 WAN connections totalling more then 16Mbps.

    I replaced mine with a Xincom XC-DPG502 and all these issues are history :) I now loadbalance easilly (although only 2 connections..) to 8 - 10 Mbps and i've seen it go higher where there are lots of seeds.

  6. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    I think the AIM problem is because the load balancing is causing the AIM server to see you coming from multiple IPs (yes Adi, it *is* because of the IP switch). This also interferes with other session based apps. The way to fix it is to protocol bind AIM and other sensitive apps to a particular WAN port. Failover still works if that WAN port goes down.

    Torrent issues is something very different but not something I care about in the least.
  7. adamamesf

    adamamesf LI Guru Member

    PAblito, thanks for your help, but I am new to the RV016, could you explain how to bind the ports to the certain WAN port?
  8. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    In the System Management / Dual-Wan tab (RV082, might be different on the 16) go to Protocol Binding at the bottom. Choose the desired Service (add it under Service Management if it isn't in the list), range of internal IPs (1-254 if everyone), leave destination at 0.0 and then choose the desired WAN port. Click enable and Add to List. Save it and viola.

    This is how I use Load Balancing mode. Acts more like Smart Link Backup but I can route specific things to/from specific WAN ports.
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