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post #1 of 9
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*I'm not the most network inclined person so bear with me.

So I tried playing Chivalry with a buddy and finally got fed up of having a strict NAT on my PC which wasn't allowing me to join a lot of servers. I know I am probably going to have to start doing port forwarding, which I am okay with, but I am wondering if I have a double NAT going on.

I currently have a ZyXel Pk5000z as my ISP provided modem/router which has the wireless turned off as I am trying to only use it as a modem. I also have a Netgear WNDR3700 which I use as my router for both my PC and my wireless devices. The Netgear is plugged into the ZyXel which is then plugged into the cable. The only issues I have had with this setup has been NAT issues.

What issues do you guys with experience see with this setup and what would you change or do to make it a more effective network.
post #2 of 9
Unless the Zyxel has been configured otherwise (and no, turning off the wireless does not cut it) you are definitely double NATing.
    
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That is what I was thinking was happening. Would there be any real risk of opening the NAT on the Zyxel? Would that actually solve the issue of double NATing or am I going to have to find a way to disable the NAT completely? Maybe DMZing on the Zyxel too?
post #4 of 9
Well the 3700 does have a SPI Firewall so it should be fine.
Removing double natting removes the problem of needing port forwarding on the first machine and the second machine.
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So would opening the NAT on the Zyxel stop the double NATing or would there be more then that that I have to do?
post #6 of 9
You should be able to put the Zyxel device in bridge mode and then have your 3700 handle the PPPoE session (you'd have to put your DSL credentials on the 3700).

That should make the first device simply act like a modem, and the WNDR would effectively be the WAN facing device, removing the redundant layer of NAT in your network.
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Figured out how to bridge the Zyxel so the double NAT should no longer be a problem. Thanks guys for the help!

Now my next question is would you guys install DD-WRT to the Netgear? Is there really any advantage to this? I have about 6 devices connected to it; PC, two laptops, and some phone, and I am wanting to connect an external harddrive as a network drive after I reformat it to ext3. Would there really be any advantages to DD-WRT? I am quite unfamiliar with it.
post #8 of 9
DD-WRT does have some benefits. Features more features like Samba, and other file sharing services.

I'm currently running Gargoyle http://www.gargoyle-router.com/ on my WNDR3700v2.
Gives me per host Bandwidth Distribution, USB Printer Sharing, and etc.

It's really up to you like after I switched over my total simultaneous connections went from 4096 to 16K better for P2P.
So it's really up to you if you want get more features out of your router or a bit more performance then try out a custom firmware.
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Well thank you guys again. Just got off the phone with customer support because I didn't have the PPP password and apparently your entire internet experience fails when you don't have that. rolleyes.gif
But I now have the modem in bridge mode and the router seems to be doing fine. If the router doesn't want to play nice with my external maybe I'll look into 3rd party firmware. You guys are a major help to us networking newbies!
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