The cool people in tech support suggested that I post this and I will.
Don’t ever buy a Belkin brand router. The firewall is so flawed and has been for the past 2 years. Recently, I decided to go wireless and picked out the Pre N router and bus card. Wider coverage, less interference, 108mbps and soon to be approved by summer 2006. Found a great deal at Costco for $199 and a $50 off coupon. Tried it out at home and worked great. Tried the bus card on the road in a hotel with a “b” networked and noticed a 12% increase in speed. Received great reviews.
Then on Sunday, I tried to use a simple FTP transfer to my web server. Small files seem to work (less than 6kb) but my ftp transfers would time out on larger files.
Puzzled, I contacted Dreamhost techsupport. I also checked my ftp client and everything was the same. I then contacted Belkin and they couldn’t understand it. The csr suggested I get the range of the ports my computer was using and suggested I place my computer outside of the firewall for ftp transfers. He didn’t understand how dynamic ftp clients work.
You got to be kidding! He said this was the only way this was going to work.
I hung up, then checked the system logs. The firewall and router recorded my ftp transfer attempts as DoS attacks! I then did a Google search. One suggested that a firmware upgrade was necessary, which I had already done.
Further searching came up with the real problem. Belkin has had this problem for over 2 years. Two years? And they can’t get something as basic as ftp transfers to work instead of making them look like DoS attacks.
Fortunately, I saved all the packaging and got my refund. Decided on a Netgear wireless router (model WGT 624) and bus card (model WG511T). Anyone know of any problems with Netgear’s firewall or any other Netgear problems?