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    Port forwarding via Sygate personal firewall (?)

    I'm told that to get
    * an external connection
    * over the internet
    * to a business PC
    * which uses an AOL broadband ADSL connection,
    I need to have Port Forwarding done by Sygate ICS, since AOL is said to block the port-forwarding for port 8000, the one we want to use instead of port 80.

    This facility appears to be to be provided by "Sygate Personal Firewall Pro".

    Does this sound correct? Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Do *I* know what I'm talking about?...

    Thanks!

    John

    PS Another suggestion was a modem router which could do the port forwarding. But only certain of these are alleged to work with AOL...
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    Re: Port forwarding via Sygate personal firewall (?)

    And the best solution is...


    ...move to a more flexible ISP.

    StuartR

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    Re: Port forwarding via Sygate personal firewall (

    Stuart

    I'm afraid it's a given, 2 months into a 12-month contract.

    My general advice is to avoid AOL like the plague, but I wasn't asked...

    John
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    Re: Port forwarding via Sygate personal firewall (?)

    John,

    Go to the Sygate Product Forums and search the SPF Pro forum for "AOL". You should get a long list to examine.

    Joe
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    Re: Port forwarding via Sygate personal firewall (

    John,

    I got this info, "Sygate Home Network offers an "AppRule" feature that permits specified software to pass certain traffic to designated computers behind the Sygate Home Network firewall." here and a step-by-step configuration setup, with screenshots, of Sygate here. Nothing is mentioned about specific problems with AOL that I can find. I'll keep at it.

    A while later..... I'm going to add this here and suggest that you lock that other thread to avoid cross postings.

    Found this tidbit, "The problem lies in how AOL issues IP addresses when you connect. When you are connecting with the DSL modem only, you are authenticating through a different type of server (broadband) than when you are connecting with the router and DSL modem (MSL), or with a dial-up modem (analog). Also, due to AOL using virtual (or private) IP addresses for the WAN IP, many game servers will not communicate correctly since they are looking for a real (or public) IP address. We have tested this router with connections other than AOL (different ISP's), and had no problems when making these connections, but then we tried using the same setup using AOL as the ISP, these types of problems were encountered due to the private IP's that AOL uses, and whatever the settings are in their MSL servers. This is not a problem in the router, but rather a problem in the MSL servers and the use of private IP's for your connection used by AOL.", here.

    Although this forum is talking about gaming, it seems that you're going to have yourself quite a time getting past AOL's virtual IP Addresses.
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