I recently switched from Comcast to Verizon's Fios with 20mb down and 5mb up. They gave me an Actiontec MI-424WR modem/router. The firmware looks great as far as how everything is organized and all the options I'd want are all there.
However it won't allow other people to connect to my web server! I've set the firewall to it's lowest setting, disabled windows firewall (all of course simply for troubleshooting). I've manually allowed the HTTP port (80) to be accessible. There is a DMZ Host option that lets me set a single computer to be fully exposed to the internet. There is advanced filtering which had several deny filters in that I deleted. I've even manually added a friend's IP address just in case the port triggering labels were backwards (local access being remote and vice versa). I've gone through every single page and ripped down any and all other obstacle looking settings, reset the device and repeated. I've called Verizon's tech support which said of course that it's not within their range of support. Actiontec's website was as helpful as an iceberg to the Titanic.
There are no other firewalls in XP besides the disabled built in one and it has a specific exception for Apache. Any suggestions?
I spent a few hours this morning to figure that out the hard way. Comcast did not block port 80 so I'm upset. Luckily the business account only costs an extra $10 which I'm not wild about paying. I can access my own IP as a web server but no one else can no matter how insecure the router is which again is the ISP's doing. They will be coming out to upgrade the account tomorrow and I'll post how it goes.
System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/webmaster_hardware/3309505.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 5:10 pm on April 12, 2007 (utc +1) I canceled Verizon Fios. The sales people kept saying port 80/Apache was not blocked on whatever would cost me more money. I had five Verizon workers here and all that was missing under the hot Florida sun was a keg and a couple bands.
Anyway I was told at the point of having a business account activated and working that I needed to have a static IP address which would only cost me $100 a month! The whole reason I got Fios in the first place was because it was $5 cheaper then Comcast! Plus if I was running a dot.com out of my home why would I stick with a dynamic IP address?!
I was fed up with everything and gave them the boot (but not two because that would give them a pair! ;)). Still waiting for my refund to appear in the bank. I imagine that Comcast is not blocking Apache to appeal to our crowd but also because I'm getting this overall message that DSL is going to completely leave cable in the dust. I'm not really sure except for one thing: if Apache doesn't reach my business partner in a different state for private testing purposes then I'm not going to use their service!
Some other notes of interest: I never saw anything better then 8 megabit on their 20 megabit connection, not even at the speed-test websites. The upload speed of five megabits was great except that it was exclusively limited to just my FTP connection. AIM, Yahoo, file uploads via the browser, all barely hitting 10-20 kilobytes a second tops. The thing is that I'm almost exclusively testing locally so all the speed in the world does not matter to me. All I can do is just stick with Comcast, hope they increase their speeds eventually, and don't block port 80 for any reason.
Hopefully this will save other people TONS of time and aggravation at the expense of about 30 hours of my life.