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5:53 pm on Mar 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I installed a new router a few weeks ago. Since then I noticed that the My Messages Icon (yellow triangle, Exclamation mark) was not being shown.

When I tried to view the source of the icon

[webmasterworld.com...]

I got the router blocked website page.

It turns out that if I set the router to Close IM Ports then the router will block based on keyword mymsgs. Any URI which has mymsgs in it will be blocked.

I don't know if others have this problem but it happens with this netgear router.
12:48 am on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I can't believe I am the only one with this problem.

It is impossible for me to read the 'my threads link'.

Any chance the filename could be changed?

m y m s g s.png

is the problem. Even just posting that filename without the spaces black holes me.
1:57 am on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Have you tried contacting Netgear? Sounds like their problem.
12:17 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Sorry to hear that.
I'm not sure changing the filename would even solve that. Could it be ad blocking software and seeing it as some kind of ad?
11:08 am on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Does the router's firmware require an update?
11:52 am on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's the way the router tries to prevent users getting around blocked IM ports. As a secondary blocking mechanism it looks for keywords. If it sees m y m s g s in the URI it totally blocks the page.

Found a solution in another place, which suggests adding a rule to ALLOW the banned name. Haven't tried it yet but it's one for the record, i.e. some routers blocking keywords: could drive webmasters crazy if visitors say "can't access a page"
1:22 pm on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If it were me, I would report that as a bug to Netgear. It sounds like their "solution" is buggy.