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#1727953 - 01/11/06 12:09 AM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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In short, the Netgear FR-328s FW/Switch and LinkSys BEFSR11 router are proven LB2-compatible and firewalled devices.

Optionally adding on a wireless router (like I did with the DLink DI-614+) or a wired switch (if their arent enough wired ports) gives the capability to share the single connection with multiple PCs on the home network.


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#1727954 - 01/12/06 11:36 AM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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Alot to read here
Are you saying the Linksys BEFSR11 (and that alone) works with hosting LB2?
Reason I'm asking is I see the BEFSR41 is in stock here (and dirt cheap). Looks like the only difference is the 4 LAN-ports.

#1727955 - 01/12/06 01:39 PM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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I hate to always be talking for _Nick_ but YES.
A year or so ago we flew some LB2 together and I gave him my rant about not being able to host through a router, and then he turned around and DID IT... blew me away. At the time I didn't know the router model, so I recently acquired a different Linksys (WRT54G). There were many reasons I upgraded my Netgear for this Linksys (G wireless, 3rd Party firmware etc..) but I HOPED that it would ALSO allow me to host LB2. Unfortunately, that turned out NOT to be the case (though I still wonder about XP vs. 98 in this regard...) but I can vouch for the success of the BEFSR11, and, I would expect the 4 port model.

I read a short post on a forum somewhere that the BEFSRxx routers were considered 'Leaky' from a security standpoint so maybe this is why they work. To clarify, before you get scared \:\) the point of the post was that these were considered 'Leaky' but in testing they showed that they conferred all the protection of higher priced and highly touted routers..

Maybe somewhere there is a network engineer who can figure out why one works to host and the other doesn't. Hardware? Firmware? Some additional setting?

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#1727956 - 01/12/06 05:29 PM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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Quote:
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I read a short post on a forum somewhere that the BEFSRxx routers were considered 'Leaky' from a security standpoint...
So basicly what you're saying is that its probably the same as any other router under $100?
I'm guessing my old 3C857 gateway is equally unsafe or worse, though I've never had any issues with that except not being able to host LB2.

#1727957 - 01/12/06 08:58 PM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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Yup... NAT inherently protects you against a lot of stuff, and special features aside, one 'home' grade NAT ROUTER is probably as good as another for security anyway.


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#1727958 - 01/13/06 04:57 AM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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The good news is that LB2 can be hosted behind a firewall and across wired or wireless home LANs, even though why it works for some hardware/firewall configurations and not others isnt nailed down exactly.

I suspect it goes back to the way a firewall forward a range of ports. Some are going to be compatible with LB2's 1998 vintage port communications software, and some will not. Some of the problems are OS related and some are not. Its going to be a case by case discovery.

For example: LinkSys routers have a spotted history when combined with Win98, just google "Win98 AND LinkSys". There are compatibility problems not even associated with LB2.

Another example is the DLink router I had. Works fine with every other FPS and Flightsim I own except LB2 as host or client. Yet it could host LB2 when the firewall is bypassed via its DMZ. This being on WinXP SP2.

Yet another example was my SMC router, it too worked for everything except LB2 and Falcon4 thru Hamachi.

Hopefully folks will be successful with more current hardware devices than these older ones with older firewall technology. As we get more proven hosting LB2 success stories, we should post them here so we provide a list for those looking for guidance.


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#1727959 - 01/25/06 04:19 AM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last  
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We need to try this out again. This weekend I would like to see if I can host with my setup now.

#2184678 - 04/15/07 03:20 PM Re: Wired & Wireless Router LB2 Hosting & Client Success.... At Last [Re: H4rM]  
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Im curious...

Im still able to host via the DLink 614+ for wireless, or the Netgear FR328S for wired LAN purposes.
Ive recently purchased a newer DLink router and have to figure it out before I try it with LB2.
Its 3 years newer technology and the interface is far more in-depth. Will report back if its LB2-friendly.

Has there been any success in hosting LB2 via any newer hardware than already reported herein?

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