Netgear router-or any router questions

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by ...D., Oct 4, 2004.

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    I have a little home network & use a wireless B Netgear router. Two
    computers are wired in & the 3rd is wireless.

    Anyhow, I am in the dark on a lot of this stuff. I am presently
    experimenting with a Torrent program (BitTornado - a peer to peer type of

    First, I'd like to know what UPnP is. By default my Netgear router has it
    disabled, however in BitTornado I have 3 choices, "UPnP disabled", "UPnP
    type 1 (fast)", & "UPnP type 2 (slow)" to choose from. I seemed to gather
    from one or two people that I should enable UPnP (which I did), but I
    don't know if it gives me any better up or download speeds. & what type
    would it be - fast or slow? By default it says it advertises every 30
    minutes (but it is configurable), & 4 hops. I have no idea what any of
    this means...

    2nd, any of the torrent programs are quite clear on being behind a
    firewall & thus having lower speeds. I might be getting max speeds and I
    might not, I have no way of knowing, as I am so new to the scene. I've
    been told to enable something like port 17111 ( a random number someone is
    suggesting) for BitTorrent - but is it enabled already or not? I don't
    have the faintest idea of what goes with the Netgear router. I can log
    into it and change a few things around, but I don't see anywhere to enable
    a port. I can "forward service", & listed are AIM, Age of Empire, HTTP,
    FTP something, ICUII, etc (5 more choices there in a drop down menu). I am
    wondering if I should add my Torrent Network here maybe? or enable a
    port, or what. I also notice I am using the router: "Use Router as DHCP
    Server" and also on the same page it has stuff for: "LAN TCP/IP Setup".

    I also have this: WAN Setup: Connect Automatically, as Required (enabled),
    & the others are unchecked or not enabled (??): Disable SPI Firewall,
    Default DMZ Server (something lowlighted there), Respond to Ping onm
    Internet Port, & MTU Size (in bytes) (1500).

    Any help explaining any of this will be greatly appreciated. I see this
    newsgroup is not that busy so I hope I catch someone who knows what's
    going on. Thanks.

    ...D., Oct 4, 2004
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