reply to DrStrangLov
Re: [Exede] Port forwarding? Nice link, thanks. Ill have to read more in my liesure time.
As I'm stuck with either a cellular or satellite home internet, it bothers me that port forwarding, while a standard for cable or DSL is not for mobile networks. And the real kicker is the mobile device itself supports it, but I guess the network does not. I just found out that at&t does offer a static IP and port forwarding, but only for corporate accounts....!
And I hate being stuck in a 2yr contract to check it out.
said by Gunn:Exede's Official Statement: Network Management Policy Exede by ViaSat-1
"ViaSat does not intentionally block any particular form of traffic or reset a subscriber connection that otherwise complies with the Exede Terms of Service, except that ViaSat may block NetBios, TCP/UDP port 135-139 at the user terminal. These services allow file sharing over networks. When improperly configured, they can expose critical system files or give system access to any malicious intruder connected to the network. Further, from time to time, ViaSat may block additional ports that it reasonably believes may be a security risk to the network."
said by DrStrangLov:I am surprised they still recycle that old line. A security risk maybe if you throw a factory windows 98 machine on directly connected to the modem. Modern routers will block these attacks, as will well configured software firewalls. Of course there are a lot of people who still use Windows XP with a crappy firewall or use Mint/Ubuntu with the default configuration of no firewall. But that is not the ISP's problem. said by Gunn:
Further, from time to time, ViaSat may block additional ports that it reasonably believes may be a security risk to the network."
ISPs should not block any ports unless requested.