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Re: Disable NAT on Vonage V-Portal
said by MrMazda86:The "proprietary" part I meant was the Vonage box, not your IP service. If you used a different VSP then you could use off the shelf, open, routing/ATA hardware. Vonage locks its boxes, as you've seen. Most other providers do not.
If Vonage supported a way of being able to disable the NAT function like just about any other ordinary router (except most D-Link models), I could plug the V-Portal's WAN port into the modem, then plug it's LAN port (and all 5 computers) into the switch. With the modem in bridge mode, I could bypass it completely by establishing the PPPoE link with the V-Portal, then assigning the 173.xxx.xxx.225 address to the V-Portal on the LAN side, which would mean the V-Portal is connected directly with the PPPoE link, and effectively, the other 5 IP addresses would act as though directly exposed to the internet, without the need for port forwarding.
Ah... From a technological point of view, locking your devices solely to your network is definitely a means of trying to force your own crap down the throats of the users, generally for making sure that Ali Babba Shaqua Shouvez in Bangladesh can follow everything through because it's a "standard". The great thing about "standards" is that there's so many to choose from.
The only gripe I have with such a proprietary network locking (which is no different than network locking a cell phone really) is that they do it in such a way that it creates issues such as this where such a standard impedes on the ability to support such standard things. It's kind of aggravating really.