Opening ports on Actiontec gt701-wg for sbs 2008 installation

I am unable to get my actiontec gt701-wg to correctly port forward the required ports for sbs 2008.  I go into the router, and for example, forward port 25 to 192.168.66.23 (server address).  I repeat that step for all of the ports needed, reboot the router, check to make sure the changes saved, and they did.

I run the wizard on sbs 2008 for the domain name, and it finishes with warnings saying those ports are not open.

I turned off the firewall on teh actiontec router during testing and that didn't work.

Is have no anti virus installed yet, so can't be that.

I just thought, however, that windows firewall is I'm sure enabled on the sbs server, would I need to open ports on that also to get past this step?
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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
There's no firewall as you're describing on SBS 2008.  From what you're describing, this is an external firewall  issue.  Are you sure you're doing the port forwarding correctly?  Perhaps do a test opening of another port on another machine and run the portforward.com test tool to make sure your method for opening ports on the firewall is correct:

http://portforward.com/help/portcheck.htm

I'm not sure if that tool will work on SBS 2008 but of course you could try it there, too to verify what WIndows is telling you.
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MrMoto_BLDRCommented:
The actiontec's are a pain to work with.  Sounds like you are in the correct menu.  A suggestion I would make is to to bridge the modem and have a separate firewall handling a the authentication.  Cisco, Sonicwall, Astaro can all handle it.  This way the 701 is basically a dumb device and the firewall is doing all the other protocols.  Besides all the internal stuff it will also do VPN and you can get gateway antivirus and content filtering.
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dzirkelbAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately, more hardware is probably out of the question as the budget has already been surpassed.

I will check the port forward program, hopefully tonight, as the server is not hooked up at the moment and I can't remote into it yet.
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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
I just looked up the Actiontec gt701-wg - and I see how it's a modem/router combo.  Typically, those are residential type devices.  I agree with MrMoto . . . you're going to run into heaaches later down the line probably with PPTP forwarding.  I'd turn the modem into a bridge and get a separate firewall.

Not all firewalls are super expensive.  The cheapest thing I know of is the Syswan model of firewall.  They are cheap and provide all the functionality you need for less than $250.
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MrMoto_BLDRCommented:
The Netgear pro safes will do PPoE resolution too.  I am guessing you are on a DSL line.
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dzirkelbAuthor Commented:
Yup, on a dsl line.

I would prefer something that is a modem / router combo for less hardware to maintain, or, if needed, a modem that is just that, a modem, and is not a router or firewall.

Does qwest offer something like this or will I need to get something else like suggested above?  And, will any dsl modem work with qwest service?
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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
You'll want to get the modem from Qwest directy.  A combo device sounds easier, but they are not as capable as other products (particularly various firewalls you would buy).  A dumb modem will just pass through traffic and isn't really something you need to maintain at all.  I think that moving to a dumb/bridged modem and a separate firewall is the right move here.
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dzirkelbAuthor Commented:
Ok, so I will contact Qwest and get their "dumbest" modem, and take off the wireless capabilities from the modem.

I will get a new router / firewall which should enable me to set everything up...sound correct?
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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
this sounds right and it's what I would do
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dzirkelbAuthor Commented:
I’d really like to keep this as cheap as possible, it doesn’t have to be good, I just has to work.

Would something like this be absolutely necessary?  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833120314

Or, could I go with any wireless router like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156249 , which I have at home and love (but haven’t done any configuration on).
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Dave MessmanIT ConsultantCommented:
I'd think that Cisco would probably be fine for you.

The Trendnet is a residential product and wouldn't be something you'd want.  You'll be able to forward all your ports standard TCP ports, but probably not PPTP (for VPN).

Another cheap option might be a Syswan and a separate wireless access point (which would allow you to put your wireless in a central location for better reception).

http://www.amazon.com/Duolinks-SW24-2PORT-Balancing-Router/dp/B0012ZQ0GA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1271446448&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Linksys-WRT54GL-Wireless-G-Broadband-Compatible/dp/B000BTL0OA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1271446469&sr=1-1
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MrMoto_BLDRCommented:
Like I said earlier the netgear will do it.  Also the Actiontec is all that qwest will provide even for business on DSL.  I put one in this week and just stick with the Actiontec in advanced setup put it in RFC bridged mode and setup the firewall to do the PPoE.  It sound's like you don't have many users so your throughput is minimal.  The best bang for the buck would be a TZ100.  You would have a lot of functionality and if your needs change you can purchase licensing as needed.

http://www.firewalls.com/sonicwall/sonicwall-firewall/sonicwall-tz-firewalls/sonicwall-tz-100/sonicwall-sonicwall-tz-100-wireless-n.html
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