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Telstra V7610 supplemented with other devices

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A stalemate with the Internet provider and their supplied router has me stuck.

We needed to add an additional port fwd rule to the device a Telstra V7610 (we have 4 at present) and when added it fails to fwd the 5th port.  The Internet Provider confirmed it was an issue and has:
  • Downgraded the firmware and it failed to rectify.
  • Sent a Technician to our site to repeat the process and confirm I am seeting it up right, and was able to confirm that it fails.
  • Upgraded the firmware to a yet to be released version which created its own new list of problems, one of which was the loss of access to the management interface as soon as the connection to the NBN was online.

Like many we had to remove a perfectly good apliance (Draytek Vigor Series) and replace it with the Telstra/Netgear V7610.  In two years we've had the V7610 replaced 3 maybe 4 times to address problems with DOT and connection quality.

Do you have a solution to retianing the V7610 for DOT and another device for all other services, even better do you have one that addresses a V7610 with a Draytek Vigor appliance?
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While two layers of NAT can cause other issues, how about just using NAT to the Draytek and then running PAT on the Draytek ?

NAT is Network Address Translation, a network or single address.
PAT is Port Address Translation, individual TCP or UDP ports.