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I have a Verizon DSL connection. I am new to being the one who has to maintain the net. We have the Verizon modem and plugged into it is a belkin router. I did not alter the configuration on either of the devices. We get a net connection, though I have issues joining any form of online game. Some refuse to connect, others are slow.

I have read that perhaps I need to use the modem in "bridge mode" to the wireless router? Would that fix my issues? Or do I just have to open ports or something similar. I really have no clue what could be the problem. Could someone advice me how to get this working with Ubuntu?

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Try configuring it in bridge mode and see if that helps you.I think it may be a issue with your DNS server,but not sure.Use OpenDns in this case.. – karthick87 Nov 20 '10 at 11:21
Thanks for replying. So I set the modem into "bridge mode" and leave the router as default for now? I think it is set up as dynamic. – NightwishFan Nov 20 '10 at 11:25
Also some examples of symptoms. I am unable to traceroute past so many steps, Urban Terror says my ping is around 50ms but the game is very very laggy. (through wine) will connect at my friends house, but not at my internet, it just crashes. Now any gamespy game I try to join says game session is no longer available. – NightwishFan Nov 20 '10 at 11:28
This question might be much more at home on – Stefano Palazzo Nov 20 '10 at 16:34
Ok thanks, I might do that. – NightwishFan Nov 21 '10 at 0:33

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Port forwarding will not help. To access a particular service, you need a particular port. If that port is not available, it won't be laggy, it just won't work.

A lot of DSL modems come equipped with their own lightweight DHCP servers. They acquire an IP address from your ISP, and use NAT to assign local addresses to computers/routers on your internal network. What it means for a modem to be in bridge mode is that it no longer does this. It simply forwards the IP address to the connecting device, a.k.a your router. The easiest way to know for sure whether your modem is bridged or not would be to check the public IP address of your router. If it is in the block or block, my guess is that it's not bridged. In any case, it wouldn't make a significant difference to your connection speed/lag.

My thought is that your connection is most likely slow. Try going to to determine your uplink/downlink, and try pinging to various servers like,, etc. to determine your latency. If it's anything greater than 50ms, I'd say talk to your Verizon and see what connection plan you're on.

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Thanks, finally some clear answers. What I do not understand is that my ping and latency are very low. However even if I am next to the router my game acts as if I am a second or two behind everyone else. – NightwishFan Dec 15 '10 at 4:19
No problem! Things like that may happen because of server load or high latency on other connections. Or maybe your download speed isn't high enough to cope with the data transfer(doubtful). You could try borrowing somebody else's router and see if it helps at all, but I highly doubt that would help. – shroff Dec 16 '10 at 11:06
Ok, thank you. I will keep trying. If it is not the ports that means I can probably figure it out. – NightwishFan Dec 17 '10 at 1:53

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