My boss had our DSL line converted to a Static IP so that we could hook up various devices (security camera DVRs) and be able to access them remotely.
Our ISP (AT&T/SBC) sent out a tech who installed a Motorola Netopia 3300-like DSL gateway (there are no model numbers on the box, but Google leads me to believe it's a Netopia 3300 series.) We have 4 static IPs, let's call them 126.96.36.199-48.
If a laptop (for example) is plugged-in to one of the four ports on the gateway, it will work perfectly fine once one of the static IP is manually entered into the laptop operating system's network config (along with the default gateway address and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.248.) At least "fine" as far as client applications go. It seems that outbound connections are working but inbound connections die somewhere before reaching their destination:
C:\Users\Andrew>tracert 188.8.131.52 Tracing route to 184.108.40.206 over a maximum of 30 hops 1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 192.168.1.1 2 14 ms 14 ms 13 ms adsl-blah-blah-blah //A physically different DSL line from the one in question 3 13 ms 12 ms 13 ms dist2-vlan62.pltnca.sbcglobal.net [220.127.116.11] 4 14 ms 13 ms 13 ms ag2-10g0-12-3-0.pltnca.sbcglobal.net [18.104.22.168] 5 33 ms 14 ms 14 ms 22.214.171.124 6 14 ms 14 ms 15 ms rback34-g1-1.snfcca.sbcglobal.net [126.96.36.199] 7 * * * Request timed out. 8 * * * Request timed out. 9 * * * Request timed out. 10 * * * Request timed out. 11 * * * Request timed out. (etc)
If this were a standard DSL line plugged into a router, I'd assume that the proper ports aren't being forwarded or somesuch. This being something rather different than any connection I've worked with, I'm at a loss. The configuration page for the gateway has no settings for port forwarding. There is a setting for "pinholes" and I (think) I created pinholes for the needed ports, but to no avail.
Another thing I found was that devices connected to the gateway can talk to each other. For example I plugged the DVR into 188.8.131.52 and a laptop into 184.108.40.206 and was able to connect to the DVR and view the video streams, though I doubt any packets were leaving the building.
So, to make a long question short, how can I get inbound connections to work so that servers can receive connections on certain (or all) ports?