Bridge mode or equivalent for 5286AC (need SMTP 25 & all other ports open)
Apparently I made the mistake of believing what the AT&T people I spoke with and typed with told me: 'we don't block any ports.'
I specifically asked about port 25 and was told it was not blocked.
I ran my domain and mail server off a Comcast business account for over several years and had no problems contact support and getting PTR records changed with a single phone call. I come to AT&T and it takes two phone calls and an hour to find out what my static IPs but then had to be transferred to connectech to get support to actually be able to use them as the 5286AC router (er., 'residential gateway') isn't setup to do that and the support person is not capable of doing this.
So, after trolling various forums I figured out how to use the first IP in the range successfully but then I find that port 25 out is blocked. *sigh*
I literally had this AT&T Fiber service turned on today and I have no problem going right back to Comcast if this is the kind of bovine stuff I'm going to have to deal with.
So, to the point. What do I want?
- Why can't I just plug my own router in to the ONT? AT&T provides the network and I provide the CPE. Give me a working ethernet connection and the IP information and I'll handle the rest. I don't need a managed... anything. I'll sign a waiver.
- If I can't plug my own router in to the ONT, make your own device between it and my router pass all IP traffic transparently. I don't know how to state this any more simply. I want a bridge. I want a layer 2 device that isn't going to sniff, snoop, massage or otherwise do anything to any IP packet inside the ethernet frame from the time they leave my router to the time they get to the next layer 3 hop. I don't want any help with filtering, firewalling, or otherwise 'keeping me safe.'
- Disable all blocking of any ports (okay, if you really want to block port 0, fine).
- Give me a support system that works. Calling, getting disconnected, & 30+ minute hold times doesn't work. Once I reach support, they should be able to quickly identify whether or not they are equipped to handle my problem and if they can't to escalate it to the correct people, and quickly. Also, I should be able to get support through the standard tools without having to post messages on forums hoping that an employee will help in an unofficial capacity or by 'yelling' on twitter (as making social media rants seems to be the most effective way to get a company's attention.)