I someday wish that someone would solve this, but fresh on leaving work, I got to spend an evening fixing another network here in China. This time I had a good education in Chinese user interfaces and thanks to “dltool”:http://dltool.sourceforge.net, it was easy to figure out the interface and learn some Chinese words for things like subnet mask:

* “TP-Link”:http://tp-link.com . This is the largest networking vendor in China and they have their own firmware. This is an 8-port router and wired hub. They have a good “English”:http://www.tp-link.com/support/download.asp download tool. Basically, the main fix was to turn on uPNP support so programs could automatically open ports

* “Linksys”:http://linksys.com. We got a set of Chinese Linksys WRT54G routers to use as access points. These are strange babies as they have all English packaging, instructions and setup wizard, but the actual firmware is in Chinese. Pretty wierd. I basically had to turn off the router functionality to use them as just APs. Another oddity is that there are no less than *six* versions of this box, we got V4.0 which you can only tell by flipping the box over and reading the exact Model Number
* Since I’ve used this router before, I was really tempted to “download”:http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=page%3D2%26cid%3D1115416835852%26c%3DL_Content_C1&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&SubmittedElement=Linksys%2FFormSubmit%2FProductDownloadSearch&sp_prodsku=1124916802645 the latest firmware

Also is hard to find, but the default user name and password for the TP-Link is _admin_ for both.

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