Router problems solved
Not to keep you all in suspense about my router issues—I ordered a new router from a different company. It arrived the next day. I plugged it in—and, much to my kitten’s delight, it worked on the very first try.
So now I’ve fully switched over to using my cable modem. Surprisingly, this is the first time I’ve used NAT and DHCP and had a firewall. It’s about time. I always felt naked without all that stuff.
To my surprise, I get faster download speeds with the cable modem than I got from my T1. It’s amazing. Of course, uploading is another matter. But it’s not too bad, it’s roughly like having a dual-channel ISDN line. (I had ISDN for a couple years back in the ’90s.)