I am a Vodaphone 3G dongle user, and at home this is my only access to the internet (currently). I recently moved in and thought that a 3G dongle would enable me to easily access my email, web browsing etc. But i am also an online gamer, and so am looking to play some games online too. I have (up until now), had no problems and found the dongle works well, I have even played CoD deathmatches, without lag or slowdowns!
Well I also want to play Asheron's Call online, and here is where i have hit my issue. I cannot connect to their server, or they cannot connect to me - I get a "Connection to server lost" message after initial login. I have contacted the Turbine Tech Support - and they are saying that the reason is that i need to make sure ports 9000 to 9013 are open for encrypted UDP access, and that they use asyncronous connections over these ports.
I do not have an internal firewall, and i have disabled the windows firewall. (I have even tried disabling the firewall service to make sure)!. I have called Vodaphone support, and after a long pause, the lady on the phone told me that Vodaphone do not block any websites, and that my account was open for over 18 content - despite me trying to explain that this was not web access, but rather networking - she said she understood and Vodaphone do not block anything.
I have tried this connection from two different machines now, and get the same error. I have been to http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2 and used their port sniffer - Sheild's Up. This shows all my ports as Stealthed - so firewalled or blocked. But i have no internal Firewalls..
So the only conclusion here is that Vodaphone must be blocking them - right? Or am i missing something? This is driving me mad!