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Why belkin router port forwarding stops working?

Hi all, I am having a constant problem with my Belkin router. I need to access one of my home devices outside my home network. So I need to setup port forwarding. I did this and I am able to access the device fine. But, it will not stick. I can only access for 20 minutes, then it is blocked. I go back into the router configuration and it shows the port forwarding is active. I won't make any changes but when I click on Apply button it restarts and then port forwarding works fine again. The router is a Belkin F5D7234-4 v5 Wireless G. I have CenturyLink DSL with a ZyXEL 660R modem. The modem is in Routing mode. I originally setup the router to be in the DMZ of my modem. Then I removed the DMZ and added the ports I want to forward on the modem to point to the router. Either way, I am able to access the device properly for about 20 minutes. I can't figure out why it is happening. Please help me.

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Port forwarding allows external devices to pass through your router's firewall for services such as a web server (Port 80), FTP server (Port 21), gaming or any other designated applications. This article will show you how to set up port forwarding on a Belkin router.
Before proceeding, make sure that you have the following:
• The IP Address of the computer or device to have the port forwarded to.
• The port numbers to be used and whether they are TCP or UDP ports.
• The router connected to the computer using an Ethernet cable.


To enable port forwarding, follow these steps:-
Step 1: Open your web browser and enter router’s IP address (192.168.0.1 by default) in the address bar. Enter username your router password (the default password is blank).




Step 2: Navigate to Firewall > Virtual Servers.



Step 3: Check Enable
In the Description column, enter a description of your network device (e.g. INSTEON Camera 1)
In “Inbound port” enter camera’s port number.
Next, choose the “Type” you want to use. (For INSTEON cameras we will use TCP or Both)
Enter the Camera’s IP address in “Private IP Address”
In “Private port” enter camera’s port number.
Repeat step 5 for any more ports you want to forward.
Click on “Apply Changes”.


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