Quozl's DiRECWAY DW6000 on Linux
(it is likely that any distribution version will work)
(it is likely that any kernel version will work)
(nothing is required that isn't generally already included)
(while a DHCP client might be useful, you can configure your network interface with an static IP address of 192.168.0.2 and a gateway of .1 and be up and running immediately)
Long lasting connections, such as SSH connections to remote systems, may occasionally be affected by an apparently spontaneous connection reset by peer error. Packet tracing shows a RST packet received, allegedly from the peer.
TODO: determine if the peer generates the packet or not.
Two outages have occurred, which appear to have been due to Telstra's end-point equipment. These were resolved by calling the support line.
Trying to establish a PPTP based VPN does not work. The TCP port 1723 connection is established fine, but the GRE packets are not exchanged. The result is a connection timeout. There's no technical reason why it could not work; it may be a business decision by DirecWay to provide service differentiated. On the other hand, OpenVPN over UDP works fine.
Obtaining your download usage takes a very long time, because the Bigpond pages do a lot of redirects.
The router forges connection acceptance packets, presumably in order to remove one round trip from TCP connections. You can test this by attempting a connection to a known not-listening port on a server while monitoring packets on the interface.
SYN --> <-- SYN ACK (forged) ACK -->
|2005-08-13||SYN ACK forgery.|