HTTP connections across the firewall work fine (ie. web browsing) and I can maintain a connection to a streaming radio station just fine from my PowerBook inside the firewall, but AIM, ICQ, and Yahoo Messenger seem to stay up for a while and then just unexpectedly disconnect (the client has to reconnect). What could be the problem?
You're using NAT. NAT implementations have a finite number of dynamic rules available and/or time out old connections, thus dropping long-running persistent connections. (That behavior isn't desirable, but is "normal" for NAT....)
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