Well, if I understand this correctly, the port forwarding on the router affects connections coming into my box (ssh, vnc, telnet, ftp, www and the like)
Since I'm trying to connect to another box (IRC server) then the port forwarding thing doesn't do much for me on this (because this is an outgoing connection).
If anyone knows any reason to believe differently, please inform me.... I'm no networking wiz, but i'm always open to learning
As a test, I replaced my DSL Modem with an older one that I used to have in the old service location, (reverting to my exact same old setup)....
Still having the same problem.
Keep them answers coming!