Yep - I believe that's the device (cause that's what the modem config's page title says).
Thanks Asad... a bit of update on my end as well, but first, yours.
2. I realized DNS overwrite was one of the issues - but back then, it didn't seem to fix anything. Now, it seems to function better. Go figure!
3. Thanks. I wonder why 220.127.116.11 isn't pingable.
Ok - amidst all this, it seems the router is forcing all my devices to connect via IPV6 as well - which slows down the DNS lookup process considerably. Does anyone know where exactly I should look to either fix it, or shut it off completely? I disabled IPv6 from the WAN config settings (same area where I can edit the DNS settings) but other devices just aren't budging! :/