Well, although my
hosting problem isn't fixed, I'm glad that through this discussion at least one of us solved their hosting problem.
However :grrr: my issue still isn't resolved.
I'm just about ready to do this the retarded way and bypass my router whenever I host.
Actually, that's a lie!! I really don't want to do that. I'm wondering if anyone has has a DLink 634m router, or similar model. Short of that, I'm going to take a screen shot of my advanced tab router settings, and maybe you guys can look in the left margin side and see any settings that I might have missed. My particular router is a fairly extensive model and has some pretty advanced features.
Just for the record, I did all of the things that were suggested by each of you i.e. mutiplayer.ini, dmz, disabling my firewall, using ipconfig /all to make sure that I do indeed have a static ip address, etc.
Hopefully one of you will see something that might have been missed.
Let's keep this kewl talk going!!
And thanks again to all who posted, will post and having read these posts will be able to solve their hosting issue(s).