What is Port Forwarding
Port forwarding is a technique that lets other computers on the internet to connect to a computer on your home network.
Why do I need it
- You wish to set up a server so you can play games with your friends over the internet,
- You want to host a web server at your home
- Or you want to host a file server, etc…
Setting up port forwarding
Note: If you have more than 1 router, please connect your PC to your main router that connects directly to the internet.
Finding your router and PC local IP addresses
- In the bottom right corner left from the clock, right-click on the monitor icon
- From the menu, select Open Network & Internet settings
- In the window that pops up, click on View your network properties
- From the new window, write down IPv4 address and Default gateway addresses.
- Open your favorite web browser, and in the address bar type in the default gateway address that we got in the last step.
- Log in using the username and password that was provided by your Internet Service Provider (you can find it in the contract, at the bottom of the router or you can call and ask them).
- Next steps vary a LOT depending on which router you have, but you will need to look for Port Forwarding or Virtual Server or Security
Port forwarding on TECHNICOLOR TG799VAC router
After following previous steps and logging in into the router, follow the next steps:
- Click on Advanced View
- Find WAN Services and click on the gears icon
- Click Add new port mapping
- In the Name section, write the name of the server or whatever you want to call it
- For the Protocol section, you will probably need TCP, but you can put TCP/UDP as well.
- In the WAN port section, enter the port that is used for your server, for example, Quake 3 uses port 27960, Unturned uses ports 27015 and 27017, HTTP server runs on port 80…
- For the LAN port, use the same port as in the previous field
- In the Destination field, type in IPv4 address that we got in step 4 of Setting up Port Forwarding
- Click on the Plus icon
That’s it! Congratulations, you just set up port forwarding on your router! 😀
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