[TUTORIAL] Port Forwarding (For Windows)

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    Recently, I was helping someone forward ports to set up a Bukkit server and @Banana937 recommended that I make it a separate post because it was pretty through and seemed to cover a lot, I decided to take his advice and make it a separate post. So here it is:

    Instructions:
    1) Press the windows key, type in CMD, and press enter
    2) Type "ipconfig" without the quotes
    3) Search through the list until you see something that starts with 192.blahblahblah (make sure that this is next to the field "Default Gateway"). 2 lines above it will be your "IPv4 Adress", also write that down for later.
    4) Open up the web browser of your choice (but I think that you can guess I would recommend Firefox) and type in that number that was next to "Default Gateway" in your address bar at the top (So instead of going to www.bukkit.org, you will pretend to go to 192.168.1.1)
    5) The username is probably admin and there probably is no password. If that doesn't work, try admin for the password.
    6) This is the part where you kinda need to help yourself. Find a tab (at the top) along the lines of Applications/Gaming/Port Forwarding/NAT. If something asks for an application name, put anything (I recommend Minecraft). For the port, put 25565, and for the "forwarded IP address" (might be a little different), put your IP address (that you wrote down from step 3). If something mentions "protocol" such as UDP or TCP, put both. If you can't, then do this 2 times, 1 with UDP and the 2nd TCP. Then hit save.

    If you have any problems, a screen shot of the last step you get to would be really helpful, along with some basic information such as router manufacturer, model, and the information from step 3 would be really helpful.


    FAQ:
    Q: The username Admin and the password admin/nothing isn't working for me.
    A: Check out this site to find out what the default username and password is.

    Q: I need more "specific" help with port forwarding (I am really new at this...).
    A: Check out this awesome link (provide by @ohtwo) for more detailed instructions on port forwarding.

    Q: I logged into my router and can't exactly find one of the tabs that you suggested, but I found something similar, like Port Triggering, but some of the things that you talked about aren't there.
    A: You are probably in the wrong place. If you cannot specify the port(s) you want to forward, your IP address, and TCP/UDP/Both, then you are in the wrong place and should give me a list of all the places that you can go and I will see what I can do.

    This post has been edited 3 times. It was last edited by Supersam654 Aug 22, 2011.
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    Might want to add Windows to the title.
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    Good idea.
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    Really nice -- this'll help a lot of people. I'll make a Mac Port Forwarding Guide.
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    There's a website with individual instructions for most routers on how to port forward. You may want to look that up and include it here. It was really useful when I needed to port forward other things.
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    This is much more centered around Minecraft however :p
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    Well I know. The first few steps will probably assist a lot, but router specific directions can let you know exactly where you need to go to set up port forwarding.
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    Fair enough.
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    True, however I feel that common sense and my instructions should be plenty to get you to the correct place to actually forward the port.
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    http://portforward.com/

    The only problem I could see happening is people completely not knowing their username and password for their router. If it wasn't changed already, I suppose they should google the default router username and password for their specific model.
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    I guess I reconsidered this comment a bit (check the FAQ section).
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    well u also need to allow the minecraft program through the firewall. There u can either open up a specific port (not rekommended, because then any virus or program can use that port.) or choose a program and allow it to connect to any port. None of these are safe, but then again, hosting is dangerous :p
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    Ohh wait, u cant portforward the minecraft/bukkit jar as a program (so u have to use the first method). my bad...
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    Ok so I have a eircom netopia and no video or tutorial I have seen/read is anything like mine I have no space for ip or anything!Here is a pic see what i mean?
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    @doomsage165 For service name, put Minecraft Server. Then, for the next 3 fields, put 25565. Hit next. I am hoping that the next page will ask for your IP address.

    Also, you are going to need to do this 2 times. The first time, select TCP and the 2nd time, select UDP.
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    The next page just says "This custom NAT service has been added." DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TO DO? PLEASE HELP!
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    Although I have never heard of your router, I think it is just opening those ports to every IP on the network (so you don't need to worry about the IP address part). Try doing the exact same thing again, however check the box for UDP instead of TCP. Then see if people can connect to your server.
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    Ok I'll try.
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    they keep getting connection timed out...
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    Please give me a screen shot of what the page looks like after you hit Firewall (on the left). Also, I know this isn't your exact model, but this guide from Netopia might be able to help.
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    ok heres one 110821-202611.jpg
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    I am having a few issues, I have a SKY router, It's not on portforward.com and I'm unable to find steps towards portforwarding..
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    Ok so that link is very like mine to a certain point but then i cant find a Miscellaneous heading under advanced...
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    Please tell me what you see under "advanced" A screen shot or just a list of options would be nice.

    Instead of clicking services, click Firewall Rules. (This next section is based off of a SKY router, but maybe not yours, so work with me here). Then Add a new Inbound connection (look for add and inbound). For the service, Select TCP and UDP/Both. If this is not an option, then you need to do this 2 times. The first time, select TCP for the service and the 2nd time, select UDP for the service. If it then asks you what action you want, select "ALLOW always" (We always want your Minecraft server to be open to the public). Under the Send to LAN Server field, type in your IP address (see steps 1-3 in my original post if you need help finding this). For WAN User, select "Any" and for Log, pick "Never". Then you can hit Ok/Apply at the bottom of the page.
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    When I type the Default Gateway, nothing comes up. I don't understand what I should do...
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    You are doing something wrong, post a screen shot of your CMD window after you type in "ipconfig". Also, what do you think your Default Gateway is (what are you typing in)?

    I can't view any of those links because I don't actually have your router, but I am pretty sure that what you are looking for is under "NAT". If that doesn't work, check IP Passthrough, but I am pretty sure that it is NAT.
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    Suggestion, for telling people what to look for in the tabs for port forwarding of the router administration. For routers that have DD-WRT, you can add NAT / QoS to the list.

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    I agree with the NAT suggestion, however I do not believe that QoS has anything to do with port forwarding...however correct me if I am wrong.

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