Solved Can't open ports on my router

December 14, 2018 at 12:16:15
Specs: Windows 10
I have had an issue with my router for a while now, which is that however much I ever try, and however many guides I follow, I can never successfully open ports on my router.

My router name is NETGEAR Router R6220. What I am trying to do is to open the ports for hosting a server for Minecraft. LAN works fine but noone outside of my network can connect. I have double checked that I have configured my ports correctly more times than I can count, and no ports that I choose to open works. I have tried every solution I can imagine and all solutions recommended on the web but I have finally given up. I am not asking this community of people who are way more experienced with this than I am... I only know the basic stuff about routers and how networks are setup. Any help would be appreciated and if you would like more information reggarding specific subjects that may be of help since I am not experienced enough to judge myself.

Thanks in advance!

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December 14, 2018 at 12:51:38
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however much I ever try, and however many guides I follow

Have you tried contacting Netgear's support people and getting them to help you? If you haven't, I'd do that before I do anything else.

Typically a forward is a pretty simple setup. All you need to know is what port to forward and the LAN IP of the destination. Usually they look like this:

forward [Port #] to [destination IP address]

Then you usually have to choose either TCP, UDP or both and enable. If you've done all that properly and it's not working at all you could be having a firmware or hardware issue with the router itself. This is why I recommended contacting the OEM's support line....unlike a step sheet or guide, they can actually help you diagnose a problem if there is one.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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December 14, 2018 at 20:44:40
Have you tested if the server is "listening" to the ports you are forwarding??
If there is nothing listening (no response or rejected) to the forwarded ports it will be listed as "closed" from the internet.
I assume you have tried this online port status check...

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December 16, 2018 at 06:34:26
When you say they can't connect, what IP address are you giving them? Is it the LAN or WAN side?

You must use your WAN IP.

You could also set up DDNS (Dynamic DNS) so that others can find you by a hostname.

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