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Hey, Networking noob here..

I want to do a port forward on my router for bitcomet...

I'm following a guide on port forwarding from http://portforward.com, it says I need to setup a static IP address...

Should I continue with this, are there any disadvantages in having a static IP address. Any thought or recommendations?

Thanks
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post #2 of 26
there really are no disadvantages to setting up a static ip address for your home machine. first off what i would do is go to start>run>cmd

then type in ipconfig /all

keep that window open, you will need some information from it later

then go to network properties and select the connection you use, right click and choose properties.

then from the list (you may have to scroll down) choose Internet Protocol, and select properties again. from here you can see statically set your IP. go back to the cmd window you opened earlier and see what your previous IP address was. most likely something like 192.168.x.x. now in the other window put in that address in the top field (IP). except change the last number to something like 99 (DHCP leases usually start at 100). then the subnet mask should be 255.255.255.0 and the gateway can be found in the cmd window. then fill in your DNS info found in the cmd window as well. then you should be all set

i'm on linux right now, otherwise i would post some screen shots for you. let me know if you have any questions
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post #3 of 26
Basically, tell your router to use DHCP from your ISP but any machines on your networks need to be given a static address on the private range - via the windows network properties page... So, router is dynamic, and clients are static.

I *THINK* That the static addresses begin at 160 - so for instance your first machine may be 192.168.0.160, Second machine would be 192.168.0.161
- etc, etc.
I'm sure someone will jump in if that last part is wrong.
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Thanks for the info... there's a guide for setting up a static IP address on that site too, I'll follow that and post back...
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Alright I setup my static IP address..
internet is working fine..

I enabled the port in the Router's setup page... using same port in BitTorrent, but bit torrent says "Listening Port is blocked" gives a yellow light and an IP address of some sort..

Any ideas?

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are you using utorrent? i know i had port forwarding setup and static ip on my desktop and sometimes utorrent still showed the little yellow icon instead of green. but it would go back and forth, i'm not really sure why.

have you verified that the port forwarding is working properly?
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I'm using BitComet, I've tires with several different Listen ports but get the same yellow light.

I don't know if port forwarding is working properly, only indication is the light in BitComet.
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What is the speed of the DLs? I have BitComet now and http://portforward.com system worked fine.
 
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post #9 of 26
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I just had a revelation.... I may not have setup the static IP address properly, although I can brows the internet.

The ipconfig /all command shows the correct IP I set up, but my router's page still shows my old one...

How do I check if my static IP is setup properly..

Thanks..

Download speeds are realllllly low... like 15-20 sometimes go up to 30. I have a 256 DSL connection.
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post #10 of 26
You have to set up your static IP in the same subnet as your router's private address.

Say, your router's internal address is 10.0.0.1 netmask 255.255.255.192 ... you can set your computer to be 10.0.0.5 netmask 255.255.255.192, with your default gateway set to 10.0.0.1 .. and you should be fine.

This means, with a 255.255.255.192 netmask for example, you can set up IP addresses in the range of 10.0.0.2 through 10.0.0.62
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