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Diffrence between Virtual Server and Port Forwarding

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I recently bought a D-Link DIR-601 and I'm forwarding ports. I accidentally put them all in the virtual server. I want to put them in port forwarding but it does not seem like it's working. Mumble is not forwarding because I can't connect to it using my external IP. In the router it says this for virtual server
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The Virtual Server option allows you to define a single public port on your router for redirection to an internal LAN IP Address and Private LAN port if required. This feature is useful for hosting online services such as FTP or Web Servers.
Under Port Forwarding it says this
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This option is used to open multiple ports or a range of ports in your router and redirect data through those ports to a single PC on your network. This feature allows you to enter ports in various formats including, Port Ranges (100-150), Individual Ports (80, 68, 888), or Mixed (1020-5000, 689).
They sound almost the same other than the port forwarding being for multiple ports. I want to fix it because it's easier to forward ports with Port Forwarding.
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Virtual Servers is an older implementation of what is now port forwarding.

Basically, it's like this with virtual servers:

Port X is open to the Public Network (internet) on the router, with the association of Port X going to Server A.

ALL requests and packets sent to Port X are redirected to Server A, and only Server A.

It's basically the same as having your server directly connected to your modem, with Port X wide open.


Port forwarding is more like the following:

Ports X and Y are open to the Public Network on the router, and are associated with Port Z on the internal network.

All requests and packets sent to ports X and Y are forwarded to Port Z,

You configure Server A to listen only to Port Z, instead of Port X and Y.
    
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Okay thanks, but why is Mumble not working?
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