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Minecraft Server: Port Forwarding?

post #1 of 11
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So I'm trying to create a Minecraft server for my friends and I but it is proving more difficult than I thought. I downloaded a specific .exe file to operate the server in java, I changed the settings to my liking, and then I tested it by typing "localhost" into the Minecraft game executable. It worked and I was able to play on my server.

However, getting my friends online might be a different story because I'm fairly certain my "ports" are closed and I know NOTHING about opening or "forwarding" ports, which is why I'm here.

I went here: www.yougetsignal.com

To see what my external address is and it also tells me my port, which it said was "80." I checked my port status and it said this:

"Port 80 is closed on 174.1.243.64."

The "174.1.243.64" is my external address.

I was wondering what I need to do in order to open my ports for Minecraft so I can invite my friends to my server so we can play together. I downloaded a program called PFConfig, which apparently makes opening ports (or port forwarding) easier but I'm still a bit stuck.
post #2 of 11
Log into your router and forward port 25565 on both TCP and UDP to your internal LAN IP of the computer that's running the Minecraft server.
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How do I find out my internal LAN IP?
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Open command prompt and type in ipconfig
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I did that. I open the ports on my "default gateway" in CMD. I'm assuming that's my internal LAN IP? I did that for both the TCP and UDP slots yet, when I go to check if the port is open on that website that checks which ports or open or closed and tells me my external IP, I get this message:

"Port 25565 is closed on 174.1.243.64"
post #6 of 11
You want the field that says "IP address". Default gateway is the internal LAN IP of your router. If you forward these ports from your router to your router, your data really isn't going anywhere.
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post #7 of 11
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I did that. I used the IPv4 Address, which the router and CMD recognize as the same sequence of numbers. When I forwarded the ports in my router menu, nothing happens once I try and check it on that website. It stills says that the particular port is closed.
post #8 of 11
Also make sure that port is explicitly allowed on any firewall you happen to have on the server.
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post #9 of 11
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I'm not sure how to check that. I'm sorry if I'm straining your patience. I'm not too good with networking.

Also, another individual on a different site told me to type "25565-25565" into the TCP and UDP boxes and it literally stopped my internet from working. I had to revert back to "25565" but it still says that it is closed.
post #10 of 11
192.168.x.x is a private IP range. Which is your LAN, aka your house network

Open CMD

type without quotes ipconfig

You will have now a 192.168.x.x address. That is your COMPUTER IP address.

Now login into the router. Port forward 25565 to 192.168.x.x. That would be your computer's IP

Like my computer's IP is 192.168.1.139, my external is 24.106.xxx.xxx
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Both is for TCP/UDP btw
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