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Hello all -

I have an old Windows XP machine I was hoping to use as a Minecraft server for a few computers in my house as well as maybe a couple friends over the internet.

I've got the latest version of Java and downloaded the server software from the Minecraft website, the server is running, I have the port forwarded and noted my public IP address, followed all instructions on the Minecraft wiki...

then I get down to the bottom and it essentially tells me that I need to have port 80 (http) open on this machine so others can reach it from the internet; this is where I am confused.... can someone help me go about doing this part?

by the way - I do have a firewall (zonealarm) so security isnt a problem

thanks guys
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new development - i figured out that opening port 80 would be the same as doing 25565 for server.... so tried that - yougetsignal.com 's portchecker tells me that 25565 is open but 80 is closed. both are forwarded to the same local ip (the hopeful server box)

eek! could my ISP be blocking 80? i dunno...

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should have edited op instead of posting again - my bad!
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Very possible that your ISP is blocking port 80 given that you're on a consumer connection.

Is it not possible to configure Minecraft to listen on an alternate port? Would seem rather silly to exclude this to me since having port 80 open on anything but a secured, dedicated web server is just asking for trouble.
    
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My ISP's new modems started blocking port 80 through firmware. You could try asking for a really old modem.
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Thanks for your help guys. upon some further reading I am finding that apart from 25565 (which by the way is modifiable in server.properties) i'm not seeing any mention of forwarding port 80. Is there any reason I would need to open 80 for people to connect to me externally? i'm a bit lost

in either case - I've tried everything I know how and 80 remains closed even when "open" - if I need 80, I guess i'm screwed XD
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No. Unless you're hosting a website on port 80, you should keep it closed.
    
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I've tried everything I know how and 80 remains closed even when "open"
Even if you open the port on your router, the internal LAN device must have a service listening on that port to be considered 'open'.

IIRC, Minecraft should be fine with only utilizing the default port of 25565 TCP/UDP.
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Even if you open the port on your router, the internal LAN device must have a service listening on that port to be considered 'open'.

IIRC, Minecraft should be fine with only utilizing the default port of 25565 TCP/UDP.
Confirmed. Not really sure why the article I read mentioned port 80 being open - I connected with just 25565 open and everything worked out fine playing on it now! For some reason opening 80 seemed a little weird to me - thanks for letting me know. +rep

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