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Topic # 9304 6-Sep-2006 07:14
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Hey all

We're having a bit of a problem with my friends router. When we do ipconfig it just brings up but we're wanting him to have a real IP address to use. It works fine for, say - a game thats hosted on a server but whenever we play something where the game creator becomes the host it just can't find each other.

EDIT: He's using Ihug, and an Ihug supplied router

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  Reply # 45541 6-Sep-2006 07:46
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  Reply # 45547 6-Sep-2006 09:39
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Hi there, the address is the IP the router is giving your friends computer, the router itself will have the real IP address given by the internet provider.

There are a couple of ways you can get your games to go through the router properly:

1)  Port forwarding : some routers can be setup to do this automagically, others need to be configured to do (in which case you'd need to know what ports your game is using and do the config .. is a good website to help you)

2)  Put your friends computer in the DMZ : De-Militarised Zone (no serious thats what it means), it will basically expose your friends computer to the internet directly (your router will appear to not exist as far as the computer is concerned, so all traffic going to your router will be sent to the computer) .. this is NOT recommended mind, your average Windows PC is far to insecure to last very long :-)

3) Can't remember the next way ...

But should have all the answers you need ... very good site, and has step by step instructions for most games, applications and routers out there.

Good luck


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