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Wannabe Geek

# 19186 8-Feb-2008 19:22
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Caveat: Im dumb.

I recently tried out one of the portforwarding exercises on portforward to play Age of Empires. Here is the link, which shows you my router is a D-LINK DSL-302G - I'm also running Vista Home as my OS.

Problems started when I tried to set up my static IP, I collected all of the information from my router on the System View page where it gives my "ip", "mask", and "gateway", aswell as using ipconfig in a command prompt. After that I went into the TC/IP thing in my connections and basically tried every possible combination I could construe between the two sets of information. It didn't work for me, each set of information either telling me my default gateway didn't match my IP or not and then I wasn't able to pull up pages. Portforward advised I contact my ISP for the DNS nameservers which tend to be where mistake are made, IHUG tech staff gave me the same DNS nameserves I got off of ipconfig, but everytime I tried to setup a static IP my Network said "identifying" and then it said unidentifable network and I couldn't pull up any page, or it just said nothing and acted like it was still connected but I still couldn't pull up any pages.

After that I went into my router to tried to set up the ports with a dynamic ip. In NAT  when I tried to enter a new NAT rule as it shows on the link I gave above, I got this error ' Error: Mandatory parameter not specified', which didn't make sense because I did exactly as instructed so I don't know if it was either because of my dynamic IP or something else.

Any advice?

Sorry if I didn't express myself very well.


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  # 109339 8-Feb-2008 20:22
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This is a reiteration - mainly covering the same you should have done before on the site you looked at, but I'll just make sure you don't skip anything. This is mainly the same for most D-Link routers today.

You will need to think of a Static IP which will run under your router's IP, which is 10.1.1.XXX (e.g. my one is, and in the file below, their example is You can choose any one other than and any others which are used (obviously).

Then follow, and make three rules (according to the website you posted) for ports from 2300-2400, 6073, and 47624.

After you reboot, you will need to go back to:
    Control Panel
    > Network and Sharing Centre
     > Manage network connections
      > Local Area Connection (or whatever you renamed your Ethernet connection)
       >[right click] Properties
        > [double click] Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4).

  • Select "Use the following IP address:"
  • Enter:
    1. IP Address: "" - the address you chose
    2. Subnet mask: The result from the ipconfig command
    3. Default gateway: ""
You should be fine after a short reconnect.

I think the Static IP configuration part was left out from the site, which left you in limbo. You must also set your IP in the router so that it can recognise it.

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  # 109393 9-Feb-2008 00:43
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Hey thanks, well I guess it might of gone against the impression I got from this;

But it makes sense, and it works, although I'm not sure how I know my static ip is working other than the fact my internet still works after putting through the settings with my IP as , subnet mask as and my default gateway as and the ihug dns nameservers I pulled from ipconfig, I'll keep you updated with how I go from here on out.


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  # 109405 9-Feb-2008 08:13
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Usually, an ISP will serve you a dynamic IP (which is fine 99% of the time unless you're running a 24 hour service like a web server) via your modem.

The modem then puts you under its own network. It also serves you a new dynamic IP. This will cause trouble, and is the reason why you need to set a Static IP to address your computer directly from your modem - and that's what you just setup there.

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