help! I'm having problems trying to forward ports for gaming

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by SouthernSon, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. SouthernSon

    SouthernSon Network Guru Member

    In particular, I'm trying to play the Age of Empires II expansion online (not that that information is really important at this point). I believe I forwaded all of the right ports, but it still does not work. I even tried enabling DMZ, which from what I understand, opens all of the ports. So the fact that that doesn't all me to connect to or host games, at this point I'm thinking that it's not the port fowarding.

    The router is a Linksys WRT54G Wireless router.
    The receiving hardware is a Linksys WUSB54G USB Network Adapter.

    In case anyone is curious, the network looks like the following (bow to my l33t Photoshop skillz):


    As you see, the router serves as a hub between the computer in the basement and the broadband modem, which is a Westell Wirespeed A90-210030-04. The service provider is BellSouth.

    Essentially, at this point, I don't know where the problem lies. I have set up static IPs on all three computers, so that certainly can not be it. I've tried several things; turning UPnP on an off, turning DMZ on and off, turning the router's firewall on and off. Maybe I just haven't hit upon the right combination? My router firmware is Linksys v.3.03.6

    Because it is a better system, in the past, I've played games on the computer in the basement (which is connected to the router directly by ethernet cable, as opposed to wireless), so I'm thinking, could the ports not be getting forwarded because of the wireless transmission (*shrug*). Both computers with the USB Adapters are running on Windows XP Professional, and they are using Windows wireless software, not Linksys software. Also, in case you are wondering, the computer in the basement is running on Windows XP Home.

    Anyways, y'all's general expertise would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    what error does the game give you?
    is the error different if the PC in question is in the DMZ?
    how far does it get?
    from what I can see that game should work through a nat router with the proper ports forwarded...
  3. SouthernSon

    SouthernSon Network Guru Member

    i don't really get any error messages

    When I try to play a game via 3rd party matchmaking software like at the Microsoft Gaming Zone (, my software reports that the hosted game can not be found after the game has been launched.

    When I try to connect directly to a person's game using their IP address, my game simply can not find that their hosted game exists. So there is not really an error message in this regard; nothing shows up on the screen. Conversely, when I attempt to host a game and I give them my external IP address, their computer can not find my hosted game either. I've tried with about 5 or 6 different people. I'm assuming the problem is that it is not communicating with other computers correctly. Maybe?
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    are the clients getting IP addresses via DHCP or are that statically assigned from the PC?

    The info I have is:

    6073 TCP [Note: DirectX 8]
    47624 TCP [Note: DirectX 7]
    2300-2400 TCP
    2300-2400 UDP

    Find this information at:

    make sure your client PCs has opened ports on the PCs own firewalls if that has any software firewalls.
  5. SouthernSon

    SouthernSon Network Guru Member

    By clients, do you mean my side or other people's?

    The IP I give to people is through, which is the easiest way for me to obtain my IP since I'm behind the router. However, the IPs of all 3 computers involved in the network were statically assigned by me.

    The way my ports are forwarded appears as follows:


    As you can see in this next picture, my internal IP is static at


    As for firewalls outside of the router, I can only think of the Windows firewall that came with SP2, but according to that, the ports for Age of Empires II shouldn't be blocked:


    The only other thing I can think of in this regard is my virus protection program, which is free software called called AntiVir (found at if y'all are curious). But I don't see how it would be blocking my ports, or how to make adjustments if it is doing so.
  6. SouthernSon

    SouthernSon Network Guru Member


    Any suggestions/comments?
  7. almond_23

    almond_23 Network Guru Member

    Try do disable port forwarding for the meantime.

    Try to use dmz. Set the dmz ip adress to a static ip address of your wireless adapter. Go to status tab of your router setup page and get the dns addresses then manually assign them to your wireless adapter. worked for me...:)
  8. GMSkel

    GMSkel Network Guru Member

    I've been having a similar problem.
    I resently reset my router's settings because I was having problems connecting to certain web pages.
    Beofre resetting the router, I could play Multiplayer on AOE with another computer connected on the same router.
    Whenever I went to, both computers would have different external IP addresses, so I was able to play Multiplayer.
    It was 'till now that I reset the router and followed the guy on Technical Support for Verizon that I couldn't play multiplayer with the other computer.
    Now both computer's have the same external IP address.
    At the moment I'm setting up static internal IPs for the computers, but I don't think this will change the external IPs..
    Is there a way I can assign different external IPs to both computers without having to get another internet connection?
    Or is there a way I can play a Multiplayer game with the other computer?
  9. GMSkel

    GMSkel Network Guru Member

    Did a little googling and found this:
    I use the Port Range 2300 to 2400.
    I haven't tested to see if I can play Multiplayer with both computers, but I'll try it later.

    Click on Download to download DXPort.
    Then Unzip and all you have to do is have it on each computer you use and open DXPort, and specifiy which ports to use.
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