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How to Locally Host Multiplayer Game Servers (With Port Forwarding)

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Hello Weary Internet Traveler,

This guide to port forwarding is probably the best thing you can do for yourself and all your buddies that are bunkered down in their living rooms playing a round of some kick-ass game with you, port forwarding is a step within any persons hosting needs and it essentially opens up your router so your servers can respond to your friends connections. This is an essential and easy skill, just flip right through the next steps and you will be on your way to a new and easier future for you and your gamer friends. I mean, who doesn't want to be the only nerd in the group who knows how to host?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ~Nomad~
 
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Step 1: Finding your Routers IPv4 address.

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1. Click the Windows button on your computers keyboard located in between Crtl + Alt.
2. Type CMD into the search bar and hit enter.
3. Type IPconfig into CMD.
4. Find the IPv4 Adress.
5. Revel in your glory.

Simple right?!?!? Who knew server hosting was this easy?!?!?

Step 2: Logging into your router.

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1. Open the browser of your choice, I like firefox but some would say google chrome is better, the real message is just don't use Internet Explorer.
2. Insert your IPv4 adress into the URL bar.
3. When asked what the Username and Password for your router are, DON'T PANIC. If you have never set these options for your router chances are the username is admin and the password is well.... password. I would advise changing them as these particular choices are not the most secure, but that's not what this tutorials all about!

Step 3: Finding the Port Fowarding Tab in your routers interface.

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(This is where the tutorial gets more personalized, I will give the tutorial for this step from my routers model which is the NETGEARr6300)

1. On the Advanced tab on the NETGEAR interface you will find a ADVANCED Home Navigation Box on the left of the router's page
2. Click on Advanced Setup
3. Click on Port Forwarding/Port Triggering
4. Almost done! Feel free to take a break and get a drink of water or something of the sort.
Ravirar9 months ago
Nice! Well written instructions! :) Maybe will try it. Can you use a separate laptop just for the server to give it more space?

Thanks.
BannOffZyklop12 months ago
But what is the admin name i don't knew it And the same with the Passwort
nomad3014 (author)  BannOffZyklop11 months ago
In response to BannOffZyklop's comment. The username is admin and the password is password. Those are the defaults.
jackd3331 year ago
Even though i haven't done it, thumbs up for a well-explained tutorial!