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Okay, since I have been asked on countless occasions how to port forward I have decided to make a simple guide on how to port forward your basic router.
The following guide was made using a Buffalo router.
This will NOT tell your specifically how to port forward your model router but will give you the gist of the know how.
Lets get started.
Create a shortcut to "cmd" on your desktop.
Open up the shortcut and you should see a black box. [dont panic, its nothing bad]
In the black box, type the following "ipconfig" and note down your "Default Gateway" and "IP Address" under your "Ethernet Adapter"
Open up Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or any other internet browser you prefer and enter the following, "http://defaultgateway".
Where "defaultgateway" is the numbers of your default gateway you noted down earlier.
This should then give you a prompt for a username and password, if you have changed your routers username or password, by default it should be:
Password: password or pass
If you have changed the credentials, enter them in.
If none of your logins work, you have a problem...
You should have entered your routers main configuration page.
Now for the tricky part.
Scour around the settings and options and try and locate a link for:
NAT or Network Address Translation
[If your router has other names for it, please post]
After pressing the link you will be directed to a page with alot of boxes and numbers.
Again, scour around for boxes with a label "TCP" and "UDP" in these boxes enter the ports you want to forward.
If instead you are given two boxes asking you to state a Start and End port, in both boxes enter the same port if you don't to port forward a range. For example:
Example with NO range.
Example with range from 8484 to 9000.
You will then be asked what your LAN IP address is, enter this in.
Usually it will already be entered and available as a radio button.
Press Ok and you should have port forwarded that particular port/s!
Port Forwarding On a D-Link Router
Go to your router page following the steps above.
Press the "Advanced" tab and enter in the following information to port forward:
Name: MapleStory Private Server 1
Private IP: [You LAN IP]
Protocol Type: Both
Private Port: [port you want to forward]
Public Port: [Same port as above]
If your router has other ways of port forwarding, or your have screenshots please feel free to post.
I will add more details after some sleep, hope this guide helps a few people.