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UO and Port Forwarding (firewall settings)

Discussion in 'UHall' started by drinkbeerallday, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. drinkbeerallday

    drinkbeerallday Visitor

    Jun 4, 2008
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    Obviously UO works behind a hardware firewall/router and it's simple to allow traffic through Windows Firewall and other software firewalls.

    ea.custhelp link

    The NAT on a home router does most of this work for us. I'm posting because I want to know if there's a reason / benefit to manually opening the ports to incoming traffic. Will I lag less if I open those ports or is lag mostly unrelated to a NAT router that is functioning properly?
  2. Bomb Bloke

    Bomb Bloke Lore Keeper
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    Apr 26, 2008
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    Port forwarding is used to allow other systems to open a connection to yours. This is a good thing in, say, BitTorrent (where the more connections with other people you have the better), and a requirement if you wish to host a gaming server of your own (or else no one can join you and play).

    In cases where you're connecting to another system, the port forward doesn't do much at all.