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Port Forwarding: Which menu to use?

Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-FedRegistered User regular
I need to try and forward some ports on my PC to try and get Borderlands 2 to work. Do I do it through McAfee, through the Windows Firewall system (which actually says to use McAfee) or through the modem system page in the web browser? Or all of them?

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited September 2012
    anything that blocks ports will need to be configured

    so both McAfee and your modem (assuming it also is your local router)

    however, borderlands 2 probably already (tried to) let itself through your local machines firewall if it could (you probably would have gotten a popup asking). It also probably tries to let itself through your modem's firewall as well, via pnp, but that doesn't seem to always work properly

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Crap.

    Ok, thank you.

  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Registered User regular
    Further to End's comments:

    Plus (U)PnP "firewall" features are a terrible idea to leave enabled. It's ripe for exploitation by malware. Always do it by hand.

  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Apothe0sis wrote: »
    Further to End's comments:

    Plus (U)PnP "firewall" features are a terrible idea to leave enabled. It's ripe for exploitation by malware. Always do it by hand.

    Can't, I have no idea what that even is.

  • ueanuean Registered User regular
    1 - check your windows firewall. Check the exceptions list, and make sure that your program is among them. If not, add the program executable to the list. Once done, test.
    2 - If you have McAffee, I am sorry for you. I'd personally just disable the McAffee firewall as it is crap and hurts more than helps, but if you don't want to disable it, you'll need to add the program executable to the list as well as any ports that are required. You havent said what they were yet though. Once done, test.
    3 - If you're still SOL you'll need to make adjustments to your router. If you have a DMZ setting on your router, add the current IP of your computer to the DMZ, save, and test. If everything works, then for sure the router is blocking traffic. If it still doesn't work, you'll need to go back and double check your windows firewall and McAffee firewall settings. Once again I'd recommend turning off the McAffee firewall. Anyway, assuming that it does work with your computer in the DMZ, go back and remove your computer from the DMZ. [FYI, the putting your IP in the DMZ is basically like taking your computer and plopping it on the other side of the router, the unprotected side of the firewall, so don't leave it there... this is just for testing]. The menu in your router will vary depending on the brand of router that you have so you can either get back to the thread with the make and model of router for more help, or scour the help pages. But you'll basically want to forward the external port to the same internal port to the IP of the machine you are using. We can help more with that if needed.

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