To configure a netgear router, one needs to forward the necessary ports, in other words: allow the machine that is going to be used to play Emperor multiplayer to access the web through the ports used by multiplayer. To do that, you need to first find out the IP address of your machine, and then configure the router. That approach can sometimes cease working, however, as if the DHCP is enabled by the router, the IP address of your computer might change. If you have a small network, that is not likely to happen very often, but nonetheless, you need to be aware of the fact. If Emperor multiplayer just stops working at some moment in time, check that the settings of your router are still correct. To set up your router, follow these steps:
- First of all, you will need to learn the IP address of your machine. To do that, click Start and Run (Windows XP keyboard shortcut: +r). In the Open field type in "cmd". Press Enter or click OK.
- In the command prompt, type "ipconfig /all", and press
- Write down the IP address of the network adapter, through which your computer is connected to the router.
- Now, launch your internet browser, and in the Address field type in "http://192.168.0.1", which is the default address of your router, and should work, unless you have changed the default settings. Press Enter.
- A login window will pop up. Type admin in the User Name box, 1234 in the Password box, and then click OK. Please note that if your router password was previously changed, you need to enter the current password.
- In the main menu of the browser interface, click "Advanced", then "PORTS" to access the port forwarding menu.
- Add a new entry. Set the Start port to 25332, the End port to
25333, and the Server IP Address to the number you found out above.
- Click the Apply button.
- Emperor multiplayer should now work. If it doesn't, however, go back to the same screen, and change the 0.0.0.0 in the "Default" row to the IP address of your computer. That way, all the ports will be open for it. Note, though, that in this case, there will be virtually no protection from the router, and the machine will be exposed to the Internet.
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