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Firewalls: D-Link Router

Document number: dlinkfaq.2003
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How do I configure hotComm and a D-Link router?

To configure a D-Link router for incoming hotComm connections:

  1. Assign a static IP address to the computer running hotComm. See Assign a Static IP.

  2. Open your D-Link administration program. (Note: specific references below are for a D1-704P router. For other routers, see an excellent FAQ from D-Link TechSupport: How do I open ports on my D-Link router?)

    1. In the D-Link Virtual Server screen, identify your computer as a Virtual Server.

      Map Ports (the hotComm incoming ports) to it. See screenshot: Virtual Server.

      Field Instructions
      Service Ports Enter a hotComm port.
      Server IP Enter the static IP address of the computer running hotComm.
      Enable Check the Enable box.
    2. Check the D-Link access controls to ensure that all outgoing ports are connectible.

      Access for any group that includes your computer should be set to Block specified ports instead of Allow specific ports, and the list of ports to be blocked should be empty. (Note: this screen controls ports without designating whether the connections are incoming or outgoing.) See screenshot: Access Control.

  3. In your hotComm start-up icon and in the hotComm Preferences AutoStart Cmd Line, add the appropriate parameter to identify the port on which incoming connections are expected. For example, if the port mapped to your computer is 8180 then the start-up parameter is -i2.

  4. Re-start your computer.

  5. From another computer, test access to your ezPeer site.

Repeat this process for each computer that is running hotComm.