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Port Forwarding for Online Games

I was wondering if Port Forwarding was a security issue. I have a Netgear MR814v2 router connected to an adaptor on another computer. That adaptor's model is MA101. I want to open the ports on the adaptor's computer. I'm trying to play Age of Empires II on the Zone and NWN, therefore I need to open these ports:
47624
2300-2400
5121
28800-29000
6667
Are these too many ports to open? Is it a security issue, or is it safe?
Thanks all for the help.

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Re: Port Forwarding for Online Games

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I'll write none. For a forwarded port to be a security issue, the software that responds to that port would have to be a security issue.

Pretty simple.

Bob

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So basically if zone.com for example were an insecure server it would be a problem, but if the server's secure, it's not a problem for me?

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"So basically if zone.com for example were an insecure server it would be a problem, but if the server's secure, it's not a problem for me?"

Let me repeat it a little. IF your machine was running a program that worked on said port you opened up and said software that responded to said port, and allowed bad or unsafe things to happen, then that's the risk. Not "zone.com." Why? Anyone can call your machine on said port, so it matters not what zone.com is doing, but what you have on your machine and what it does in response to said connection.

Bob

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In other words, if my router's secure (which I'm pretty sure it is), it shouldn't be an extra security concern?

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"In other words, if my router's secure (which I'm pretty sure it is), it shouldn't be an extra security concern?"

As secure as the game is, that is how secure this is. If you read that users of this online game are being hacked by the hundreds, then you may want to drop off until you read what happened.

Bob

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Ok. Thanks for the help.

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cant play age of empires via netgear router

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can any one help i have just hooked up with a netgear wirelss router and since doing this have not been able tojoin any age of empires games but can host them. but once game is finehed i get terminated from zone. i Hve tried opening all the ports suggested but to no avail... thanks carmie

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