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Problem with connecting two computers....

by crashuk6001 / December 16, 2005 10:13 PM PST

I'm trying to connect two computers to the same Broadband internet: AOL ADSL connection.

The problem is, I can't use a router because the router gives me an IP and clients can't connect to that from outside, I use one of the computers to be connected to the router as a host for a multiplayer game over the internet, using a router would mean other players couldn't connect.

Is there any other way to connect two computers to the same ADSL internet connection without using a router?

Computer #1 (Direct Connected ATM)
No manufacturer, custom built.
OS: Windows XP Professional Edition

Computer #2 (Not connected ATM)
Tiny Computers
OS: Windows Millennium Edition

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You could use a router and set it to allow connections.
by tleroy-homecomputeraid / December 18, 2005 10:33 AM PST

You could do Port Address Translation with most routers allowing the gaming through the router. This can be called different things on different routers. If you post your router model, I might be able to tell you how to set it up.

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Router Model
by crashuk6001 / December 19, 2005 1:17 AM PST

I'm not 100% sure what you're looking for when you say 'Model' But it's a U.S.Robotics Sureconnect ADSL modem/router. Modem model 9003.

It may change in the future though, we're haiving trouble even with getting it to connect to the internet.

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I believe they call it Virtual Servers
by tleroy-homecomputeraid / December 20, 2005 10:19 AM PST
In reply to: Router Model
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by crashuk6001 / December 20, 2005 7:39 PM PST

Thanks, that'll do perfectly. Just one last question though -


Which of these 'pre-defined services' do I need to use for hosting a game server?

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None of the above...
by tleroy-homecomputeraid / December 21, 2005 5:53 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

I don't think any of those predefined ones will work. You'll have to find out the port number(s) from your game program, site, or forum, and make a custom service if the device lets you do that.

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