This web page shows you how to access a home server behind a router firewall.

If you wish to access your home server from outside your network, you need to set up NAT (network address translation) or port forwarding. Forwarding helps you to block unwanted network traffics. It is also used only when you want to expose a service to your computer outside the router’s firewall. Now, let’s see the setup process in detail.

1.First, you need to identify your server’s internal IP address.

  • Step 1:To do so, connect your computer to the router.
  • Step 2:Open the Command Prompt application on your device, type the ipconfig command, and tap Enter.
  • Step 3:Once it is done, your server’s IP address will be displayed beside the Default Gateway section.

2: Set up your router

  • Step 1:Open a web browser on your computer.
  • Step 2:Type your router’s IP address and tap Enter.
  • Step 3:If prompted, enter your router’s credentials.
  • Step 4:Once you are on the router’s web access page, go to the Port forwarding section.
  • Step 5:In the Service Port field, enter the Port number that you wish to provide access.
  • Step 6:Select the protocol type from the given drop-down menu.
  • Step 7:Make sure to enter the IP address in the given field.
  • Step 8:Once you have entered the required information in the given fields, click the Save or Enable button.
  • Step 9:Now, you can access your home server from outside the router’s firewall.
  • Step 10:Use this procedures how to access a home sever behind a router firewall.

Some common services and the corresponding port numbers are listed below:

  • Webserver: 80
  • VNC (remote control): 5900
  • Instiki wiki: 2500
  • BitTorrent: 6881-6990
  • FTP: 21

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