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Port-forwarding And Static Ip's?


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#1 Raydanator

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 02:26 PM

Hi, my friend just port-forwarded his computer, do get faster download speeds or something, but I am wondering what that exactly does, or if it makes your computer more prone to viruses, or if it does anything much for the average user. Sometimes we send each other larger video files, since we like to make movies, etc. but would it speed that up any do you think?

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 05:28 PM

Hi Raydanator, have a look at this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_forward Also this is another good site http://forum.portforward.com/YaBB.cgi?board=;action=login2
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 05:56 PM

Port forwarding is merely directing your router to send traffic on certain ports to a specific computer (IP address) on the network. In and of itself it shouldn't help speed things up.

A static IP address is needed because you forward the ports to a particular IP address. If you're using dynamic IP addresses there's a chance that your computer won't receive the same IP address each time it boots - which would result in the router forwarding the ports to another system (if that particular IP address is even assigned).
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