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Basic rule to enable port forwarding is to answer question + check some thing: 1. Is your computer connected directly to the Internet? (Yes = Ethernet cable is from your Computer to outside of your apartment/ house/ block; No = The cable is from your computer to small box: modem / router; No = WIFI connection; Don't know = You are a student within the University network) ¶

Yes - Skip next step (for answer "No") ¶

Don't know - Also skip, but don't expect a lot ¶

No - do those steps: ¶

Find modem/router or user manual ¶
Find on router (/modem/ in user manual) informations like: "IP: 192.168.1.1 login: admin password: admin". Information can be different between router version and company (I have not IP, but common http addres: "http://tplinklogin.net"). The information should be underneath the router. ¶
Open your internet browser and type the IP address to address bar ¶
Simple login window should open: type admin login and password there ¶
Now you are browsing your router settings. You should remember what you are changing. ¶
To trigger port it is need to set static IP address to your computer. Some routers have settings for that within "DHCP" menu. There is a list of all connected computers/ devices with their IPs. You can copy-paste MAC address to second window (or tab), where you can set static IP address for any machine. That is what we need. ¶
After that we need to set port triggering. Menu "Triggering", "Forwarding" or something like that. It contains list of "From", "To", and "IP". "From" and "To" should be port number = 7396. "IP" is an IP of your computer (you set it just before). ¶
After all you probably have to reboot your router (some of them needs that). ¶

END OF SKIP from answer YES !!! ¶

Let's check the firewall (Especially Windows users!) ¶

If the problem is there, we can easily check it in few minutes: ¶

* Close all not important windows (especially Internet browsers) ¶
* When your system is steady (waiting for your commands, not "thinking"): ¶
* Disable firewall within control panel ¶
* Disable your antivirus program ¶
* Now your computer is very open to any virus/ bot/ ... attack, so we shouldn't stay in that for long ¶
* Open Widelands (really it is better to reopen the game) ¶
* Go to multiplayer lobby and begin the game ¶
* Wait for few seconds/ maybe a minute and check if no error was thrown ¶

IF YES (there was an error): ¶

* Your Internet Provider can prohibit setting up any servers ¶
* Don't know - I am not an expert user face-smile.png ¶

IF NO (there was no errors): ¶

* Have fun with setting up servers ;), but... ¶
* You should probably play with settings of your firewall + antivirus program: ¶
* You should find "White list" of programs or something similar, where you can type what programs are allowed to connect via Internet ¶
* Maybe your antivirus has "gaming mode" (Eset has), so the work will be done by the program itself ¶
* Total disabling firewalls and antiviruses is not a good solution. But you can make it shorter: after setting up a server, you can set up firewalls back. Widelands shouldn't throw any error, because the connection exists.