Network control: how to configure your router


Created on January 13th, 2011

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How to configure the router or firewall with Flight Simulator X?

When using a router, different problems can occur with the connection, like a “Unable to connect” error in FSX when you are trying to connect with a session, or your connection is cut off unexpected. Not only you, but all other pilots in a session must “forward”  different ports in the router and/or in the firewall, in order Flight Simulator to communicate correctly with the outside world.  Different programs use different ports and sometimes the initial set up of the router does not allow incoming connections. As a result, when data arrives at one of the ports, the router does not “know” what to do with it, and with a consequence that you don’t get connected or loose the connection. The solution is to instruct the router/firewall which ports are needed for the FSX program. The related port number(s), the protocol type (TCP and/or UDP), and the “internal” IP address from the PC running FSX, must be opened.

The internal IP address is your PC address in your local network. This is only valid for your PC in your network and does not apply for other computers on the Internet. Other computers use your external IP address. You can find your internal IP address clicking the Windows Start button, then go to Programs / Accessories / Command Prompt, and type “ipconfig” to read your IP address. This local IP address starts with  ”192.168″, as in 192.168.1.100, etc.
Your external IP address will show up using this link www.whatismyip.com.

Other users must use your external IP address to get connected: e.g.: 123.321.xxx.xxx

The network ports to be forwarded in the router towards the PC that is running FSX are:
FSX: UDP 6112-6122, UDP 23456, UDP 6073 and UDP 2302 tot 2400

Also take care that the UPnP function in your router is enabled.

Using WideFS open the ports 8002 and 9002  (both UDP).

Please have a look on  this website and find a great number of routers and samples how to configure. Furthermore you can use this program FSPORTTEST in order to check if the ports are set up correctly.