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Port Forwarding (Plus Edition)
Abstract
The typical internet connection is made via a hardware device, so-called firewall/router. Such devices offer a lot of advantages, provide with the internet connection sharing, protect from multiple Internet threats/attacks an so on. The protection key is disabling incoming connections from the Internet to computers connected to the device. However, you may have some programs (typically servers) that require incoming connections enabled. You can configure the device manually to enable such connections forcibly. Windows 10 Firewall Control allows you to automate the process and makes the reconfiguration more comfortable and safe.
The Benefits
  • Automatic hardware detection.
  • There is no need to reconfigure the device by switching the device's Port Forwarding settings on/off manually every time you need the configuration made.
  • If your computer is assigned with a dynamic IP address and the IP address is changed, Windows 10 Firewall Control reflects the IP address changing and reconfigures the hardware automatically.
  • Windows 10 Firewall Control monitors the programs running state and sets port forwarding accordingly automatically. If a configured for port forwarding program is launched, Windows 10 Firewall Control configures the hardware for port forwarding. If the program is stopped/terminated, Windows 10 Firewall Control removes the port forwarding automatically.
Requirements
  • The hardware must be uPnP (universal Plug-and-Play) compatible. Almost any modern firewall/router is uPnP compatible.
  • uPnP must be enabled in the hardware. It's the default state typically.
  • uPnP infrastructure must be installed on the computer running Windows 10 Firewall Control. The state is default mostly as well.
  • uPnP infrastructure must be enabled and not blocked by a third party or native Windows Firewall.
Port Forwarding manual configuration
Windows 10 Firewall Control allows to configure port forwarding manually or automatically. The manual configuration can be performed by adding a related entry to the Port Forwarding list by clicking toolbar, via the right click context menu or the hotkey. Windows 10 Firewall Control shows you a dialog to determine an external port (the port on the hardware device to "forward" from), an internal port (the port on your computer to "forward" to) and a protocol (TCP or UDP). "Sync with External Router" allows Windows 10 Firewall Control to start configuring the hardware. After the settings are made the hardware will be reconfigured accordingly within several seconds. You can add, remove or modify the port forwarding entries anytime.
Port Forwarding automatic configuration
if a program is set with a zone that requires port forwarding, Windows 10 Firewall Control adds the required configuration to the hardware automatically on the program start and removes the configuration when the program is stopped/terminated automatically as well. The "live" configuration is displayed in the Port Forwarding list and updated automatically. The process can be started/stopped by checking/unchecking "Sync with External Router". Please see Zone Editor for how to configure a program to request port forwarding.