Game Servers

Hundreds of thousands of Internet users enjoy hosting Internet games, so that their friends can access imaginary worlds of their own creation, or enjoy team play in a carefully structured environment. However, configuring any kind of an Internet server requires some extra steps.

In general, when you want to host a server or service on the Internet, you'll want to take these steps:

  1. Assign a local static IP address
  2. Use "Port Forwarding" to inform your own local NAT router that outsiders will be requesting the service
  3. Advertise the public IP Address of your NAT router to interested people on the Internet. Usually this is best done with "Dynamic DNS".

Several of our movies are useful in this situation. Click on the "View Now" icon below to see a brief, free summary.

     

Two other movies that you will find useful as you configure a server include:

Dynamic DNS

Configuring Your Internet Connection Part 2: Static IP Configuration