Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Hi smartsolve, here I am back again already. I don't know which catagory I'm supposed to be in but I guess you will find me.
I'm on a new mission now. I have been trying to download a movie and I'm stuck because it says I have to set up port forwarding. I tried following the instructions but they are quite technical. It was pretty scary I can tell you as I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or if it was a safe thing to do & I was a bit reluctant to do too much after all your hard work in getting me sorted with the last issue. I thought I had better ask first :-) I went onto PortForward.com and there was a list of all the types of routers you could configure automatically. I was rapt as I thought this is going to be easy. Wrong! Of course I have to have one that needs to be done manually. It started getting into all sorts of things I've never seen or heard of before; that's when I retreated. I have a D-Link DSL 504G ADSL Router. Can you help me please my friend or is it too much of an ask. You can be brutal and tell me if its going to be too hard.
I look forward to hearing from you when you can. I see you are really busy and this isn't that important. I should give you my email.
Hi Monny! I too have been trying to figure out a way for us to communicate by email without posting addresses here. I was thinking about maybe setting up a temporary free account - like a hotmail or something - that we could use to just exchange info, and then close it down. I have never used those type accounts though, so I am not sure about that. What do you think?
Before we get to the port forwarding matter, how has your computer been acting since the hotfix was "fixed"? Is everything working OK? It seems like it's only been just a few days since we got it working, right? I too would be hesitant to make significant changes too quickly, only because evidently your computer was completely dysfunctional for so long... So I think you did exactly the right thing when you said "hold up, this is a little complicated"! I also would hesitate to download from a site that requires you to make changes to your equipment - it really doesn't seem like it should be that way.
I have spent some time today researching this matter, and went to the portforward.com site to see what exactly was going on there. Did you look at this page, talking about how the one port / one program rule basically works?
There are a couple more issues that I think are basic to this decision. You only have the one computer, and it is connected directly to your router, right? Port forwarding typically is used for programs where an outside party wants to connect directly to a server that is behind your router/firewall. (See http://www.portforward.com/cports.htm.) In other words, I am not certain I understand the reasoning behind the movie site requiring port forwarding - you aren't involving a server, and probably none of the programs listed on that page - and I am usually skeptical of any attempt by an external source to go around your router or firewall. That router/firewall is your basic system protection from all the "big bad wolves" out there.
To be a little bit "motherly" here, imagine in the fairy tale, the three little pigs without any of their houses... If they hadn't had the houses - the walls to be blown down - it wouldn't then have been a matter of the wolf trying to blow the walls down to get at the pigs! Your router is kind of like those walls - it is a critical piece of your protection from the big bad wolf. While I realize this may sound a bit paranoid, I am still trying to correct damage done to my daughter's PC by some unknown virus(es) or other malware she managed to pick up, after months during which she has been forced to ask permission to use mine because her's doesn't work now!
Aside from my natural protective nature, especially for those who I care about, this all may be a mute point anyway, as the guide for the 504G indicates that you must have a static IP address. That is not the typical mode of operation for most users - do you have a static IP address?
Now, with all this probably having bored you to death, I will stop for the time being. If you think you want to do this, and you have a static IP, let me know the movie site involved, and I will see if the software they are proposing to forward is supported through the site we've looked at. You might also check out another movie site or two and see if they all handle things this way - I really don't know what is typical in that area. Either way, I would suggest that you back up your PC, so that if something goes wrong we can get you at least back to where you are now. I will help you work through any of these things that I can, and look forward to hearing from you again!
Hope all is well -
Posted on Jun 15, 2008
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