let's see if I can shine a little light on your confusion.
To the "port" business:
Ports are simply connection points for different softwares in a computer. You know that websites usually communicate on port 80. That means that port 80 has to be open in a firewall in order to get to a web page. If your port 80 in your firewall is closed - no communication is happening.
Let's say you host a webpage at home, but you don't want anyone to get there easily. You could choose another port (i.e. 801) and if you want to access the page from the road, you had to type "http://www.mypage.com:801" and open that port on your router. If you now want to give access to everyone, but don't want to change your server settings, all you have to do is to re-firect the traffic in your router by saying: "Redirect incoming requests for port 80 to port 801." (This is the public port 80 to the LAN port 801.)
Does this make sense to you?
So...your game on the Wii usually uses ports 28910, 29900, 29901, 29920, 80, and 443. If none of the ports is used by another application, then public and LAN ports are identical (no redirect necessary.)
And here we go:
- Open a web browser like internet explorer or Firefox. Enter the IP
address of your router in the address bar of your browser.
By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.1.1.
- You should see a box prompting you for your password. Enter your password now.
By default your password is admin. Click the Log in button to log in to your router.
- Click the Firewall link.
- Select Disable from the Firewall Enable/Disable drop down box.
Click the Apply button.
Click the Virtual Servers link.
- Click the Add button.
- The Wii requires
you to forward the 80,443,28910, 29900, 29901, and 29920. Go ahead and enter
the settings into the Virtual Servers menu. It looks like this:
IP Address: (your Wii IP)
Protocol Type: TCP (to be safe: "TCP & UDP")
LAN port: 80
public port: 80
Enable: (tick on)
- Repeat the "Add" command and put in all 6 ports.
- To open ALL UDP ports your range is 1 - 65535.
Don't forget to click "Save" when your done!!!
A couple more things:
- I would feel rather uncomfortable to open ALL UDP ports - it is like leaving your front door unlocked and every portscanner will find you wide open. But if you have to...
- To make sure that the IP address you entered for your Wii will stay always the same. you should edit the "DHCP Clients List". Look at your manual page 37/38 (if you don't have one, you can get it here.) This ensures that the ports are always forwarded to you Wii and not to your computer. (If you have questons about this - let me know.)
- And while you're on it: there is a new firmware out: version 2.06T13 from 2007. You can get it here.
But ATTENTION!!! Little nasty line says:
"Special Instructions: A reset back to
factory default is necessary after firmware upgrade. You will need to
reconfig after upgrade. Do not use previous config backup's after
upgrade." - Make sure to upgrade BEFORE you change all the port settings etc. otherwise you will have ot do it again.
- There is a cool webpage to test if your port is open. Go and check it out: http://www.canyouseeme.org/
Oof...So - I think I've got everything... in case I did forget something or it is not clear to you, just come back and leave a comment and we look at it.
Good luck and enjoy!