I am trying to set this up in order to forward ports from a specific site. there was a section in the portforward site that i printed out in order to help me do this for Windows Vista. I followed everything step by step, but i still cannot acheive this. If set up on a static IP I cannot get online. I get an error stating the address is already assigned to another computer. The only way I can get back online is everything set back to Obtain IP address automatically.
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Port-forwarding allows connections from the network, i.e., to TCP port #80 at the IP-address assigned to your router, to be "forwarded" (much like a switchboard operator at a university)
to any specific TCP port (but usually the identical port-number) on a SPECIFIC computer "inside" your network.
If your router is '192.168.0.1', then it probably will give-out IP-addresses like '192.168.0.100'
and '192.168.0.101', and '192.168.0.102' to the first 3 computers on your network.
So, "port-forwarding" is used to designate one of those 3 IP-addresses as the one to receive/process all the 'TCP port #80' traffic.
On the router's web-interface, on the "port-forwarding" page, just add an entry for 'TCP port #80'.
You should set static IP address on the device first before doing the port forwarding. And the port needs to be specific for certain applications. Go to www.portforward.com for helpful tips about the exact ports to be opened.
You need to login to your router and go to firewall or virtual servers. In there you can setup port forwarding. The goal is to forward external (internet) traffic to a specific internal machine (your PS3). You do this on a per TCP/UDP port basis and must specify the appropriate external TCP and/or UDP port and internal TCP and/or UDP port. Sounds harder than it is.
Or you can setup your PS3 in your router's DMZ (Demiliterized Zone). This sets up the router to forward ALL internet sourced traffic to a specific machine (your PS3). This is the easier way to do it so you don't have to worry about specific TCP/UDP port numbers.