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September 9, 2012 4:36:26 PM

Hello everyone, first of all I'd like to say that I think this thread is fine here, because I'm almost 100% certain it's a problem with my router. If this DOES need moving, I apologise in advance.

Ever since I got my router set up and working (for my PS3) downloadable games don't work on my PC; World of Tanks, ROSE online, AirRivals, Bots, Puzzle Pirates, you name it. Actually, I had a network problem recently, and up to then Puzzle Pirates was working fine, but not anymore.

Whenever I download one of these games (AirRivals was the one I noticed not working first), whether it's a direct download from the site, a different site, or a torrent (from the game's site) doesn't matter. The problem is I cannot play due to a problem with a patching client or updating. Usually a message stating "Connection to the server closed" or something like that.

Before the huge network problem I had (games still didn't work then) AirRivals came with the message "Connection to the field server closed. Game has been terminated." but now, instead, says "Could not connect to Pre server."

Any ideas?
September 10, 2012 1:18:22 PM

You need to check the documentaion for each of those games and see which ports they use. Next, login to your router and make sure those ports are open. This differs among makes of routers, so you will need to read your manual.
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September 10, 2012 3:32:12 PM

Yes, I have tried this for World of Tanks, to no avail. I haven't done this for any other games, so I'll get onto that.
Is the IP address that I input for port forwarding my computer's, or the router's? I have used the IP address of the computer.
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September 10, 2012 3:39:43 PM

Use the IP address of the computer you are forwarding to (the one the games are running on).
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September 11, 2012 4:08:19 PM

Yes, I have done this for World of Tanks, AirRivals and Puzzle Pirates, but nothing has changed.
I definitely got the right ports and IP address.
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September 11, 2012 4:31:11 PM

Have you tried enabling UPnP (Universal Plug N Play) in the router? There aren't many things that can effect this.

1. Windows firewall or 3rd party firewall. Make sure the game ports are accessable.
2. Router: either port forward the necessary ports or enable UPnP.
3. Antivirus software/protection suite: make sure it's not intercepting packets and discarding them.
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