Port Forwarding

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Hi, I have a program called PLEX which allows my computer to act as a server for my video content.  I have installed the app and all is working fine within my network (at home), however the Remote Access is not working and that is one of the key features of this app.  A while back I had a computer guy do a port forwarding (don't really know what this means), and he said that things should work fine from then on.  However, that is not the case and I no longer have access to that guy so I need some help.  My router is a Nighthawk X4 R7500 v2.  Can some help please. Thanks.
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Ryan ChongSoftware Team Lead

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Depends on your router model, you should able to see one of the sections called as Port Forwarding or NAT Forwarding or similar. try to make the setup there and point a port to your local machine's IP address.

and make sure your firewall is not blocking the port that you're using for Remote Access.
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Ah ... you are aware that drilling a hole through your firewall makes your IP address very attractive to all the port scanners out there on the internet?  Finding an open port brings in all the worst elements from the internet, trying to break into whatever it might be.

So unless you're sure that the server software is extremely secure and there's no possible way of exploiting it to gain access to its host computer (and I personally think there's no such software), it might be prudent to run it on a small, dedicated system that is not allowed to use Microsoft Networking, is not allowed to access any other systems on your home network, is not allowed to access any NAS devices that might be used by other systems, and most definitely is not your primary home PC.

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Thank you.  I had no idea it would create that many problems.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Thank you.  I had no idea it would create that many problems.

Well, it may not.  But then again, it could.  When it comes to security, viruses and malware are becoming extremely vicious and "they" only have to be lucky once.  You have to be lucky every time.

As Horace Hussein al-Shamlan Bury said, "I do not bet the future of the human race at any odds."  A good policy, and it should also apply to computer security.

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