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Port forwarding in Windows® 7

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Learn about the purpose and significance of port forwarding in Windows 7. How can one automate port forwarding in Windows 7 Firewall Control?

Port forwarding is an important process that needs to be carried out in the system from time to time. The process is needed by the router or firewall of the system for sorting the actual kind of network data to the right port. The port is needed by the computer as well as system as a medium for organizing network data. There could be different types of data which needs to be assigned with a port number. These include websites, online games and file downloads etc. With the use of proper port forwarding in your system, either the router or the firewall could send the correct date to the correct recipient.

Here are some details on the purpose and requirements of port forwarding in your system:

  • Giving instructions to firewall
  • Get access to all websites
  • Requirements

Giving instructions to firewall

As you use Internet, there is the possibility that the system may get infected. It could be as a result of some infected websites accessed in your system accidentally. To get away from the issue, you need to configure a proper firewall in the system. The firewall is needed in your system to protect the system for blocking unauthorized information from entering the system. When the firewall is enabled, the system can access Internet connection in your system. This happens as result of firewall blocking all incoming as well as outgoing data in the system. You could enable port forwarding in your system to resolve the issue. It could give instructions to the firewall about which type of data are allowed and how these data could be directed in the network.

Get access to all websites

You could be getting some issues with the network setup used in your home network. You could be getting capable of running public services in the internal machine only which has been made visible to outside users. But, you could be getting unable to run the service in a gateway server. To get the service possible to outside Internet, you could use the help of port forwarding. You could configure the port forwarding in the gateway server. With this, a port on the gateway could be assigned with a port for accepting all connections and then forwarding it to the internal machines port to where the service is listening to.


There are some requirements to automate and secure port forwarding in a system with Windows 7 Firewall Control. The connection sharing box needs to be universal Plug-and-Play compatible. You need to check if the universal Plug-and-Play is enabled in the connection sharing box. The universal Plug-and-Play infrastructure needs to be installed in the system and you need to ensure that the universal Plug-and-Play infrastructure is not be disabled by any third party or Windows firewall software.

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