Hope your patient because this is not my specialty...here is what I know... A buddy and I play Links 2003 with a direct connection--I connect to his IP or vice-versa. Whomever hosts the game always has to disconnect his router and our wives are getting pissed off because they can't get online HELP! Looking for help configuring my router so that his machine can connect to me without me having to disconnect the router everytime. Win XP D Link DI634M router Win Firewall off Comcast Cable Norton says I've created exceptions for this program to run I attained the ports from Microsoft which are: Connection Ports for Client Configuration Ports for Host Configuration Initial UDP Connection 6073 Outbound for Joining 6073 Inbound for Hosting Later UDP Inbound 2302-2400 2302-2400 Later UDP Outbound 2302-2400 2302-2400 I went into my router and entered these ports in the "Port Forwarding" section as well as the "Applications" section. I entered the IP address that my router says is me (192.168.0.147) and this is also the IP address that shows up in the game when I try to host. When my buddy tries to connect to that IP address--we never can. I'm a network illiterate but would appreciate ANY help ---not sure what other info to include but I'd be happy to add if someone needs more! Thanks for any help you can give.