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Why cant my friends join my minecraft server?

  1. I made a minecraft server by downloading the forge 1.10.2 server download. Im on a mac and I port forwarded it by going to airport utility, clicking edit, then network, changed router mode from bridge mode to DHCP and NAT, the DHCP range is 10.0.1.2 to 10.0.1.200, under DHCP Reservations I added the server
    then I added it under port settings. I can connect to it from any computer in the local area network but my friend from far away cant. I tried a few different things but im not very experianced at port forwarding so I dont know. Can anyone help me?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    You need to tell them your PUBLIC IP address
     
  3. ImakeServers562

    ImakeServers562 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The ip I told them was the one listed under wifi in system preferences. is that the public ip?? if not, where can I find it?
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

  5. ImakeServers562

    ImakeServers562 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well my friend tried to get on there with the public ip but the server timed out. What should I do?
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    Reverify the port-forward from the router->server and that server MUST have a consistent LAN address,
    Then the server MUST be running.
     
  7. ImakeServers562

    ImakeServers562 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The server is running, but it times out when my friend tries to join. I dont know if I did anything wrong with the port forwarding, but I'd like some more info about making servers on a mac
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    It's all controlled from the router, so Mac vs PC doesn't matter.
    1. get the MAC address of the system NIC
    2. login to the router
    3. find the LAN setup
    4. make an address reservation for the MAC address to any address on the router - - say x.x.x.101
    5. save the config
    6. now look for the Port Forward settings
    7. forward the game port(s) to x.x.x.101
    8. save the config
    9. log out of the router
    disconnect the system from the router; wait a minute or two and then reconnect
    you should be able to PING x.x.x.101 to prove the address reservation is correct.
     

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