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My friends can't connect to my Minecraft server

By bwarren97 ยท 109 replies
Jan 6, 2012
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  1. Shivum

    Shivum TS Rookie

    Ok guys heres a new problem I port fowarded checked my external and checked internal ip I can connect but my friends cant ive looked at everything and couldnt find out how I hope any of you guys can help
  2. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    Well, how many friends are trying to connnect to you? If it's just one, then it might be possible that their connection might not be allowing them to connect.
    One of my friends was having that problem before with my servers, but he said he might have a fix. He hasn't been on, though, to test whether or not he did fix it.
  3. Stefex

    Stefex TS Rookie

    Im sadly having the same thing. My server worked 2 months ago. Now im making it again. I changed the IP to the new one, because it changed. I portforwarded it. Gave friend external. Tryed disabling firewall. Made inbound 25565 allows. But he still "Can't reach server"

    Any help:)?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    After many years of networking, I've never seen the WiFi SSID used as a password to a router. It is possible to make that occur, but that is not the default.

    Just consider, that's impossible for a router w/o WiFi :)

    Lookup the vender make/model of your router and you can find the user-id/default-password.
  5. Albertfitzroy1

    Albertfitzroy1 TS Rookie

    So ive read 3 pages of this trying to figure it out and I have the external ip and forwarded the adress but my friend still cant connect
    my firewall is off, and yeah
  6. Albertfitzroy1

    Albertfitzroy1 TS Rookie

    Would logmein hamatchi work?
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Don't know how to help you any further. the tutorial is correct and has been implemented by others, so I suggest you've skipped a step or not performed them faithfully - - sorry.
  8. Justin8776

    Justin8776 TS Rookie

    Hey guys, was reading through this earlier in a search to fix to this exact same problem, and figured I'd share. I found out my modem actually has port forwarding settings, so even though I was port forwarding my router, the modem still needed to be configured as such. I went to my modem at local IP, and port forwarded 25565 to, and presto. Hope this helps some of you.
  9. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    This seems like a very valid solution for a lot of people having troubles with this sort of thing. I would have never thought of that until now, because I thought that only the router needed to be configured in all cases. Very good advice!
  10. Poachkama

    Poachkama TS Rookie

    Hi could you help me with my server too? I have a belkin router and my friend used a software which allows another person to have control of your computer, so I installed it, and he helped me by using teamviewer. I let him fix some of my server problems, he did. We port forwarded using my IPv4 address which was, instead of starting off with 192.168.x.x (The X's are blank for the numbers that were supposed to be their..) and yeah, so he helped me, But then we used portforward.com and then he asked me over TeamViewer chat if he could install a software too see if my port forwarding worked, but I was like no, because couldn't we know if it worked by testing and seeing if you could play on my server, so he said no..Also my cousin before admitted that he port forwarded my router when he came here once, is their a interference with what he did? If you get TeamViewer, by downloading it, or you add me on Skype Poku, or Coolbobcat2 , or Poachkama, so if you add me on Skype maybe you could help me. If you need any more information you can help me, you seem fully experienced. My default gateway is also and my I.P from this link http://www.whatismyip.com/ said my I.P was: My friend also helped me get a no-ip.org domain to be buildercraft.no-ip.org, so I don't know if that changed my I.P for the server. So, please try to help me!
  11. Jerrytheslime

    Jerrytheslime TS Rookie

    Hi, I know you must be really annoyed with everyone saying they have the same problem, but I made a bukkit server and my sister in the same house as me can't get on to it. I went to system preferences and clicked network, which gave me the IP, but when I go on to sites like whatismymyipaddress.com and ipchicken.com they give me a different one. I've already made the server and I can get on it fine with the IP that I got from system preferences but my sister can't. I have also tried changing the IP in the server.properties file to the one I got from the websites. Also I can't understand what you're saying (I'm not a tech person really...) I thought you only had 1 IP address... Help! :eek:
  12. Poachkama

    Poachkama TS Rookie

    Re: Jerrystheslime I kind of don't really understand what you mean, but I'm going to do my best to try to answer your questions:

    Your sister that lives in the SAME house as you should be able to get onto it, you should use the IPv4 address from doing Start>Type CMD> Type ipconfig and look for the IPv4 Adress, it should be like or something like that, but my IPv4 address doesn't even start with 192.168.x.x (The X's could be 1,2,) instead it's Tell the IPv4 adress to your sister, you and your sister should TRY To use the IPv4 ADDRESS! If the IPv4 address you used doesn't work for your sister, and it works for you then using the I.P from whatismyipaddress.com and ipchicken.com THE I.P's from both of those sites (whatismyipaddress.com and ipchicken.com) SHOULD GIVE YOU THE SAME I.P. GIVE THAT I.P to your sister to use from the I.P given to you from the sites such as ipchicken.com.

    If you want other people to join your server you'll need to GIVE THEM your I.P from ipchicken.com or from whatismyipaddress.com
    and you need to port forward it, BUT don't do it without your parents permissions, I'm not really sure how to port forward maybe someone could help you with it.

    -Best Wishes!
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Anyone NOT attached to your router needs the IP address from whatismymyipaddress.com.

    Every device in the chain
    needs to be investigated for PORT FORWARDING and if available, you need to set it active thus

    modem->port forward-to->Router
    router->port forward-to->pc
  14. Jerrytheslime

    Jerrytheslime TS Rookie

    Hey thanks, but I don't really know what any of the stuff like router is, and if it helps I'm working on a mac. I gave my sister the IP from the websites but that didn't work either... I guess I can wait a while because I'm still making the server and adding plugins but eventually I'd like to be able to understand about what all this techy stuff is and fix the problem. :p Does anyone have any other suggestions or is anyone able to explain all this stuff in a very basic way and tell me how to access all of it. Thanks in advance :D
  15. Kar0s

    Kar0s TS Rookie

    None of these works. Alright... I am using a bukkit server. I am also using hamachi to attempt allow my friends to join my server. My server is running on my desktop computer, and I play minecraft itself on my laptop, and connect using hamachi. In the Server.properties the ip= section is blank and the port is 25565. The way this is, using my internal ipm, I can connect from either of my computers, but no one else can, using the same ip. I then made the ip= the ipv4 found in my hamachi. Like this, I can connect from THIS computer but not from my laptop, and no one else can connect either. So, am I just destined to not play on my server with my friends? Someone please help me, I've been trying to fix this all day (literally, hours...)
  16. Bill man

    Bill man TS Rookie

    1.Find the server computer's IP.
    2.go into the network administrations and assign the IP a port.
    3.give them you public IP the public IP then tell them to add a ":whatever the port is"
    so its like this <IP>:<port>.
    OH and I prefer using a Linux server
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    hmm - - not good. If you're connected to the Internet and use http://whatismyipaddress.com/ and see address a.b.c.d and then immediately try ipchicken.com and get anything OTHER than the same a.b.c.d, Your tcp environment is haywire.

    Suggest you look at the router configuration information and look carefully at the LEASE information. There are two values: Lease Obtained and Lease Expires. When the Lease Expires date+time, the ip address will automatically be refreshed. Depending upon your ISP, you can get the same address as before, or another one. My lease expires every 12 hrs, but about 99% of the time, I get a constant IP. Recently however, it changed.

    The important issue is between Obtain and Expires, the IP must be constant.

    Now if you get new IP addresses AFTER the expire date, there's nothing you can do about it other than to register with the DynDNS service (see the wiki) OR purchase a true domain name.
  18. Lockhart82

    Lockhart82 TS Rookie

    Hi, Me and my friend made a server at his house which then it worked and we played it. But when I got home and tried to play on his server it wouldn't connect. so it works when ever him and his brother play at there house but when I try it dosent. I know I have the right ip and everthing. And he has it open when I try and join. I know that I have to be in 1.6.1 to play his map. So I don't know what the problem is. we made a server at my house and it worked just swell.When I try joing his game it dosen't say cannot connect. I leave it open and it just says timed out. So I know it has to be some distance thing so I can't reach his connection or it only works under his router so? please help?
  19. Joreou

    Joreou TS Rookie


    It's because when you were at his house you were connecting to his server through his local network. Now you need to go through the Internet and therefore it's necessary for him to open the port in his router before you can connect. Otherwise it'll be blocking it. Look here for further information:
  20. NoahP

    NoahP TS Rookie

    Yo I really need help I have had a server and all of a sudden it stopped working, my ip is static and now all my friends want one so I really need help is that right? could u possible skype me noah.pringle

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  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    I'm sorry I didnt read the 4 pages thread, but on the first at least I didnt read any sugestion on VPNs. You should create a VPN and then have your friends connect like it were a local area network, no router configuration or anything else needed.

    There is a really good solution called Hamachi, I used that with some friends for the same purposes (not minecraft... actually gaming :p) and it served us well. You make an account, then make a "chat room" where your friends enter (you can password protect it) and then you are lan-like.
  22. xJamie

    xJamie TS Rookie

    Minecraft Server Problems

    Hello I made a new Minecraft server and my friends cant join it.I have 1 computer and It got bukkit server in their and portwarded.So I made a new bukkit server on my other computer and I portward it but my friends can't join it.Any solutions?
  23. bwarren97

    bwarren97 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 60

    What operating system is being used on the server computers? What are you using to forward ports? What network device (router) are you using?
  24. When im at my friend's and he hosts LAN I can connect, but when they go to my house, I host LAN. doesn't work (using a THINK PAD)
  25. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    LAN stands for Local Area Network - when you go home are you trying to connect to an instance on your same, local home network?

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