Opening Ports for Network Games

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Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » Jul 11, 2013

Before anything else, if you have the Mac internal firewall turned on, either turn it off, or ensure the game is allowed incoming connections as follows:
  • System Preferences -> Security -> Firewall -> Advanced -> "+" -> GrassGames' Hearts

The same goes for Windows firewall - you should allow the game full access.

The game tries to open a port on your router to help network games connections. However this may or may not be successful.

You can check if the port is being opened properly are by using the Port Map program by Coding Monkeys - here's the Mac download link: (no Windows one yet, sorry)

http://www.codingmonkeys.de/portmap/download

After you download the program, do the following:

  • Start the game
  • Select Network Game
  • Create a game - this should open a port
  • Start the Port Map program that you downloaded
  • Press the All UPnP Mappings button
  • See if a port has been opened by the game

You can add a port for the game by doing the following (not a bad idea even if a port is listed already):
  • Start the game
  • Select "Network Game"
  • From the lobby click the bottom right button
  • Select "Options"
  • Note down the two port numbers being used
  • Start the Port Map program
  • Click the "+" button in Port Map
  • Enter the first port number in the Local Port field
  • Check both TCP and UDP
  • Type Hearts or Cribbage into the Description field
  • Press Add Mapping
  • Repeat the steps above to add another port for the second port number you noted down above

Now try connecting to people within the game.

If this does not work you can also try to change your port number in the online options to a different number between 43000 and 53000, then add the mappings above again for the new numbers.
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Re: Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » Jul 11, 2013

Also for those still having problems after using Port Map, you can have a look here to see if you router setup needs adjusting:

http://portforward.com

If you get an "unidentified developer" error message when opening Port Map (or anything else for that matter), right-click it and select "Open" instead.
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Re: Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » Nov 19, 2013

New help here for manually opening ports routers.

This has fixed connection problems for some people running Linksys WRT54G routers.
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Re: Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » Mar 24, 2014

And more new help here for setting up a Static IP Address.

This will definitely help some iPhone users, probably others also.
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Re: Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » May 04, 2014

One user reported that changing the port number to 50000+ (e.g. 50100) may help also.

Another user reported success changing the port number to 43312.

To to this click the bottom right button in the lobby and select "Options".
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Re: Opening Ports for Network Games

Postby Aidan » Jun 22, 2014

If you router has a UPnP setting, ensure this is turned on or enabled, and reboot your router if you made changes.

Directions to see your router configuration are here (in section 3).
The UPnP setting may appear in the security section or your router configuration page.
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