GetRight does try to set this up automatically (if your router/firewall supports Universal Plug-and-Play) but not
all routers allow this, and not all Internet connections will need it.
* Note that by "Firewall" we mean a hardware firewall, not the software one that's built into Windows, ZoneAlarm, etc.
|How you connect to the Internet...||Need to worry |
|A) A Modem dialing a phone||No|
|B) A Cable Modem or DSL where your computer connects by one cord to the Cable/DSL box, which then connects by one cord into the wall.|
1 If this is true, your computer is pretty much open to hackers, worms, etc. You really should get a router or firewall.
|C) Your computer connects into a router or firewall (either with a cord or wirelessly) which then connects by a cord to a Cable/DSL/etc box, which is connected by a cord into the wall.||Yes|
|D) At work/school/etc. where your computer connects either with a cord to the wall or wirelessly and network administrators handle all the setup, routers, and firewalls for you. |
2 Hopefully it works automatically, otherwise you'll likely need help from your network administrators.
|E) Your computer connects either with a cord or wirelessly to a "public" network, such as at an airport, hotel, or coffeeshop. |
3 Hopefully it works automatically, otherwise there's really nothing you can do.
These directions are really only if you fit into category C above. (And those of you in category B should get a router or firewall!)
With a router or firewall, everyone on the Internet will connect to it first when they're really trying to connect to your computer. Port Forwarding tells your router to accept these incoming connections and how to direct these incoming connections to the right computer. (This is one of the ways the router protects you, it only accepts "authorized" connections from the Internet.)
GetRight does try to set it up automatically. Most newer routers should work fine, but older ones might not.
There are choices for how to do the Port Forwarding. You may want to try both, using the Test button on the BitTorrent--Network config page to see which works the best for you. I've had neither work, but then unplugged the power from the router to reset it and retried and then it did work. If neither work, it's something to try.
By default, GetRight uses the range 6881-6899, but you can change to use a specific port on the "BitTorrent" configuration page in GetRight.