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Vodafone Router Configuration for Incoming Connection and other Services

This post is about specific Vodafone Home Broadband Router configuration for Incoming Connection and other service on your home computer.

This is not a tutorial, and will not be going into details of the services and router configuaration, I just want to point out couple of points you need to pay attention to.

1. Port Forwarding. Vadafone Router has its own name for Port Forwarding, it's called Port Mapping under Port Management category.The picture below shows that I set up web server on my desktop, I map my local address on port 80; and I set up PPTP incoming connection by mapping local address on port 1723.

Port Forwarding
2. Exposed Host.If you have set up Port Mapping, you still can't get what you want, then you have to put your device outside the Firewall, i.e. bypass Vodafone Connects (means Router) firewall, in a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), using it's Exposted Host Function.

Static NAT (Network Address Translation) means the Router will translate public address into your local address, and then DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) will put your device outside the firewall, so your device is exposed in an unprotected state.

In my case, I don't need to use Exposed Hose function, this might be necessary for some Gaming Console.
3. Incoming Connections. When you want test if Incoming Connection (VPN) is successful at home, your testing device has to connect to another network, such as your mobile network. If you connect to Vodafone Wi-Fi, your testing device is on the same network with the computer which provides Incoming Connection service, your VPN connection will show unsuccessful.

You have to specify IP address for your Incomming Connection, if you choose Assign IP Address automatically using DHCP, it might not work. So you need find out the address range on your Vadafone router, as shown in the screenshot below. By the way, you specify Static DHCP address for your device under the same category.

4. DDNS. In Vadafone Router, there is a list of Dynamic Domain Name (DDNS) System service, but I choose DuckDns, it's configuration is straight forward and totally free. I am not recommend on behalf of DuckDns.


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