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Today so many people are hidden behind firewalls, this is not a real problem most of the time, but it becomes annoying when people who run a fserve use different listening ports.

A solution is to use uPNP feature of all the recent firewalls (old ones with firmware upgrade too), that way you can play like if you were firewall-less.

This is a protocol that dynamycally open a listening port on the WAN so that an application behind can accept an incoming connexion.

It's totally secure from the virus point of view because you can also set up a password for this feature.

Better than all, the port is only open when you need it: no more forwarded port to listening application that a hacker/virus can detect on your computer.

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This has been suggested on numerous occasions before.

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just cross your fingers and wait like the rest of us smirk


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Oh sorry, i just discovered that the search is restricted BY DEFAULT to atricles less than 1 week old :-(

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Hey man...

we need this!!!

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Please, please, please give us uPnP support!!!

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Yes this would be great.

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I would also love to see UPnP support for mIRC


I think it would be fantastic for those of us who don't have admin access to their routers, or those who get their internet access from dormatories and can't manually configure ports. As for concerns about security issues that have been raised in the past, here is a suggestion: leave it off by default. People who accept the security risk can enable it if they choose. Personally I think it is a fairly benign but vastly useful feature.



edit: Something occurred to me after I posted. Actually I think UPnP could potentially increase security in mIRC by allowing the use of randomized ports each time it is used. Also you would not need to leave port 113 open all the time (as is required now). UPnP would simply open it when needed, and close it when mIRC is terminated. I'm sure even Steve Gibson would like that (Port Probe wink )


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UPnP wouldn't help much with a college network if the college's IT people know what they are doing. They just need to block the ports that most networks use and then you're stuck with or without UPnP. It is really only useful for your own router setup, imo. It's still a helpful thing to have, of course... just not much use at a college. Besides, using anything (including UPnP) to bypass college firewalls can get you into serious trouble, including being expelled.


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