Port Forwarding in Windows® Operating System
How to set-up port forward in Windows Operating System?
Microsoft Corporation has introduced efficient Windows Operating System for the functioning of various programs in computer systems. There are many Operating Systems in the market and Windows is the MOST popular among them. Operating System is a basic platform which comes as a default installation in most of the desktops and laptops. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are the recent versions of Windows Operating System. A firewall is an application designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet. All the data entering or leaving the Intranet passes through the firewall, which examines each packet and blocks those that do not meet the specified security criteria.
Following are the important points related to port forwarding in Windows Operating System:
- Port forwarding
- Ways to set-up
Port forwarding is where you connect to a port on a gateway machine and it automatically forwards you to another port on another machine. It can be useful in a very wide range of situations, including bypassing firewalls or redirecting traffic from a public network to a private network or vice-versa. Port forwarding is the process that your router or firewall uses to sort the right kind of network data to the right port. Computers and routers use ports as a way to organize network data. Different types of data, such as web sites, file downloads, and online games, are assigned a port number. By using port forwarding, the router sends the correct data to the correct location.
A firewall establishes powerful protection by blocking unauthorized information. If a firewall blocks all the incoming and outgoing data, the computer would be unable to access the Internet. When you want some data to pass through firewall before it is sent to a specific location, it is possible by setting up a port forward. Thus port forwarding gives the firewall instructions about what type of data is allowed and how these data should be directed.
There are some ways to port forward firewall in Windows Operating System. If Windows file sharing is not working properly in a local network, you can allow the access by opening that specific port using Windows Firewall advanced settings dialog, which contains a variety of detailed firewall management options. It is also possible to access exception options from firewall settings to bypass it in an emergency. It is advisable to always monitor the port forwarding to avoid the malfunctioning of the system.
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