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Have a router and can't host a game?
bluerock - 9/5/2004 at 02:46 AM

Hello all,
I am new here but couldn't seem to find this information already posted elsewhere... Thought I would share a bit of information for those that can't currently host a game, but may be able to with a little help. I have a cable connection with a Linksys router. After a bit of detective work, I discovered that the wizard game needs to have TCP port 28888 opened up on the router in order to be able to host. I know of two ways to do this. The first way is a little technical (but free). The second way is easy, but requires trial software that you would eventually have to pay for. Ok, heres the techie way: Have your router documentation handy. If you have a Linksys you can download the documentation on their site. On my Linksys router, I did this by going to a web browser and type in It then asked for a username/password. The default username for my router model (BEFSR81) had a blank username with 'admin' as the password. BTW, I have changed this default password to keep others from changing my own router settings! Once logged into my router, I clicked on the 'Advanced' and then 'Forwarding' tab. I then put in 'Wizard' in one line under the application name, 28888 to 28888 for ext. port, checkmarked 'TCP', left 'UDP' unchecked, set the IP address to my current IP address (game has a button that will tell you this) and lastly clicked an 'enable' chekbox at the end of line in the router entry. Done! I can host! Note: Every additional port that is opened is a possible entry point for intruders, so if you don't feel comfortable doing this either don't host, or remove this entry if you stop playing.
The second (easy, but at a cost) way: You can try the free trial for a product that I found at called Port Magic. Note: I am no way associated with this company, and once again try at your own risk. All I will say is that this method also worked for me. It knows how to configure a number of routers for you. But you still have to know the router password to give it. It will then detect when the game is in use and ask you if you want to open the port. It will then automatically close the port when you are done playing. Pretty neat. Hope this advice helps some of those who have been wanting to host, but couldn't.


wizard - 10/5/2004 at 02:39 AM

Thanks BlueRock....good stuff!

d_esteban - 3/6/2006 at 05:29 PM

wow, that explains a lot.

my friends and i haven't been able to host a game.

and we all have wi-fi. go figure.

DougJ - 29/10/2006 at 03:24 PM

This is the procedure for setting up D-Link router for hosting Wizard:

1. In your browser enter ‘ <Enter>
2. If this is the first time you have logged into your router, the default password for the “admin’ account is blank, just hit <Enter>
3. You should now select Tools and enter a password for the admin account; also, you should enter a password for the “user” account.(Don’t forget/lose them!)
4. Select Advanced/Virtual Server (See diagram)
5. Enter a name (Can be anything, but probably Wizard would be most descriptive.
6. Enter the Private IP. You can get this by selecting “Get IP” from within the Wizard game, or by typing ipconfig from a Command Prompt window. ( in my case)(See diagram)
7. Select TCP for the Protocol Type
8. Enter 28888 for both Private and Public port entries
9. The Schedule selection is your choice
10. When complete, press the Apply button.
11. This will create a new entry at the bottom of the Virtual Server List.
12. When you are ready to host a game, select the ‘paper and pen’ icon on the same line as your newly created entry. This will populate the fields at the top of the page with the information you entered previously.
13. Select the Enabled button, then the Apply button.
14. You should now be able to host a Wizard game.
15. You can leave the D-Link window open or close/minimize it.
16. I would suggest selecting the ‘Disabled’ button and Apply when you are finished hosting. This ensures that those ports are not always open for opportunistic ‘adventurers’. Then Enable the next time you want to host.
17. I did a port scan while Enabled, with no untoward results, but in today’s hacker dominated web, better safe than sorry.

wizard reply: Great. Thanks for taking the time to help out fellow members.

DougJ - 29/10/2006 at 03:26 PM

In my case, I have a D-Link 514, but I would imagine they are all the same

trevorsmommy - 13/4/2007 at 04:28 AM

I understand all of the above but what I don't understand is how to log into my router???? I have a belkin router

DougJ - 13/4/2007 at 09:36 AM

This URL explains how to access the web-based config on several Belkin routers.

Looks like it should be: http://192.168.2.X (the X is probably 1)

Good luck

Mark68 - 6/7/2007 at 07:27 PM

Originally posted by DougJ
In my case, I have a D-Link 514, but I would imagine they are all the same

in response to #10. I see no apply button ... just a save changes.. and when I select that it closes the window and sends me back to log in.

but after just that .... it appears that people can join now.

but if there is some way to easily flip it on/off .. I would be interested in finding out.

DougJ - 6/7/2007 at 10:41 PM

Mark, you will have to go back to the settings page and turn it off, then back on again when you want to host again.

skittle1613 - 24/3/2010 at 10:22 AM

Does anyone know how to do this with a Netgear router?

DougJ - 24/3/2010 at 04:18 PM

skittle, what is the model #

You can try the instructions at this link. If this doesn't work, look in your manual for similiar instruction page.