Port forwarding is very important, especially when you want to play online games and your Internet connection is provided by a router. The Web server connection needs a specific port on your computer in most cases.
However, the router does not know that and does not forward the traffic from the server to that specific port. To solve this problem, a procedure known as port forwarding is performed.
The router is configured by using its web-based configuration interface and the ports are forwarded manually. However, novice users will find this task very complex. To help them out, Simple Port Forwarding has been created.
This program can forward the ports automatically – you don’t need to be a tech whiz to do it. The program does not interact directly with the router on the firmware router.
Instead, it uses web pages to perform the changes (similar to the process you would take to configure the router manually). This makes the program safe and reliable.
The program automates the complex task of forwarding ports. Its database contains thousands of router manufacturers and models, so changes are high that you router will be found. In addition, the database contains a huge number of games and applications – select any of them to forward the correct ports automatically. You can view more information about your router and then choose which application is forwarded to which IP.
You can specify the start and end ports, the type of ports (TCP or UDP), and the number of ports to be opened. You choose these basic settings from a drop-down menu in most cases. You can test to see if the ports are correctly forwarded by using the built-in testing tool. If everything is OK, all you have to do is select to forward the ports. The tool takes care of everything else in a matter of seconds.
Remember that you may need to reboot the router for the changes to take effect in some instances. We find the simple and clean interface of Simple Port Forwarding more appeasing to novice users than the ones on SPI Port Forward or UPnP PortMapper. The necessary features are all there and the huge database of router models and applications is great. The program managed to forward the ports correctly in each one of our tests. This is why we recommend it to any novice PC user who needs to quickly and painlessly forward some ports.