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Special Applications

     -Opening Ports

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Other Info
Special Application Port  List

Messaging & Conferencing
Audio & Video  
Common Servers
Other (including remote control)

TIP: There's a reference list of port definitions here if you're curious (WARNING: it is a very long page).

Messaging & Conferencing  

Active Worlds
(Watch out! Opens a wide port range!)

IN      TCP     3000
IN      TCP     5670
IN      TCP     7777
IN      TCP     7000-7100





AIM Talk
OUT     TCP   4099
IN      TCP     5190

(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN      UDP    2300 - 2400
IN      TCP    2300 - 2400
IN      UDP    47624
IN      TCP    47624

Buddy Phone
(Communication only. No FTP)
IN      UDP    700 - 701

Calista IP phone
OUT     TCP    5190
IN        UDP    3000

(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN       UDP   1414  [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN       UDP   1424 [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN       TCP   1503
IN       TCP   1720 [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN       UDP   1812   1813 
IN       TCP    7640
IN       TCP    7642
IN       UDP    7648
IN       TCP    7648
IN       TCP    7649 7649
IN       UDP    24032
IN       UDP    56800
OUT    UDP    1414 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT    UDP    1424 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT    TCP    1503
OUT    TCP    1720 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT    UDP    1812 1813
OUT    TCP    7640 
OUT    TCP    7642
OUT    UDP    7648
OUT    TCP    7648
OUT    TCP    7649
OUT    UDP    56800

Delta Three PC to Phone
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN       TCP 12053 [use CuSeeMe protocol if available]
IN       TCP 12083
IN       UDP 12080
IN       UDP 12120
IN       UDP 12122
IN       UDP  24150 - 24179

OUT     TCP     7175
IN         UDP     51200   51201
IN         TCP     51210
IN         TCP     1584    1585
OUT     TCP     8680    8686

Dwyco Video Conferencing
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

IN         UDP     12000 - 16090
IN         TCP     1024 - 5000
IN         TCP     6700 - 6702
IN         TCP     6880

IN         UDP     2090  2091
IN         TCP     2090

H.323 compliant video player, 
NetMeeting 2.0, 3.0, Intel Video Phone
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

Incoming calls are not possible due to NetMeeting assigning ports dynamically.
OUT     TCP     1720
IN        UDP     1024    65534 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT     UDP     1024    65534 [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN        TCP     1024    1502 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT     TCP     1024    1502 [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN        TCP     1504    1730 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT    TCP     1504    1730 [use H.323 protocol if available]
IN        TCP     1732    65534 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT     TCP     1732    65534 [use H.323 protocol if available]
OUT     TCP     1503    1503 
OUT     TCP     1731    1731 
IN        TCP     1503    1503 
IN        TCP     1731    1731

Hotline Server
IN         TCP   5500 - 5503 
IN         UDP  5499
The TCP Ports enabled are 5500 - 5503 (This is for the standard 5500 Hotline port)

If you change the default port, then you must enable the 3 ports after it (so if you choose 4000 then you must enable 4000 - 4003)

The UDP port enabled 5499 is required only if you want to list your server on a tracker (the data stream is only outgoing so if you want to disable in bound on a firewall it would work fine)

In ICQ under "Preferences & security", "Preferences" and Connections, click on "I am behind a firewall or proxy" then click on "Firewall Settings". Then select "I don't have a SOCKS Proxy server on my firewall" or "I am using another Proxy server". Click Next.  Click "Use the following TCP listen ports for incoming event" and set the TCP ports for 20000 to 20019 for the first user, 20020 to 20039 for the second user,  20040 to 20059 for the third user, etc.

OUT   UDP     4000
IN      TCP      20000   20019 for one user
IN      TCP     20000   20039 for two users
IN      TCP     20000   20059 for three users, etc.

ICUII Client
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

OUT     TCP     2019
IN      TCP     2000 2038
IN      TCP     2050 2051
IN      TCP     2069
IN      TCP     2085
IN      TCP     3010 3030
OUT     TCP     2000 2038
OUT     TCP     2050 2051
OUT     TCP     2069
OUT     TCP     2085
OUT     TCP     3010 3030

ICUII Client (Version 4.xx)
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN      TCP     1024 - 5000
IN      TCP     2000 - 2038
IN      TCP     2050 - 2051
IN      TCP     2069
IN      TCP     2085
IN      TCP     3010 - 3030
IN      TCP     6700 - 6702
IN      TCP     6880
IN      UDP   12000 - 16090

Internet Phone
OUT     UDP     22555

IN  UDP     9943
IN  UDP     56768

(For pager file send only)
IN  UDP     8999

[mIRC Proxy/Firewall Help page]
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN  TCP     1024 - 5000

mIRC Chat
(The IRC port is usually 6667)
IN  TCP     6660 - 6669

IN      UDP 113

MSN Messenger
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
NOTE: Shut off any personal firewall programs such as BlackIce, ZoneAlarm, etc.  
Ports 6891-6900 enable File send, Port 6901 is for voice communications.
Allows Voice, PC to Phone, Messages, and Full File transfer capabilities.
Thanks to Brad King & Bill Finch Jr.

IN         TCP     6891 - 6900
IN         TCP     1863
IN         UDP    1863
IN         UDP    5190
IN         UDP    6901
IN         TCP    6901

OUT     UDP     6801
IN        UDP  6801

One additional UDP and one TCP port in the range of 1 to 30000 must be mapped.  Ports 6802 and 6803 are suggested.  These ports must be mapped in your firewall, then set in the Net2Phone client as follows:

     1) Click on Net2Phone's "Menu" button.
     2) Select "Preferences".
     3) Click on the "Network" tab.
     4) Enter 6802 for the Client TCP Port.
     5) Enter 6803 for the Client UDP Port.

Pal Talk [support page]
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

IN       UDP 2090 [voice]
IN       UDP 2091 [control stream]
IN       TCP 2090  [file transfer]
IN       TCP 2091  [video listening]
IN       TCP 2095   [file transfer- older versions]
OUT   TCP 5001 - 50015 [text messaging]
OUT   TCP 8200 - 8700 [Firewall / network mode group voice]
OUT   UDP 8200 - 8700 [Firewall / network mode group voice]
OUT   UDP 1025 - 2500 [outbound voice & control stream (user configurable)]

The last 2 UDP outbound ports are usually set in pairs. 1024 - 1025, 1026 - 1027, etc... Most users never have to set these lower two ports. They are dynamically assigned if you leave the lower two boxes set to 0's on the 'paltalk port settings' tab. Outbound ports are usually not an issue but are listed here for network users who may need to manually configure for a proxy or NAT server or other hardware device.

(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN         UDP     1034 - 1035
IN         UDP     9900 - 9901
IN         TCP     1034 - 1035
IN         TCP     2644
IN         TCP     8000
This Mapping is needed to hear the audio from the incoming party, outgoing audio would work without it. 

** According to phonefree the ports you need open are:
   8000 TCP For Server access
   1034 UDP Voice in/out
   1035 TCP Voice in/out
   2644 TCP Personal Communication Center

I found that port range 9900-9901 UDP is also needed but not mentioned at phonefree support. Also shut off any other firewall programs you may have running. To make PC-TO-PHONE calls, it seems only UDP port 9900 must be opened (the fewer ports open, the better!). 

Polycom ViaVideo H.323
IN         TCP    
3230 - 3235
IN         UDP     3230 - 3235

NOTE: I needed to set these ports to dial out.
Also enable on ViaVideo (under H.323 QoS) 'Use Fixed Ports' 3230-3235 TCP & UDP

Roger Wilco [support page]
IN         TCP  3782
IN         UDP  3782
IN         UDP  3783  [only needed for RW Base station]

Speak Freely
IN         UDP     2074 - 2076

Yahoo Messenger Chat
IN         TCP     5000 - 5001

Yahoo Messenger Phone
IN         UDP     5055

Audio & Video

Audiogalaxy Satellite [updated 12/13/00]
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN      TCP     41000 - 50000
TCP     1117-5190

IN      TCP     2047 2048
IN      UDP     2047 2048

IN      TCP     6346
IN      UDP     6346

IN      TCP     8076 - 8077
IN      UDP     8076 - 8077

IN      TCP     1214

OUT     TCP     6699
IN      TCP     6699

QuickTime 4 Server
IN    TCP     6970
IN    UDP     6970  -  7000

QuickTime 4 Client & RealAudio on Port 554
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

OUT     TCP     554
IN      UDP     6970  -  32000

RealAudio on Port 7070
OUT     TCP     7070
IN      UDP     6970  -  7170

ShoutCast Server
IN      TCP     8000 - 8005


Aliens vs. Predator
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN    UDP  80
IN    UDP  2300 - 2400
IN    UDP 
8000 - 8999

Anarchy Online (BETA)
IN    TCP 7013
IN    TCP 7500 - 7501
IN    UDP 7013
IN    UDP 7500 - 7501

Asheron's Call [support page] [mapping info]
OUT    UDP  9000, 9004, 9008, 9012
IN    UDP  9000, 9001, 9004, 9005, 9012, 9013
NOTE! You may also need to open the MSN Game Zone and DX ports 

Black and White
IN    TCP     2611 - 2612
IN    TCP     6667
IN    UDP    6500
IN    UDP    27900

Blizzard Battlenet
This allows for -1- machine on the network to take advantage of Blizzard's BattleNet system for playing online games such as Diablo II and StarCraft. The 6112 port is needed in both TCP and UDP for StarCraft and Diablo II, and the 4000 port is needed for Diablo II. No other settings should be needed.

IN    TCP     4000
IN    TCP     6112
IN    UDP    6112, Myth, Myth II Server
IN    TCP     3453

Dark Reign 2
IN    TCP     26214
IN    UDP     26214

Delta Force (Client and Server)
OUT     UDP     3568
IN      TCP     3100    3999
OUT     TCP     3100    3999
IN      UDP     3100    3999
OUT     UDP     3100    3999

Delta Force 2
IN      UDP  3568
IN      UDP  3569

Elite Force
IN    UDP     26000
IN    UDP     27500
IN    UDP     27910
IN    UDP     27960

: If the server is behind the same router/firewall as other clients, then all of the clients will have to add "+set net_port 27961," "27962," etc. to their shortcut command lines.  Otherwise, they will not be able to use the in-game internet game browser. This is due to the fact that EF uses the same port (27960) for both the client and the server.

(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
See this Everquest page for more info

IN   TCP   1024  7000
IN   UDP  1024  6000
Note: May have to open this last UDP range even wider

F-16, Mig 29
IN    UDP    3862
IN    UDP    3863

F-22 Lightning 3
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN    UDP     3875
IN    UDP     4533
IN    UDP     4534
IN    UDP     4660 - 4670 (for VON)

F-22 Raptor
IN    UDP    3874, 3875

Fighter Ace II
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN    TCP    
50000 - 50100
IN    UDP    50000 - 50100

for DX play also open these ports:
IN    TCP     47624
IN    TCP     2300 - 2400
IN    UDP     2300 - 2400

Half Life
IN    UDP  6003
IN    UDP  7002
IN    UDP  27010
IN    UDP  27015
IN    UDP  27025

Half Life Server
IN    UDP  27015

Heretic II Server
IN    TCP     28910

Hexen II
Each computer hosting Hexen II must use a different port number, starting at 26900 and incrementing by 1.

IN    UDP     26900 (for first player)

Each computer using KALI must use a different port number, starting at 2213 and incrementing by 1.

IN    UDP     2213 (for first player)
IN    UDP     6666

Kohan Immortal Sovereigns
This allows you to host a Kohan game and have it show up on Gamespy, otherwise no one will be able to see your game outside of your LAN. Only the ICS server can host  games and have them show up however.

IN    UDP     3855
IN    UDP     17437
IN    TCP      3855
IN    TCP      17437

Motorhead server
IN    UDP     16000
IN    TCP      16000
IN    TCP      16010 - 16030
IN    UDP     16010 - 16030

The ports 16010-16030 are ports I specified in the MotorHead dedicated server client ports section. You need to specify client ports so that Motorhead does not assign client ports randomly.

MSN Game Zone [support page] [DX support page]
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN    TCP     6667
IN    TCP     28800 - 29000

for DX play also open these ports:
IN    TCP     47624

IN    TCP     2300 - 2400
IN    UDP     2300 - 2400

Need for Speed - Porche
IN    UDP     9442

Need for Speed 3- Hot Pursuit
IN    TCP  1030

Operation FlashPoint

TCP 47624 ~ 47624
TCP 2234 ~ 2234
BOTH 6073 ~ 6073

IN    UDP     5310
IN    TCP      5310

Quake2  (Client and Server)
IN    UDP     27910

Each computer playing Quake III must use a different port number, starting at 27660 and incrementing by 1. You'll also need to do the following:

1. Right click on the QIII icon 
2. Choose "Properties" 
3. In the Target field you'll see a line like "C:\Program Files\Quake III Arena\quake3.exe
4. Add the Quake III net_port command to specify a unique communication port for each system. The complete field should look like this: "C:\Program Files\Quake III Arena\quake3.exe" +set net_port 27660 
5. Click OK. 
6. Repeat for each system behind the NAT, adding one to the net_port selected (27660,27661,27662)

IN    UDP     27660  (for first player)

Rainbow Six (Client and Server)
OUT     TCP     2346
IN      TCP     2346

Rogue Spear
OUT     TCP     2346
IN      TCP     2346

Soldier of Fortune
IN   UDP   28910 - 28915

IN   UDP   6112

Starfleet Command
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN   TCP  2300 - 2400
IN   TCP  47624
IN   UDP 2300 - 2400
IN   UDP 47624

IN   TCP 16639
IN   UDP 16638

IN   TCP   5001-5010 Game
IN   TCP   7775-7777 Login 
IN   TCP   8888 Patch 
IN   TCP   8800-8900 UO Messenger 
IN   TCP   9999 Patch
IN   TCP   7875 UOMonitor

Port 7875 is not used by the game, but by UOMonitor, which many players use to monitor server status.

Unreal  Tournament server
IN    UDP 7777 (default gameplay port)
IN    UDP 7778 (server query port
IN    UDP 7779+ (UDP 7779+ are allocated dynamically for each
                        helper UdpLink objects, including UdpServerUplin
                        objects. Try starting with 7779-7781 and add
                        ports if needed.))
IN    UDP 27900 (server query, if master server uplink is enabled.
                         Some master servers use other ports, like 27500)
IN    TCP 8080 
(Port 8080 is for UT Server Admin. In the [UWeb.WebServer] section of the server.ini file, set the ListenPort to 8080 (to match the mapped port above) and ServerName to the IP assigned to the router from your ISP.)

Westwood Online - C&C Tiberian Sun & Dune 2000
Note: Westwood Online supports only one user per public IP address at any given time. Apprule courtesy of Quantus' World
OUT     TCP     4000
IN      TCP     4000
IN      UDP     1140    1234
IN      TCP     1140    1234
OUT     UDP     1140    1234
OUT     TCP     1140    1234 

IN    UDP  7845 [Use Quake Translation if you can set it]

Common Servers

FTP Server on your LAN
IN    TCP     21 

POP3 Mail Server on your LAN
IN    TCP     110 

SMTP Mail server" on your LAN
IN    TCP     25

TELNET Server on your LAN
IN    TCP     23 

WEB Server on your LAN
IN    TCP     80


OUT     UDP     500

CITRIX Metaframe / ICA client
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN     TCP   1494
IN     UDP  1604
IN     TCP   1023 - 5000 (NOTE: Depending on the number of clients/sessions, you can try decreasing this range, or you may need to increase it.)

CarbonCopy32  host on your LAN
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)

IN    TCP     1680
IN    UDP     1023-1679

Deerfield MDaemon Email Server
IN    TCP     3000
IN    TCP     3001

Direct Connect
(Watch Out! Opens a wide port range!)
IN  TCP 375 - 425

OUT     UDP     259

Laplink Host
IN    TCP     1547

Lotus Notes Server
IN    TCP     1352

NTP (Network Time Protocol)
OUT     UDP     123
IN      UDP     123 

pcANYHWERE host on your LAN
IN    TCP     5631
IN    UDP     5632

RAdmin (Fama Tech)
IN    TCP     4899

Remote Anything
FAQ page
IN    TCP      3999 - 4000
IN    UDP    
3996 - 3998

Remotely AnyWhere
IN    TCP      2000

Remotely Possible Server
IN    TCP      799

Shiva VPN
(Set the mobile option in the Shiva VPN client software to be your public IP address.)
OUT   UDP     2233
IN    UDP     2233

Timbuktu Pro
IN    TCP      407
IN    TCP 1417 - 1420
IN    UDP   407
IN    UDP  1417 - 1420

Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
IN    TCP     5500
IN    TCP     5800
IN    TCP     5900

Windows 2000 Terminal Server
(probably also works for NT Terminal services)
IN    TCP      3389
IN    UDP     3389