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OK, I have a problem and I hope someone can help.

And, I know my problem would be solved if I just buy a router, but at the moment I am looking for a quick fix solution.

I am trying to run a MTA server from a computer on my home network using ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).

Host is WinXP (Directly connected to internet)

LocalHost is Win98SE (Connected to/gets internet connection from Host)

The network IS running properly.

MTA 0.5 server IS running properly on LocalHost (Win98SE), I CAN connect to AND play on the server from Host (WinXP). MTA 0.5 Clients OUTSIDE the home network cannot connect to the MTA 0.5 server on LocalHost.

Admin for MTA server connects and runs fine on BOTH computers on the network.

The MTA 0.5 server DOES NOT register with ASE although Listing IS Enabled (Provided port 2126 is open).

All known respective ports are open in Norton Firewall (2003/4003/2126) on Host PC (WinXP).

WindowsXP Firewall is disabled.

No Firewall installed on LocalHost (Win98SE)

I'm pretty sure the issue is either with the ICS or a port issue in Win98se.

If Win98SE has no firewall, does that mean all ports are open?

If not, how can I open them if I have no firewall installed?

All help much appreciated!

Server Info


Port: 2003

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the client yes, but the server runs just fine on win 98.

MTA client doesnt run on linux either, but the linux server does.

another question. if a pc is running no firewall, does that mean that all its ports are open?

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No No No, you both misunderstood. MTA client is on xp, mta server is on 98se.

mta server works just fine on win98se.

I can connect to the server on the win98 pc with the mta client on the xp pc just fine.

sorry, by client in my other post i meant "localhost" on my network.

Take my word for it, im not a complete noob.

edit: I see how my words may mix you up. I'll edit !st post for clearity.

edit2:1st post edited.

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so, the networked pc plays fine, the server pc is win98 and its the one connected to the modem, but people outside your lan cant connect.

2 things:

-are the ports open for udp and tcpip?

-can you host other games okay on the pc thats connected to the modem?

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Ok, forget about the fact that Win98 is on any machine.

Start from here.

I have a home network and am sharing internet access using ICS.

PC1 is directly connect to the internet and also connected to a switch (2NIC Cards).

PC2 is connected to the switch which recieves internet connection through PC1.

The MTA server running on PC2 cant be connected to from people outside my home network, but I have full functionality within the network.

The server also does not list in ASE.

If i run a MTA server on PC1, ASE sees the server properly.

"Seperate Question"

If windows 98 is not running a firewall, does this mean all of http/udp ports are open?

Thanks again for your help.

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oh, k. so the server pc isnt directly connected to the modem.

that would be the reason. ICS is sketchy at best. there is no good reason for it not working, it just doesnt. host the server off the pc directly connected to the modem. if that means swapping a network card, then so be it. You'll be better off that way anyhow.

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I figured that was where the issue would be.

Well, ASAP I will purchase a cable/dsl router and no more problems.

But for the moment, if I can't do it the way it is, I'll switch the pc

s around.

You see I have my main pc connected to the modem, a pos machine connected to the hub, i was not very interested in having my internet connection dependent on this pos pc (AMD K-6 200mhz/224MB ram Just built with scrap parts lying around for MTA server and Folding@Home).

But ill set it up and see if it can hold up, but I dont know. ASUS TXP4 mobo. What do you think, can it handle it? Maybe put some small firewall on it?

Thanks again for your input.

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