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VBALink With A Router
(Link over internet)

Written by Matty (published with permission)

As many of you are aware, there is a new version of VBALink (v 1.8) out that supports online wireless multiplayer.

Well many of you were having troubles with connecting, as you were behind a router, so when you start the Server you are given a generic internal IP such as etc.

Well, earlier today I was experimenting and the answer is quite obvious, so for all those wondering then you will need administrator access to your router, but the procedure is as follows (for Netgear routers, I don't know if this is the same for other brands but I would imagine the basic routine is):

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  1. Set up a Static IP address for your computer. You will have to know your MAC address for this, if you don't know how to find this out refer to the end of this post. Something in the internal range the router allows, such as
  2. Set up a new Service whereby Port 5378 (this is the start and finish port) has TCP forwarded.
  3. Set up a new Rule whereby the Service you just set up is forwarded to to the Static IP you just set up as the LAN Server, where the WAN users = Any and Action = Allow Always.
  4. Go to www.whatismyip.com to find out the IP of your router.
  5. Open VBALink, go to the Link settings and start the Server. It will still say that the server IP is, but if you give your router IP address to your friend and they put that in the Client Server-address-entry box, all the traffic will be forwarded to your computer.

The result is voila, you are connected.

To find out your MAC address in Windows XP, go to the Start Menu and press Run. Type:

cmd /k ipconfig /all

Your MAC address is the one that says "Physical address", it will be in the form ##-##-##-##-##-## where # denotes any alphanumeric character.

If anybody wants more information on how to do this, then post here stating what router you have.

Please note - if you have dialup or a direct broadband connection (i.e. through a modem) you do not need to do all this.

You can find M@tty - the author of this guide at VBA Link Support Forum and his forum at EmulationHQ.com.

Read other guides by Matty :

support GBA Game Roms on Your Computer.
support Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald "Internal Battery Has Run Dry" Fix.
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