Port Forward Internet relay chat
PUREVPNpfcgnatHow to Port Forward Internet Relay Chat

Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, is a system that allows users to communicate with each other via text-based messages in real-time. For a better experience open ports of relay chat on your router.

Port forwarding helps you access the client’s server behind the router or firewalls, NAT, or CGNAT. You can open ports and control devices behind any router. This guide explains how to port forward Internet Relay Chat.

Requirements to Port Forward Internet Relay Chat

Just before you begin with the process of port forwarding, make sure you have the following things:

  • Downloaded and installed the Internet Relay Chat server.
  • The IP address of your router.
  • The IP address of your device.

TCP and UDP ports of Internet Relay Chat for your device as mentioned in the section below.

Step-by-step guide on how to port forward Internet Relay Chat

Now that you have the above details noted down, you can move to the next stage of Internet Relay Chat port forwarding:

  1. On your web browser address bar, type your router’s IP Address/Default Gateway.
  2. Log in with your router’s credentials (username and password) to view your router’s firmware settings.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section of your router.
  4. Click on Port Forwarding.
  5. Enter the IP address of your device in your router in the correct box.
  6. Put the TCP and UDP ports of the Internet Relay Chat server in the boxes in your router. The default Internet Relay Chat port number is 194. And then click the apply button.
  7. And you’re done. Restart your router to let the changes take effect.
  8. Once your changes take effect, now you can host an Internet Relay Chat server and let your friends connect to it as well. To let them connect to it, you need to provide them with the hostname you are using, along with the port number. For example, ‘hostname.domain.com:25565’.

Internet Relay Chat ports needed to run

To play Internet Relay Chat online and create a server without any interruptions, you’ll have to allow access to certain ports on your firewall. The default Internet Relay Chat ports are:

TCP Port:194, 6667

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Ports to forward on devices

Ports to run on PC:

TCP Port:194, 6667

How to open ports behind CGNAT

What if your ISP performs CGNAT? Most ISPs perform CGNAT (Carrier-grade Network Address Translation) to conserve bandwidth and assign a single IP address to multiple users connected to the same internet network. However, CGNAT makes it difficult for you to open ports on the router. 

To get around the CGNAT issue, you can use the Port Forwarding add-on to bypass this problem and port forward routers without hassle. 
Here’s more information on how to use PureVPN’s Port Forwarding add-on and bypass CGNAT in a few clicks.

PureVPN’s Port Forwarding Add-on

A secure way to open all ports

To most people, port forwarding is quite a demanding task. For starters, every router has a different console, which often makes it difficult to navigate to specific settings.

Secondly, you won’t always be able to open internet relay chat ports on your router if your ISP restricts the ports. Yes, you heard that right! ISPs are notorious for blocking ports due to security reasons. If ISP isn’t the reason behind a blocked port, then perhaps it could be your operating system’s firewall.

Well, you can eliminate all these problems on all your desired systems with PureVPN’s Port Forwarding add-on. Through the Port Forwarding add-on, you can allow all ports, disallow all ports, and allow specific ports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does port forwarding help with speed?

By port forwarding, you can improve your internet speed by a few seconds and when downloading large files, like through P2P torrent sharing, you can save countless hours.

Is it safe to port forward on a PC?

Yes, it is completely safe to port forward on a PC as long as you have a security firewall or a VPN connection on your computer. 

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