Required Network Ports for Multiplayer Flight Simulator 2004

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SUMMARY

This article describes the ports that you must open to play and host a Flight Simulator 2004: A A Century of Flight multiplayer game through a firewall, a proxy server, a router, Network Address Translation (NAT), or Internet Connection Sharing.

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Microsoft Windows firewall

With Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you do not have to manually create port exceptions in the firewall. You may now create exceptions for the program itself. To do this, follow these steps.

Note Never open a port for a program that you do not recognize.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , type firewall.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. In the Windows Firewall dialog box, click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

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    User Account Control permission
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  3. On the Exceptions tab, click Add program.
  4. In the Add a Program dialog box, click Browse.
  5. Locate the game's executable file, and then click Open. By default, this game is installed in the following location:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\fs9.exe
  6. Click OK two times.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, click Run, type firewall.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Exceptions tab, click Add Program.
  3. In the Add a Program dialog box, click Browse.
  4. Locate the game's executable file, and then click Open. By default, this game is installed in the following folder:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\fs9.exe
  5. Click OK two times.
For additional information about how to use the Windows firewall, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
842242 Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
If you are not using the Windows firewall, you may still have to know the ports that are used by the game when you configure your network.

To make sure that these ports are open or to open these ports, contact your network administrator or Internet service provider (ISP). If you are the administrator of the network, view the documentation that is provided with your networking software to determine how to open these ports.

Flight Simulator 2004 requires that the following DirectPlay ports be open to play a Local Area Network (LAN) or Direct Internet multiplayer game:

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Port Protocol Inbound / Outbound
23456 UDP Both
6073 UDP Both


To customize the Host and Client ports for your network, follow these steps:
  1. Start Flight Simulator 2004.
  2. Click Multiplayer.
  3. Click Open Multiplayer Session.
  4. Under Client Settings set both Host and Client to Other, and then select the alternative ports that you want to use.
  5. Click OK.
To learn more about troubleshooting games in Windows Vista, follow the instructions in the "Troubleshoot game problems" topic in Windows Vista Help and Support. To view the topic, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , and then click Help and Support.
  2. In the Search Help box, type Troubleshoot game problems, and then click Search Help.
  3. Click the appropriate topic.
To learn more about how to let a program communicate through a firewall in Windows Vista, follow the instructions in the "Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall" topic in Windows Vista Help and Support. To view the topic, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , and then click Help and Support.
  2. In the Search Help box, type Allow a program to communicate through Windows Firewall, and then click Search Help.
  3. Click the appropriate topic.

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Article ID: 823630 - Last Review: September 29, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: Century of Flight
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