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This article describes the ports that you must open in Microsoft Windows Firewall to play or to host a Microsoft Age of Empires II multiplayer game. Additionally, this article lists the port addresses that must be open on computers that are not running Windows Firewall but instead are using a proxy server, a router, Network Address Translation (NAT), or Internet Connection Sharing.
Windows FirewallWhen you use Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you do not have to manually create port exceptions in Windows Firewall. Instead, you can create exceptions for the program itself. Then, when the program tries to access a port, Windows Firewall enables access to that port. To do this, follow these steps.
Note Never open a port for a program that you do not recognize.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875357/ )Troubleshooting Windows Firewall settings in Windows XP Service Pack 2
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Port listings for Age of Empires IIIf you do not use the Windows Firewall program, you can still open 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 your 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.
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The Player Matchmaking featureIf you use the Player Matchmaking feature that is provided by GameSpy to find other players, you must also have the ports for the GameSpy Arcade client open. For information about the ports that this program requires, visit the following Web site:
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Article ID: 895864 - Last Review: July 1, 2010 - Revision: 2.0
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