How to setup a Virtual Server on your WiFi Router (NAT)?- Many of the businesses nowadays use a NAT router to manage many computers on a single IP address. Due to the growing popularity, it is essential to setup a virtual server on your WiFi router.
How to setup a Virtual Server on your WiFi Router (NAT)?
Before coming to the point, we must know more about the virtual server. As per the Internet, a virtual server is a server at some other person’s location. A virtual server is shared by many website owners together. Each one of them can administer it and have full control of the server. There are even some Internet service providers who give you virtual server as well as virtual hosting. The main purpose of a virtual server is to have a specific IP address and a unique domain name. It is also easier for every individual to administer files, and emails and much more.
Things become even simpler when a person using a virtual server need not manage the hardware aspects of a server. There will definitely be a public IP address but every single computer will be given a specific IP address as well. When the router understands which device should forward a connection, it is called port forwarding. Every application also has a server which is based on port numbers. It is port numbers through which applications work. Many programs, however, have a specific type of ports.
Daughters of the modern day come with inbuilt virtual server option. This will allow you to define an IP for a single public port. It will thereafter redirect to internal addresses such as IP LAN and private LAN. This is a very good feature for hosting services like FTP and so on. The process of setting up a virtual server on your WiFi router is different for different people. You have to read the documentation and carry out the process according to the router.
To give a complete guideline and an experience of doing so, the following steps are followed.
Demonstration below is done on Archer C9 by TP-Link
1. First of all, you have to go to the web interface of the Archer C9. To log into that website, you have to see in the guidelines of your router. Things are also available on the Internet easily.
2. The web interface will open as a home page. You have to visit the advanced section of that page. On the top, a hyperlink of “advanced” will be present. You have to click on it first, followed by clicking on NAT Forwarding. The NAT forwarding menu will have sub-menus among which you have to choose “virtual servers”. On the top, an option of “add” will appear. Click on it.
3. After doing so, click on “view existing services” on the page. For the convenience of the user, dialog boxes such as external port, internal port, and protocol will automatically be filled. The Internet IP field will, however, be empty. On that box, you have to fill in your computer’s IP address and click on “OK” to save the settings. That’s all you have to do for the setup of a virtual server on your WiFi router.
It is recommended that you keep the default settings internet port and protocol. This is because most of the users don’t know about it thoroughly. Changing anything without knowing, may make things worse. The external port, however, must be overlapped.