Before you start configuring your Windows Home Server for remote access, you might consider taking a few minutes to check that your broadband router is compatible for automatic configuration by Windows Home Server. Don’t worry if it turns out that it isn’t, you can just configure it manually, it’s just quicker and easier to have it done for you.
Fortunately, Microsoft provide a very useful tool for checking the broadband router called the Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool. It’s quick and easy to use, doesn’t require you to download and install anything, and best of all its free!
The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool is not a tool that is specifically for use with Windows Home Server. You can use the tool to check any Internet router to check what it can do and check that it supports certain technologies.
To use the Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool, follow these steps:
Note: In order to perform the tests, you must be using a computer that can connect to the Internet and that the computer is either running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
- From your Internet browser, go to the following URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/using/tools/igd.
This will display the Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool start screen.
- Read through all the instructions that are displayed on the screen to ensure you know about the tests.
- Check the I have read and ACCEPT the terms of the license agreement box.
- Click the Continue button.
- Click the Start Test button to begin the various tests.
The testing will then begin. You can monitor the progress of the testing of each element.
The following tests will be performed on your broadband router:
- Basic Internet Connectivity test
- Network Address Translator Type
- Traffic Congestion test
- TCP High Performance test
- UPnP Support test
- Multiple Simultaneous Connection States test
Detailed information on each test and what constitutes a success can be found in the tool itself – you can review each one while each test is being performed.
- When all the testing has completed, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click View Detailed Report to view a more detailed report.
You can click on each Test line to expand or hide the details and results of each test.
You should now know whether your broadband router could be configured automatically for you.
In my case, as my broadband router does not support UPnP then I will have to configure it manually, but more on how to do that in another article.