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How to Manually Configure Your Router for Windows Home Server Remote Access


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So you have checked to see if your broadband router can be automatically configured for you by following this article.

If your broadband router doesn’t support UPnP or cannot be configured automatically, don’t worry, you can manually configure the port forwarding on your router, it’s just quicker and easy if it’s all done for you.

Caution: Configuring port forwarding on your router may be different to the steps that are about to be described, so check your router documentation before continuing to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes.

  1. Connect to your router (you may need to check your documentation to find out how to do this).

Note: The following example is using the BT Home Hub router so it is likely to be different for your router.

  1. Click on the Firewall icon to access the Firewall settings on the router.
  2. Click on Firewall Settings so that you can make changes to the firewall.

Manual Router Config 1

As it is very unlikely that there will already be a application defined that allows the three specific network ports through the firewall then you will need to add a new user-defined application.

  1. Click on Add a new user-defined application to display the Edit Application dialog box,.

Manual Router Config 2

  1. Enter a name in the Application Name box. For example, Windows Home Server.
  2. In the Port (or Range) section, enter 80 in the From: box, and 80 in the To: box (ensuring that TCP is the selected Protocol).
  3. Click on the Add Definition button to add that port range.
  4. In the Port (or Range) section, enter 443 in the From: box, and 443 in the To: box (ensuring that TCP is the selected Protocol).
  5. Click on the Add Definition button to add that port range.
  6. In the Port (or Range) section, enter 4125 in the From: box, and 4125 in the To: box (ensuring that TCP is the selected Protocol).
  7. Click on the Add Definition button to add that port range.

You should now have those three ports (80, 443 and 4125) displayed in the Definition List.

Note: ignore the 4126 in the image below, it was a typo – it should be 4125! 🙂

Manual Router Config 3

  1. Click Back to return to the Firewall Settings screen.

You should now be able to see the new application listed.

  1. Select the computer you want to host applications through the firewall from the drop-down list. In my case, the Windows Home Server is listed as SKYVAULT.
  2. Click on the new application (Windows Home Server Remote) and then click Add.

This should now show that Windows Home Server is a hosted application for SKYVAULT.

Manual Router Config 4

  1. Click Done to complete the manual process.
  2. Close down the connection to your router.

Now hopefully that means your router is now configured to allow the use of the Remote Access features of Windows Home Server.

The next thing to do is to configure your Windows Home Server.

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


    • Hi Todd

      Sorry, I have no experience with a netopia. I suggest you print out the article and try and find the netopia equivilants and give it a go.


  1. I am having trouble with a linksys wrt400n Router. I can't seem to get port forward working Any suggestions

    • Hi Rick

      Sorry, I dont have one myself so I couldnt really give you advice.

      You might try contacting Linksys support?


  2. Thanks, this is a very useful article and enabled me to get remote access to my WHS via my BT Home Hub, but one thing's missing for me: when accessing WHS console remotely, my computers are listed as "Connection disabled." I suspect this is a BT Home Hub config issue. Do your instructions above configure the BT Home Hub to allow this or have I missed something?



    • Hi Russ

      I have the Home Hub myself.

      There are no hidden or additional steps you need to do, what I would ask if what is the software and version that are showing as Connection Disabled as only certain versions of Windows are supported for remote access through Windows Home Server.


  3. Hi Andrew,

    All my computers that are listed as "Connection disabled" are running Windows XP Professional, is that what you mean? Do I need to enable remote access in those PCs?


  4. After a bit of poking around, I've realised that I hadn't got "Allow remote connection" (or similar) enabled on my PCs, doh! Now I can see "Available for connection" but it times out when I try to connect. I expect there's something else I've overlooked! BTW, this also happens when I try to access the WHS console too…


    • Hi Russ

      Hmmm, sounds like maybe a firewall problem? Have you opened any ports on whatever firewall you are using?


  5. Hi Andrew,

    You're right, I hadn't got all the ports open. As well as the ones in your artilce above I needed port 3389 opened for TCP. It's mentioned in the MS help file, buried deep in the trouble-shooting section.

    Incidentally, you say use port 4125, yet your screen shot of the Definition List seems to say 4126, is this right?!

    Thanks for your help,


  6. Andrew,

    my router 2wire same software as yours, wants to make the hpserver dmz. I can not figure out how to get around this, any help would be greatly appreciated.


    • Hi Todd

      Have you followed the steps precisely? All I need to do each time is what is shown above and it works for me.



  7. another question,

    How do i know the name of my server. I thought I knew it so I can remote into the server but I guess I do not. I can get into it from console but not remote

    • Hi Todd

      the name of the server is whatever you called it when you first set it up.

      You should also be able to tell the name from the Local Network Devices list on your router on the Home page.


    • Todd

      The only reason I can think of is that it cannot see the server anymore. Have you confirmed you still have network connectivity? Can you ping it or connect using the WIndows Home Server Connector?

      Have you tried rebooting the server and/or the router?

      I would also suggest backing out any changes you made to the router regarding the remote access piece to see if that makes a difference.

      If the above do not work, can I suggest you go into our forums and start a new discussion thread for people to help you?


  8. Thanks for putting these guides together, they're a great help. Getting ready to go through this myself and I noted that in my router configuration (Linksys), UPnP is disabled by default. Just for grins I'll probably try the MS tool with it enabled and disabled just to see what it reports, but I'm thinking that some folks might miss this router setting and maybe make their life a little more difficult.

  9. Thank you, thank you! I have been struggling with this! I have a rather old and complicated stand alone snap gear firewall and it was being stubborn! Following along and looking for my firewalls equivalent was just the ticket!

  10. I use the 2 wire as well and it won't let me forward those port. I get this error message:

    Windows home server cannot be mapped. The port or ports are in use by another application.

      • Hi Andrew,

        I found my ISP blocks the ports that WHS uses so I changed them and it's working now. The 2 wire actually has 2 of the ports opened by default – that' why I was getting that error that they were already mapped.

  11. I have followed this to the letter and WHS 2011 keeps telling me Remote Access is not available. Its also telling me UPnP isn’t working (Duh!) and I may be connected to multiple networks.

    Calling AT&T in the morning I know I’m not the only one with this problem.

  12. I am trying to map my Spiceworks app to port 80 and 443 but keep getting an error that they are already in use. When I scanned the active ports, 443 is being used by my LogMeIn software. Nothing seems to be using 80. Is it possible to open up another HTTPS port?

    • port 80 is standard HTTP so that is just web. I think you will need to change the ports that Spiceworks uses as its not easy (I dont know of a way off the top of my head) to do it in WHS

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