Age Of Empires 2 Problem
Posted 15 April 2005 - 05:54 PM
Posted 15 April 2005 - 06:31 PM
Since you've just changed ISPs, my guess is that your provider has quietly put you (and many of its subscribers) behind some NAT (Network Address Translator) infrastructure on their end. NATs are put into place to functionally increase the network address space (your IP address) when the range of allocated IPs is narrower than their actual customer base.
This is fairly common and can be a real pain, because getting your ISP to set up port forward on your behalf is more than a pain. Most don't care, or their Tech Support won't understand the problem as well as you do.
To "fix" this, it may be as simple as asking the person you want to play with to host the game instead. They may NOT be behind any funny hardware your ISP is using, and therefore their IP address might be valid. Try this to see if works when you join instead of host (even if it helps only with some people). If that's the case, then your ISP has you behind a NAT and you'll need to start yelling at them to open the ports for you on their end.
Another option... Try Gamespy's (free) online matchmaking product. Their matchmaking layer works a little differently than the Zone, and you may find it more reliable for the situations your in.
Eventually, as IPv6 adoption increases, NATs won't be necessary and p2p connection problems like this will fade into memory. Don't hold your breath, however.
Hope this helps.
Posted 15 April 2005 - 06:59 PM
Posted 16 April 2005 - 08:26 AM
But, let's test that....
Start > run, type
Look for ip address and post only the first two octets (looks like this) xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
Now, you noted earlier that 6073 and 47624 ports are blocked....
You said you disabled the windows firewall...
humor me....start > run, type
netsh firewall set opmode mode = disable
You say you do not have any other software firewall
do me a favor and post a hijackthis log
Posted 03 June 2005 - 04:47 PM
As I said, I'll watch for a positive outcome.
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