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Hello everyone! First post here, so I am hoping it's a good one to start out with - I poked around a few days trying to find an answer to this question/problem, but haven't found it yet so here goes:

 

I recently turned up a DCS Dedicated Server within a network that I have control over. The network has access to the internet via a BLOCK of public IP's (I think we have 14 public IP's within the subnet we own). 

 

I've setup port forwarding on the firewall that I manage, and everything works fine - I have the ports correctly forwarded, and multiple people can connect to the server from locations all over the world with the IP address and port information that I provide them, HOWEVER...

 

 

The server isn't showing up on the public servers list, and I think it's because the "IP Address" of the server is hard-coded into the system (at least - it auto-populates, and there is no way for me to change it in the web GUI), and that IP address is not the same IP that the ports are forwarded to.

I assume the DCS server or GUI is performing some kind of "what's my IP" thing, then auto-populating that field, but I need to enter the IP address myself since it's a few decimals higher than the "standard" IP that all of the internet traffic goes out for the location.

 

To further explain, here's a brief description of the network scenario:
 

 

(INTERNET) <----> (FIREWALL PUBLIC IP 22.10.172.240/28 - PORT FORWARDING SETUP FOR DCS SERVER FOR PUBLIC IP 22.10.172.246/32) <-- --> (Internal Network which houses the DCS Server Machine on a Private IP Address and Subnet) .

 

I have changed the IP addresses to something generic, but they follow the same format and subnetting as the public IP's that I am actually using - I just didn't want to put my actual public IP's on a forum somewhere...

 

I believe everything is setup correctly because the server works, I can connect to it, load maps, fly airplanes, and the whole shabang, I just can't see the server on the "Public Servers" list within DCS World.

 

Any help would be greatly apprecaite!

 

Thank you, and FLY SAFE!

-TheGovernor

 

 

 

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If you are on the same network as the server is hosted on ... you will not see it in the public list, you can use its LAN side IP to connect to it tho and play

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On 1/8/2021 at 9:09 AM, HC_Official said:

If you are on the same network as the server is hosted on ... you will not see it in the public list, you can use its LAN side IP to connect to it tho and play

Thanks for the reply - The DCS Server is only accessible to me over the WAN - it is not on the same subnet as myself (it's actually about 250 miles away). 

 

I'm really confused as to why this server isn't showing up on the public server lists because I (and several others) can connect to and play on it without any issues.

 

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