Sending files with msn messenger, behind a router

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by Garak, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. Garak

    Garak Guest

    I can't send files to my friends with msn.. They always get the firewall
    error. They don't have firewalls, there connected directly thru their cable
    modem so they can send to me just fine.

    I've set my machine as the DMZ host, so I am not firewalled at all. I can
    run tons of things that say they won't work behind a firewall. I've even
    tried setting up the ports, tho maybe I did it wrong.
    I set them in port forwarding to my machine (in my Linksys router).

    MSN just seems to detect im using NAT and not let it work.

    Is there any fix for this?
    Garak, Sep 18, 2003
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  2. Greetings Garak,

    In order to send files through Messenger via a router, the router must support Universal Plug
    and Play (UPnP), have built-in support for Messenger file sending (which only a few older
    Linksys firmware versions do), or both sides will need MSN Messenger 6 (so it can send the
    file through the server -- albeit slowly).

    Most [popular] Linksys routers have firmware updates that now have UPnP, visit: to download them. After installing, you should be able to
    send files.

    Also note that MSN Messenger 5 or 6, or Windows Messenger 5 are required for UPnP file
    transfer (on the sending side, the receiving side can use any version).
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], Sep 18, 2003
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