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    Firewalls

    The following information is from the FirewallGuide.pdf located in the rFactor/Support folder.
    While it demonstrates on Windows XP, the information is similar to Windows Vista.

    Overview

    This document is to help the average computer user setup their firewall and or router so
    that they can play and host rFactor races.

    Section 1: Hosting a race versus joining a race

    To join a race you do not need to change anything to your existing Internet connection.
    To host a race you will need to all other drivers to connect to your computer. By hosting the race
    you can specify the rules, track and allowable cars. In order to have other drivers join your race
    you will have to open ports in any existing firewall.

    Section 2: Port Information

    To host games or a dedicator server you will need to open some ports so that other
    drivers can connect to your game. There are three types of games you can host. You can host a
    LAN only game, an Internet only game, or a LAN and Internet game. For any game you want to
    host on a LAN you will need to open up the ports in Table 2.1.

    Table 2.1 Ports required for successfully hosting LAN races
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    If want to host the game only over the Internet you only need to open up the ports in Table 2.2.
    Table 2.2 Ports required for successfully hosting Internet only races
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    Section 3: Port Forwarding and Firewall Exceptions

    3.1 Section Overview
    In general, some type of firewall protects computers on the Internet. If you are not
    behind any type of firewall you can ignore this section. Also if you never intend on hosting any
    races you can skip this section.

    3.2 Description of a firewall
    A firewall is either a piece of software that runs on your computer or a hardware device
    that sits between your modem and your computer. A router that performs network address
    translation is considered to be a firewall. Common software firewalls are ZoneAlarm, BlackICE,
    Norton Internet Security, McAfee Firewall and Windows XP Service Pack 2 firewall. Linksys,
    Netgear, Dlink, Belkin and Cisco manufacture common hardware firewalls.

    3.3 Driver Join Sequence
    When a driver attempts to join your race, that driver will get the address of your race
    from either a matchmaker service or by direct IP. Regardless of which way the driver gets this
    information, the driver will attempt to connect and be confronted by your firewall. If your
    firewall does not let him in, he cannot join your race. You firewall must be setup so that when
    the driver attempts to connect to your race it forwards his connection request to computer
    hosting the race instead of blocking the request. Once your firewall is setup correctly the driver
    will be able to join your race.

    3.4 Allowing access
    In order to host a race you will need to configure your software and/or hardware firewall
    to allow other drivers to connect to your computer. To do this you will need to enable port
    forwarding or add exceptions to your firewalls rules. It is beyond the scope of this document to
    give detailed instructions on how to enable port forwarding or exceptions for every possible
    software and hardware firewall. Section 4 attempts to give instructions for the most popular
    firewall solutions. Please consult documentation that came with your firewall product.

    Once you have discovered how to setup port forward and/or setup firewall exceptions
    you will need to make sure those changes reflect the ports listing in Table 2.1 and 2.2.

    Section 4. Setting up port forwarding and firewall exceptions

    Section 4.1 Windows Xp Service Pack 2 Software Firewall
    Right Click on My Network and Select Properties you should see a window like Figure 4.1.1.

    Figure 4.1.1
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    Right click on your network adapter and select Properties. You should see a screen like Figure 4.1.2.

    Figure 4.1.2
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    Select the Advanced tab and then click on the settings then you should see a screen like Figure 4.1.3.

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    Click on the Exceptions tab. You should see a screen like Figure 4.1.4.



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    Click on Add Port… You should see a screen like Figure 4.1.5.



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    Enter in the information based on Tables 2.1 and 2.2. You will have to add a port for each row of
    those tables. Once you’re done you should see something like Figure 4.1.6.


    Figure 4.1.6
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    At this point you have successfully setup Windows XP Service Pack 2 Firewall to allow hosted
    races on this computer to be joined. Make sure that any other hardware firewalls are also
    properly configured.

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    Hello all,

    a racing buddy of mine is having issues with the windows 7 firewall it seems. When it's active, he often gets disconnected from the server with the message "performance" being displayed in chat. It looks like the problem can be solved by disabling the windows 7 firewall on his rfactor client.

    Has anyone seen this before, and more importantly, what's the meaning behind the "(performance)" message?


    All the best & TIA for your thoughts,

    uwe

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    "Performance" error occurs when using a cracked version of rfactor.
    Please see the FAQ section for solutions to common issues

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    Thanks for the info Bee, I'll pass it on. It's strange though this "issue" could have been fixed by disabling the win7 firewall.

    All the best, Uwe

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    Just heard back, it's definitely not a cracked copy, but a legit, freshly installed rF instance. Also, the error has ocurred again even with the windows firewall now permanently disabled.

    Are there any other issues that we could look at? I guess only the devs could shed more light on that obscure error message. Anyone?

    All the best, Uwe

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    I spoke to one of the devs and he says that the only reason he knows of that this error is displayed is if there is a cracked copy used. Have the guy check to make sure there is no file remnants from any cracked version in the past and make sure he hasn't renamed the rfactor.exe.
    Please see the FAQ section for solutions to common issues

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