How to Set Up Port Forwarding for Palworld

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How to Set Up Port Forwarding for Palworld

Abhimannu Das
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Whether you're hosting a Palworld server for your friends or simply want to improve your online experience, port forwarding can be a helpful tool.
Port forwarding directs incoming traffic on a specific port (a virtual pathway) to a specific device on your network.

Whether you're hosting a Palworld server for your friends or simply want to improve your online experience, port forwarding can be a helpful tool. However, it's important to understand the process before diving in. You only need to port forward if you are unable to join custom servers. If you are unsure of how to properly port forward in Palworld, here's how to get started.

What is Port Forwarding in Palworld?

Port forwarding directs incoming traffic on a specific port (a virtual pathway) to a specific device on your network. In the case of Palworld, you'd be forwarding the game's port (TCP 8211) to the computer running the server. This allows other players to connect to your server and join your game.

How to port forward for Palworld

The specific steps will vary depending on your router model. Here's a general guide:

  1. Find your router's IP address: This is usually printed on the back of the router or can be found in your router's settings.

  2. Log in to your router's web interface: Open a web browser and enter your router's IP address into the address bar. You'll need to enter your router's username and password to log in.

  3. Find the port forwarding settings: Look for a section called "Port Forwarding," "Virtual Servers," or similar.

  4. Create a new port forwarding rule: Enter the following information:

    • Service Name: (Optional) You can give the rule a name for easy reference, like "Palworld Server."

    • Protocol: TCP

    • External Port: 8211

    • Internal Port: 8211

    • Internal IP Address: The IP address of the computer running the Palworld server.

  5. Save your changes: Apply the settings and reboot your router if necessary.

Make sure your firewall allows incoming connections on port 8211. If you're having trouble, consult your router's manual or contact your internet service provider for assistance.

Most importantly, only forward the ports you need for specific applications. Leaving unnecessary ports open can be a security risk.

Do You Need to Port Forward in Palworld?

Whether you're hosting a Palworld server for your friends or simply want to improve your online experience, port forwarding can be a helpful tool. However, it's important to understand the process before diving in.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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