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Firewall/Portforwarding Guide to Host/Play Borderlands Online

Borderlands is an awesome game with a stunning co op gameplay but the procedure to do that and the hurdles make it a frustrating first time experience. It’s rather sad that lot of people just gave up on this game only because they weren’t able to connect to their friends due to complicated procedure. Anyway, to host and play borderlands online you will have to forward certain ports and also configure your firewall as follows.

Port Forwarding Borderlands to Host and Play Online
To effectively host borderlands you need to forward these ports.
1. TCP        28900 – 28902
2. TCP        7777
3. TCP        28910
4. TCP        29900
5. TCP        29901
6. UDP        6500
7. UDP        7777 – 7787
8. UDP        9989
9. UDP        27900

Firewall Guide for Hosting and Play Borderlands Online

Once you have forwarded the above mentioned ports, you need to configure your firewall so that it doesn’t be a hurdle for playing borderlands online.

Borderlands XP/VISTA Firewall Solution

Step 1
Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Switch to classic view -> Windows Firewall. Click on Exceptions tab and add “borderlands.exe” in the exceptions.

Step 2
Follow this if above method doesn’t work. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Switch to classic view -> Windows Firewall. Click on “Advanced Tab”, enter description of the service i.e “Borderlands” and enter the ports below.
1. TCP        28900 – 28902
2. TCP        7777
3. TCP        28910
4. TCP        29900
5. TCP        29901
6. UDP        6500
7. UDP        7777 – 7787
8. UDP        9989
9. UDP        27900

Borderlands Windows 7 Firewall Solution

Step 1
Go to Control panel -> Network and sharing center -> Windows firewall, and click on advanced settings. A window will pop up with options inbound rules, outbound rules, connection security rules, and monitoring.

Now click on the “Inbound Rules” and you will see  two options for “Borderlands” one with an “acception” and other with a “deny” rule, delete both of them.

Step 2
Click “New Rule” on the right hand side and add following settings.
Rule Type: Program
Now navigate to your game folder and choose “borderlands.exe”.
Action: Allow the connection
Profile: Tick Private/Public
Name: Borderlands

Step 3
Right click properties on Borderlands in rules and go to “Advanced Tab”. Now make sure interface type is selecting either your wireless or wired connection.
Change Edge Traversal to “Allow Edge Traversal”. Now click on “Protocols and Ports” tab to do the following.
-Select protocol type and change to any.
-All ports for local port.
-All ports for remote port.

Note: Repeat for the “Outbound Rules”.