Tata Indicom Wimax Port Forwarding 16


I was looking for this info a while back and could not find any help on the internet. In the end, I finally did figure it out (with help from Srikanth), so thought i’ll post the info for the benefit of others. It’s not really complicated – just needs a little bit of fiddling around.
Port forwarding is usually used when you are sharing an internet connection and want to host a web server from one of the machines using this internet connection. People use it to forward specific ports to increase torrent download speeds as well.
Tata Indicom (Reliance was the first) started using wimax as the last mile connection because of the various problems with OFC cable – frequent damage to the cables because of people digging the roads, cable operators (with whom I heard TI shared their last mile infrastructure) cutting the cables on purpose, and other problems which made connectivity with cables very expensive. The way it works now is –
– TI has a WIMAX tower which services a specific geographic area (some kms around it),
– each home has an antenna pointed towards this tower,
– a cable running from this antenna to the CPE (customer premise equipment) which is a router cum ADSL modem and
– whatever way you want to connect to your p.c (ethernet cable or wireless router, etc)
The key here is knowing that the CPE is a router too. So, port forwarding should definitely be possible. Alright so the way to setup port forwarding finally –
1. Type http://192.168.0.1 (this usually is the default i.p for the CPE) in your browser and click enter. You will see this screen –

2. Click on the login button on the top right corner of the screen. Put in your login details (default username/password is admin/admin).

3. Now click on the ‘LAN’ button on the left side of your screen. You’ll see some options listed here –

4. Click on ‘LAN Settings’ right below the button you clicked in the previous step. Here, you can change the i.p address of your C.P.E (remember the http://192.168.0.1 you typed in the beginning?), and also set the starting i.p address of your DHCP pool. TI gives a static/public i.p address to postpaid customers and dynamic i.ps to pre-paid ones. But this static i.p is set for the router, and is set on their servers – meaning we can’t change it. The i.p we can change is one which we can use to access the router from a connected computer. Anyway, no need to mess around with this i.p either. Moreover, although the public i.p is available to the entire world, the connected computers are still being assigned dynamic i.ps. As in here –
-internet
— static i.p (router)
—— dynamic i.p 1 (computer 1)
—— dynamic i.p 2 (computer 2)
—— dynamic i.p 3 (computer 3)
—— and so on
It is not possible to directly connect multiple routers as there is only one port – but you can use a hub or another router for that.
Anyway, the important thing to note is the start of the DHCP addresses. You can see that marked below. This is the i.p address which will be assigned to the first computer which will connect to the router.

5. Now, click on ‘Firewall’ on the left side of your screen. You’ll see some more options –

6. Click on ‘Virtual Servers’ now. Here’s where you can specify which port to forward and to what computer. Put in the i.p details of the computer to which you want to forward specific port traffic. If you noticed, my DHCP pool was starting at 192.168.0.2 and i’m forwarding any traffic coming to port 80 on the router to the computer with the i.p address 192.168.0.2. That’s all there is to configuring port forwarding on a Tata Indicom WIMAX router. If you have connected another router after the TI one, then you’ll have to configure port forwarding on the 2nd router as well.


Update –
I forgot to mention – although port forwarding is setup when you are done with the above steps, you will not be able to see it happening on your machine. Meaning, if I have domain ajay.mine.nu setup on my computer and have setup port forwarding on the router, if I type http://ajay.mine.nu in a browser window, i’ll still see the configuration page for the router. However, the outside world will be seeing the website you are hosting on your machine. To check this, ask any friend who is online and out of your network if she cacn see your website.

Update –
Although hosting a website on your own computer/server may seem cheaper at first sight, it actually may not be. Think about the effort you would need to put in making your server safe from security threats, maintenance of the server and the hassle involved in all this. It may be easier to just use a hosting service instead. In fact, you can put your website online for under $10 (here’s how)


16 thoughts on “Tata Indicom Wimax Port Forwarding

  • Reply
    competent123

    thanks you so much for taking the pains to post your finding here.

    i have a slight problem, the device connected to the pc ( it’s directly without any other hardware)
    Version Info

    Firmware VersionB8313O1.3.0_v4.2.319 Software Versionv4.2.319

    HardwareFSL8313

    CPESerial No.08CN37WX0797

    LAN Settings
    MAC Address00:21:86:A7:B5:4A
    IP Address0.0.0.0
    Subnet Mask255.255.255.0
    Internet Settings
    Connection TypeN/ASubnet Mask0.0.0.0
    Wan IP Address0.0.0.0
    Default GatewayN/ADNS1 AddressN/ADNS2 AddressN/A Features
    WiMAX MGN MAC Address00:1E:37:14:96:E5
    WiMAX MGN IP Address0.0.0.0
    WiMAX DATA MAC Address0:0:0:0:0:0
    WiMAX DATA IP Address0.0.0.0

    my cpe is configued in bridge mode.

    the button for that says configure it in router mode is disabled.

    googling it says access it in telnet root access mode, it does not login, apparently i have wrong root password. i am using : root/telsima or root/telsimawl

    any idea what i can do?

    the purpose i have in that is : i have a few torrents which i need to seed, but since there are no incoming connections, i can’t seed, although it downloads fine.

    i trick how can it be done?

    i mean any software or root access pass or something.

  • Reply
    Ajay Reddy

    1. Try the credentials – admin/admin
    2. Since your device is configured as a bridge, i think your ports should already be open to internet traffic. You can check if your ports are open by getting them scanned by ‘Shields up’ (google for it)
    3. If not, it probably is being controlled by the ISP. Try calling them up and asking them to open the specific port you need for torrents for you.

  • Reply
    Ajay Reddy

    @jovianjokerjoe – 192.168.0.1 is only the default i.p addresses for your router. If the technician who installed your router changed it, then you’ll have to know the new one. You may try 192.168.0.0 too.
    Also, sometimes some computers cannot connect to the router directly. My HP Ubuntu laptop cannot connect to my router while my Dell XP laptop using the same i.p address. I don’t know the reason for this but you may want to try connecting a different m/c and see.

  • Reply
    sandeep

    I’m also not able to access 192.168.0.1 page…..
    Is it bcz i’ve a dynamic ip… do u think when i’ll purchase static when i can access this page..
    I want to forward port but it still not possible…i mean after so much searching on net…
    i’m gonna buy static ip… i hope it’ll solve all problems….

    Give ur ideas

  • Reply
    Drukpa

    To access 192.168.0.1, you have to set your computer address to static mode under the same subnet.

    Change your computer IP to 192.168.0.2 and then try connecting to 192.168.0.1

    My CPE is different. The interface and all looks different. There’s no port forwarding option.

  • Reply
    sandeep

    @Drukpa

    I tried exactly what u said it is not working either, still its showing page load error.
    Can u plz Guide me…some other solution.

    Ajay Reddy

    I’ve purchased static IP from Tata they told they will give it in 2 3 days…
    Can u tell me once i got static IP will I be able to open CPE page or whatever is required to forward the port…

    Somebody Plz tell me I’m a torrent freak n right now i feel handicap…Previosly i used airtel which worked perfectly… N now…. Guys pl help me out.

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    sunilkumar

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  • Reply
    varun

    how can we forward the traffic to any other pc connected in the lan………..u have mentioned that traffic will only be forwarded to the first computer which is connected to the server……..for ex: i want to forward to 192.168.0.12 to port 8080 what should i do

  • Reply
    Ajay Reddy

    In step 6, you can see that I’ve put in an i.p address, you can change this value to the i.p address of the p.c to which you want the traffic to be diverted. So, instead of 192.168.0.2 you put in 192.168.0.12 in the virtual servers section of the router config.

  • Reply
    varun

    how to make one particular system ip as static in a lan.for example my system some times has 192.168.0.12 and some times 192.168.0.16

    how to make my system static

  • Reply
    Ajay Reddy

    @varun I don’t have a windows m/c to give accurate instructions, but you will have to go to the lan settings for your computer and assign a static i.p address there. Right now, it probably is set to DHCP.

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