How to Port Forward Using Mullvad VPN

Introduction

Many VPN providers, including Mullvad, offer a dedicated IP to help users access blocked content and keep their identity private. A user can connect to a VPN server located in a different country and access content from other locations. The benefit of having a dedicated IP is that users can set up their device to automatically connect to the VPN server whenever they connect to a network, whether that be at home or at work. This can help ensure that they always have continuous, private Internet access regardless of where they connect from.

However, setting up automatic, one-click VPN connections is pretty easy. For those wanting to manually control their VPN connection, this can become tricky. If you use multiple devices, it can be difficult to maintain separate logins on all of them so you can easily switch between them when needed. A dedicated IP is also useless if you decide to change VPN providers, as your IP will still be associated with the previous provider.

Port Forwards Help

To address these issues, port forwards come in really handy. A port forward allows you to configure your router so that when a particular port on your computer or device is accessed, the corresponding port on a remote device (e.g., a server) is opened for that specific IP. This way, you can have a single login that you can use with multiple devices. As long as your router is setup correctly, it will be easy for you to just switch between remote devices (e.g., VPN servers) whenever you want, without having to remember multiple logins.

Let’s say, for example, that you want to access Netflix from your Canada Region device. Usually, you would need to go through a VPN server located in the United States to be able to do so. Using a port forward will allow you to use your Canada IP to access content on Netflix regardless of where you are located. This can be achieved by setting up the following port forward on your router:

  • Port 3334 on your computer or device to port 3334 on the VPN server, followed by
  • Port 80 (standard HTTP port) to port 22 (SSH port) on the VPN server
  • The IP of the VPN server (e.g., 192.168.1.2)
  • Name of the service (e.g., Netflix)
  • Username (optional)
  • Password (optional)

Now, whenever you try to access Netflix from your Canada Region IP, your router will forward the traffic to the VPN server, which will in turn enable you to access the content.

How To Setup Port Forwards Using Mullvad VPN?

If you are looking to use Mullvad VPN for port forwarding, here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

Step one: Install Mullvad VPN on your computer or device

To begin, you will need to install the VPN software on your computer or device. You can download the VPN installer for your operating system from the following links:

  • Mullvad VPN (Windows): https://www.mullvad.com/en/privacy-security/software/mullvad-windows/
  • Mullvad VPN (Mac): https://www.mullvad.com/en/privacy-security/software/mullvad-mac/
  • Mullvad VPN (Linux): https://www.mullvad.com/en/privacy-security/software/mullvad-linux/

Step two: Connect to the VPN server

Once your computer or device is installed with VPN software, you can proceed to connect to the server. To connect to the VPN server, you will first need to specify the IP address of the server you want to connect to. In most cases, you will be provided with a dedicated IP address by the VPN provider, and you will be able to use this to connect to the server. If you are not provided with a dedicated IP address, you will need to use a different IP address for each device you use to connect to the server.

Step three: Confirm the port forwards

Once you are connected to the VPN server, you will see a list of devices connected to it. Look for the IP of the server you are connected to (you can find this in the URL of the VPN connection page) and then click on it to see the list of port forwards configured for it. You will need to confirm that the port forwards are set up correctly before you can use the service (i.e., if you see that port 3334 is not forwarded to port 3334 on the VPN server, you will need to configure this).

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