Recently my son asked me if he could play Minecraft with his cousins, and if I would setup a server. This guide will show you how to quickly setup, and host a Minecraft server that is accessible from anywhere in the world.
Preface: these instructions apply to all version of the Kibosh router firmware, however these firewall settings are only accessible from the Kibosh Router Management Utility (KRMU), not from MyFilter.kibosh.net.
Any computer that will run Minecraft can host the server.
- On the computer that is going to host the Minecraft server, start Minecraft, create a new world, then open to LAN. Once you open to LAN you will have a port number. Write this down.
- Log into your Kibosh router at http://192.168.10.1
- Go to Status, Connected Hosts and find / copy the IP address of the computer hosting the Minecraft server.
- Go to Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding
- Create a rule like this:
- Save Changes.
- Now we need to give everyone who wants to join our Minecraft server an address + the port number we wrote down. There are a few ways to skin this cat:
- The simplest way is to give them your Kibosh DDNS address and port number:
- Your Kibosh DDNS is as follows: [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com
- NOTE: What’s good about using your DDNS is that although the underlying WAN IP will change at some point, the DDNS name never will.
- NOTE: Your KRMU is labeled under your router.
- Or you could ping your account DDNS – [KRMU ID].kiboshdns.com and give them the WAN IP:
- Or you could go to Google and search for ‘what is my wan ip’
That’s it, now anyone in the world with a live Internet connection will be able to join this server. Easy peazy.
- If there is a local firewall make sure you turn it off (Windows is usually turned on so go into Control panel and turn it off).
- Each time you create a new server, and open to LAN the port will change. You’ll need to change it in the KRMU > Firewall > Individual Port Forwarding rule we created above. It’s super easy to do:
- Original port:
- New port
- Don’t forget to Save Changes.
Microsoft introduced a lot of new features in Windows 10 such as Cortana. However, most of them are breaking your privacy. For example if you’re using the default settings, each time you start typing in search box in taskbar , your local search terms and location are sent to Microsoft, some of which advertise to you. To make matters worse, who knows what web results will be returned?
Also, by default (default = if you don’t change this then it will do it) Windows 10 has permission to report a huge amount of data back to Microsoft. By clicking through “Express Settings” during installation, you allow Windows 10 to gather up your contacts, calendar details, text and touch input, location data, and a whole lot more.
By default, Windows sends a lot of your information to their servers sometimes without asking you to opt-in.
However we can turn most of these tracking features off. Follow these guides to fix Windows 10 and restore your privacy.
How to disable Cortana (it’s always on and listening) and the search online features (which will show web results along with local files/folders):
- Right click the Windows icon (i.e. the start button)
- Select Search
- Select Settings (the cog-wheel) on the left
- Turn off Cortona
- Turf off Search online and include web results
There are a number of internet speed test sites, but most of them hammer you with pop-ups, ads, flash, etc, etc. Also many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will give specific IPs knows to be associated with speed test servers preferential treatment.
In our experience, at the time of this post, the cleanest, safest, most accurate internet speed test can be found at DSLReports.com.
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With a Kibosh router you can manage YouTube SafeMode by:
- Enabling SafeMode for all devices.
- Disabling SafeMode for all devices.
- Excluding devices from SafeMode enforcement.
How to manage YouTube SafeMode:
- Log into your Kibosh at http://192.168.10.1
- Go to Connection > Web Filter Settings
- Towards the bottom you’ll see the YouTube SafeMode section
- Enabled: YouTube SafeMode will be ON for all devices
- Disabled: YouTube SafeMode will be OFF for all devices
- Enabled for All but the Selected IPs: YouTube SafeMode will be OFF for any device IP listed here
NOTE: When enabling or disabling YouTube SafeMode the change happens immediately on the router, however some devices will cling to the old YouTube settings. On these devices you’ll need to clear the browser cache, and reboot to get it working.
How to stay secure and somewhat anonymous online.
First, use an Internet gateway security appliance like the Kibosh Router, or any router that you can enable the Kibosh Filtering Service (KFS). The KFS will block your computer from communicating with known malware, poxy and phishing sites, and provides effective adult content filtering solution that will protect every device on your network.
Currently only the Kibosh Router has this, but coming soon the KFS will be available as a plug-in in Gargoyle Router’s open source firmware (a DIY solution, available to anyone around the world), and then popular SOHO routers.
With the Kibosh Router you get enterprise grade Internet security, i.e. we use the same technology that fortune 500 companies use to protect their users:
In addition to the Internet security the Kibosh Router gives you proprietary content filtering for a very safe overall Internet experience:
- SafeSearch enforcement
- Objectionable websites blocked
- Objectionable search terms blocked
- Ability to set Internet time controls
- Ability to block / allow access to certain websites
Second, use a local antivirus solution:
- MAC OS – with a Kibosh Router protecting your Internet you almost don’t need local protection, however better safe than sorry…
Third, Windows only – use Winpatrol (free) to protect your startup directory, and help block browser drive-by downloads which antivirus doesn’t do very well for some reason.
Fourth – use FireFox:
- Firefox is fast, reliable, open source and respects your privacy. If you have any concerns about online privacy you should be using FireFox (and enable do-not-track).
- What about Chrome? Google’s products are built around tracking and gathering information about you so Google can serve you ads. Zero anonymity here, but it’s a great browser.
- What about Internet Explorer? Surfing the Internet with IE in it’s current form you are almost guaranteed to get pwned. Internet Explorer should only be used for corporate Intranets.
Fifth– use an ad-blocker in your browser.
- As of this post we recommend
Sixth – use a password manager. With a password manager you don’t need to know (or write down) the more complex passwords you should be using on sites you bank on for example.
- Recommended password managers:
The Kibosh’s WiFi Scheduler is a great tool that gives you the ability to easily turn wireless off each night.
Why would we want to do this?
1. To enforce global internet access restrictions.
2. To reduce wifi signal exposure (if you are concerned about that).
3. Added security, wireless networks are a target for hackers and script kiddies.
However, turning WiFi off disables Internet for all wireless devices which might not be what you’re after. To turn the Internet off for specific devices see this how-to guide.