[ANSWERED] D-Link DIR-655 router - Port Forwarding or Virtual Server?
Hey everyone. I'm just wondering about my home network here. I run 6 servers at home and more than half of them run services outside the network. I use the D-Link DIR-655 router as mentioned in the subject.
I'm curious, I've always used Port Forwarding for things like FTP, Web services etc. But I'm wondering about Virtual Server. Are the two the exact same? They appear to be pretty close. Here are the descriptions for each as shown at the top of the configuration pages.
The Virtual Server option allows you to define a single public port on your router for redirection to an internal LAN IP Address and Private LAN port if required. This feature is useful for hosting online services such as FTP or Web Servers.
This option is used to open multiple ports or a range of ports in your router and redirect data through those ports to a single PC on your network. This feature allows you to enter ports in various formats including, Port Ranges (100-150), Individual Ports (80, 68, 888), or Mixed (1020-5000, 689).
I'm currently using port forwarding, but I'm not sure which is prefered or which is better.
Anyways, if anyone has any information on this, that would be great! Thanks!
Port Forward vs Virtual Server
I think the difference is that Virtual server can map public ports to different private ports.
Port forward on the other hand allows using a range of ports, but the public ports are the same as the private ports.