"Create Server" - others can't join

So - now that I've learnt how to play around with Hammer and can test my maps in TF2, this should be my last question for a bit...

I'm trying to host a game with my newly built map through the "Create Server" option in TF2, for me and some friends. I can set it up just fine, but everybody else can only see my LAN IP and not my external internet IP. So when they try to join, they get a "Server is not responding" error.

I'm certain this is because I am behind a router, and I have tried to find a guide or crucial tidbit of info to get around this, but no luck... :(

The ports Steam uses are all forwarded correctly on my router (incoming and outgoing).

So although this question has been asked lots for dedicated servers, is there any way I can simply use "Create Server" in TF2 and get it to use my external IP? Any advice greatly appreciated!

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  • red caste
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    Type this in your console

    sv_lan 0

    If it dosent work then use Team Fortress2 Dedic. Server, in 'tools'

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    Ok, tried that command but it made no difference. I'm also having exactly the same trouble when hosting through the dedicated server cry :(

    It seems a bit of overkill to need a DS just to do a quick 'n' dirty test game between friends :\ Any other ideas?

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    Get your ip, and tell them to connect to your ip and port through the console "connect YOURIP:27015"

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    Also an easy way is to tell your friends the name of the map, then your friends put the name of the map in search filters on the server list, it will take about a 2 minute wait and your server should appear on the server list, also always put sv_lan 0 in console or in your listenserver.cfg.

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    Nope, no joy. Unless I'm being a spazz, even with the "sv_lan 0" command the game still uses my network IP when hosting. It's visible under the LAN tab of Find Servers... but obviously that's no good to anyone else :)

    Thanks for the help so far...

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    Have you tried telling your friends to use the "Friends" tab after putting "sv_lan 0" AFTER you start up your server?

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    Your firewall is blocking it.

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    @The404Error - I'll give it a try later (or tomorrow now) :)

    @Rufus - Er, well, like I mentioned in the first post, I've opened up the Steam ports as best I can, but if you can be more specific about what I should be looking for, that'd be helpful.

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    7 years ago:

    After you type 'sv_lan 0' sometimes you have to type 'heartbeat' to kind of "jump start" the server I guess you can say.

    Also, portforward.com has specific guides on forwarding ports.

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    Launch your server, I wana see if I can see it.

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