The second method is called port forwarding. This method is mainly used for bigger games with probably more than 5 friends. Now first you must hit the Windows Key and the R key at the same time on your keyboard. A menu shown in the image to the right will appear.
Then you must type in “cmd” just like that. Another screen will pop up, you will then want to type in “ipconfig” in that command console. You then want to look for the connection your computer is looking for a look for the two things, the IPv4 Address and the Default Gateway. They both should be in the same format but shouldn’t be the exact same. Copy those or remember those if you can and open up a browser. You will want to type into the top search bar “https://(default
gateway)” then hit enter. It might bring you to a screen saying it is not private and not safe, just find the option that says to continue or proceed to the site. Now you should arrive at a login thing. This is how to long into your router settings. The menu and how it looks will depend on your internet provider. Now, some internet providers might be different so I would look up “how to login to my router (internet provider)”. For example, “how to login to my router spectrum”. Now the username and password is why you need to look this up. If your family has changed it, ask another family member or roommate for the username and password. Otherwise, if you are using Spectrum, the username and password will both be “admin”. Don’t worry about being hacked, people can’t access your router without your default gateway, and you can also change the username and password when you login. Now, find the option where it says Port Forwarding. In Spectrum you must go to the Advanced, then Access Control, then Port Forwarding. Now, you must find a menu that will be shown in another image.
Now, first, type into the Custom service name “Victoria 2”. This doesn’t change anything but makes it easier to find later on. Now, the Service option won’t matter so go to the Protocol option, there select the option that says TCP – UDP or the option that includes both of those. Next go to External host and Internal host. For External Host, if you only want to host to one person or one computer then you would put their IP there but why would you do that when you can just kick them. Anyways, go down to Internal Host and put your IPv4 Address. Then go to External Port and Internal Port. In the External Port place you want to put “1631-1640” just like that. In the Internal Port option you want to put “1631”.
Now, click add and then go to the website https://www.ipchicken.com/
. Copy the IP address from there and privately send this to the players, remember, DO NOT POST THIS IP PUBLICLY. People are able to DDOS you meaning they will shut down your internet for a time being making you unable to host games and people are unable to connect. But be smart and you can stay safe. Now, go to Victoria 2, and follow the hosting steps from the above step.