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I am using Vodafone's mobile broadband at home as there is no fibre in my building. I have a 4G router with Vodafone's SIM card which serves via Wifi all my devices. This router is not the typical pocket size MiFi router that Vodafone sells, but a big one that is usually offered by other operators to provide broadband at home over the mobile network. My issue is the following:
I have a server at home connected via WiFi to that router, thus getting Internet connection over Vodafone's mobile network. I use this server as a web server (ports 80 and 443), email (25, 587) and others.
As I normally did when I had a normal fixed broadband router, I have configured the NAT settings in my router to forward the public ports 80, 443, 25 etc to my server.
However, for some reason, it is not working. When I try to access my web server on http://my_public_ip_address/ I do not get any response. In fact, if I scan the ports on my public IP by any port scanning tool, I get that the mentioned ports are blocked.
It seems Vodafone network is not routing the requests to my IP. I wonder whether Vodafone uses a NAT or firewall that is preventing my server to be accesible for the whole Internet.
Is this something I can change? I do not really need a static IP address. Normally those used in the fixed broadband are also dynamic but there is no issue.
Do you suggest any workaround? I really want to stay with Vodafone, but given that there is no fibre and given this issue, I am afraid I will need to go for another operator...
I appreciate your help. Thanks!
i have a similar issue, we have a RUT955 router with a vodaphone data only SIM card. Issues opening the ports. (For Cctv purposes) Should we have purchased a fixed ip sim instead or is it still possible to open the ports?
@Greengaz777777 If it's a third party router and not one of ours, we wouldn't be able to help you out with any troubleshooting/steps for it. We'd only be able to do this if it was one of our devices as we'd have the relevant information.