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Title: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 13, 2015, 11:55:41 AM
This is a high end router for D-Link, but for whatever reason they decided you can only setup port forwarding/virtual server for up to 15 ports. Is there a way to send a feature request to Dlink? Also, they are calling it virtual server, but it's actually port forwarding. Seems like they got it backwards. On Netgear it was the other way.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 13, 2015, 03:32:39 PM
Maybe high end however still a home class router. Average home class users may not have a need for that many rules. Home class routers have a limited amount of resources per model that the FW and features uses.

Port forwarding allows traffic requests from a specified application to be directed to a specified client inside. Virtual servers are preset port mappings for  services, like a web or e-mail server, that route traffic to a specified client inside.

I recommend that you phone contact your regional D-Link support office and ask for help and information regarding this. We find that phone contact has better immediate results over using email.
Let us know how it goes please.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 10:15:57 AM
I consider myself a slightly more then an average user, but not anywhere near to be enterprise/business user. I simply have 6 IP cameras that I need to port forward 3 ports for each cam (HTTP, RTSP & Server) That's already 18 port forwards! On top of that I need to port forward my pc, nas, so I could get by with 20 port forwards, but 15... All other comparable home routers from Asus, Netgear, Linksys allow more then that, why did Dlink have to limit theirs?
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 10:26:35 AM
You would have to ask D-Link that question.

6 cameras is a fair amount of cameras for the average home user as well. Most home users have maybe 3-4 max. I only have one. The other forum moderator has 3 I think.

I recommend that you phone contact your regional D-Link support office and ask for help and information regarding this. We find that phone contact has better immediate results over using email.
Let us know how it goes please.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 10:54:47 AM
Just curious, what models are all these cameras?  ???
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: JavaLawyer on January 14, 2015, 10:56:07 AM
If it means anything, even the DNS-322L, a dedicated DVR for D-Link cameras can only support 9 cameras for recording, so there are limits imposed.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: RYAT3 on January 14, 2015, 10:59:02 AM


6 cameras is a fair amount of cameras for the average home user as well. Most home users have maybe 3-4 max. I only have one. The other forum moderator has 3 I think.

I must be geeking to much. I have 11 dlink cams and 3 more dlink in boxes, 2 ftp boxes online (iusbport) with 2 more ready to go (iusbport2).

Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 11:00:26 AM
All working and configured on the DIR-880L?

Have you set up any Port Forward rules for your cameras? All of them?

This user seems to be configuring external services for his 6 cameras.

Any configuration informration maybe helpful.



6 cameras is a fair amount of cameras for the average home user as well. Most home users have maybe 3-4 max. I only have one. The other forum moderator has 3 I think.

I must be geeking to much. I have 11 dlink cams and 3 more dlink in boxes, 2 ftp boxes online (iusbport) with 2 more ready to go (iusbport2).
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: RYAT3 on January 14, 2015, 11:01:29 AM
If it means anything, even the DNS-322L, a dedicated DVR for D-Link cameras can only support 9 cameras for recording, so there are limits imposed.


Can that box handle more or does it degrade? 

Sounds like the router doesn't have enough internal memory to store more user defined options
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 11:02:16 AM
Just curious, what models are all these cameras?  ???
Hikvision. Best IP cams btw.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: RYAT3 on January 14, 2015, 11:03:06 AM
All working and configured on the DIR-880L?

Have you set up any Port Forward rules for your cameras? All of them?

This user seems to be configuring external services for his 6 cameras.

Any configuration informration maybe helpful.



6 cameras is a fair amount of cameras for the average home user as well. Most home users have maybe 3-4 max. I only have one. The other forum moderator has 3 I think.

I must be geeking to much. I have 11 dlink cams and 3 more dlink in boxes, 2 ftp boxes online (iusbport) with 2 more ready to go (iusbport2).

No. Sorry.  :(  my $100 asus router has I believe a limit of 25.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 11:08:30 AM
No. Sorry.  :(  my $100 asus router has I believe a limit of 25.

25 would've been just fine. I am not sure how many Netgear r7000 offers, but it was enough for 21 port forwards that I had.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 11:13:29 AM
I'd call up D-Link and ask them specifically which model router they recommend that you could use with your 6 cameras. Some of D-Links cameras don't need any port forwarding services and use Cloud services to help with router resources. Tell them what you have and your specific needs. Maybe they have something that will fit your needs. Let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: JavaLawyer on January 14, 2015, 11:45:06 AM
If it means anything, even the DNS-322L, a dedicated DVR for D-Link cameras can only support 9 cameras for recording, so there are limits imposed.


Can that box handle more or does it degrade? 

Sounds like the router doesn't have enough internal memory to store more user defined options

The specs indicate 9 and I'm fairly certain the ceiling is enforced through the device.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: RYAT3 on January 14, 2015, 12:15:02 PM
No. Sorry.  :(  my $100 asus router has I believe a limit of 25.

25 would've been just fine. I am not sure how many Netgear r7000 offers, but it was enough for 21 port forwards that I had.

I read the user manual for this router. It says in there max of 15.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 12:54:20 PM
I read the user manual for this router. It says in there max of 15.

In either Netgear or Dlink manuals I didn't find anything about # of max port forwards, but in Dlink I see a screenshot that actually has max of 10. If I saw that before I was making purchase, I would completely ignore this router.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 01:22:56 PM
Call and ask D-Link which model router would be best for you...Let us know what they say.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 07:28:44 PM
Well, I "resolved" this. Essentially I could just use Port Forwarding & Virtual Server together which gives me combined 30 rules that I can create. Good enough. I am happy camper!
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 08:02:41 PM
Were you able to configure things to work for your needs?
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 08:05:07 PM
Yup, all good.
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports? (RESOLVED)
Post by: FurryNutz on January 14, 2015, 08:09:31 PM
Glad to hear. I was hoping there was a configuration what would works to get it all going.

Enjoy.  ;)
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: RYAT3 on January 14, 2015, 09:26:50 PM
Well, I "resolved" this. Essentially I could just use Port Forwarding & Virtual Server together which gives me combined 30 rules that I can create. Good enough. I am happy camper!

Can you elaborate a little?  I see you can do ranges. . But how does that work for ports on a camera or did you do a range on something else?
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: slakkr on January 14, 2015, 09:54:35 PM
Yes I changed it to use range instead so that freed up some rule space in addition I could port forward using virtual server that lets you port forward 1 port. Bottom line all is well now, I sold my R7000 and can enjoy this router :)
Title: Re: Why Port Forwarding/Virtual Server limited to 15 ports?
Post by: FurryNutz on February 18, 2015, 10:40:04 AM
May post some screen captures of your configuration as an example for future users to see and use?
Adding Screenshots In A Post (http://forums.dlink.com/index.php?topic=58120.0)