What Is a Port

The differences between Computer and Software Ports

When you need to connect some devices to your computer, you use computer port. These ports are usually on backside of devices like personal computer or networking devices. Here you can find ports, which can be used to connect some input devices For example: keyboards, mouses, printers. Modern devices connect by using special USB ports, which you can find on your PC or laptop.

Here is illustartion of location computer ports on personal computer.

That hardware ports of wireless router.

There is one more type of ports — software ports. They are used in internet addressing process and helping data packets to find they destination point. They provides your computer to runs more than one data accessing processes (on the Internet) together. Every process has them own combination number which called port. This process guarantee computer knowing of program which should be used to incoming data. For example: it’s like phone network working. There are some number combinations which can help you to get to the right address.

Below you can see illustration which shows you what we are talking about. Here you can see software ports.

Some services and apps use special number combination. As example, your electronic mail is specified for port 13 and your internet browser uses port 62. A lot of applications know what data they can accept access and what traffic they should ignore. Here you can see number combinations which used by special services.

What should I do to set a port?

Usually data is revised by using special hardware and soft, so you don’t need to do make some actions with ports, but there are some situations when you need to define number combination of ports manually:

-When you need to connect on private server in game.

-When you try to configure UTorrent application.

-To specify applications which can be passed through router

-If you need get connection to certain camera

You can get permission if you will use special IP address which used by network, device or program with own port number. For example, we can discuss about security cameras which use IP address to give access for someone who want use it. Your Camera has it own IP address and port, so when you need to connect to your camera, you need type IP address and port tooo. As example: XXX.XXX.X.X:XXXX.

Port Mapping

In the most cases Port mapping is named Port Forwarding. By using router you can get all Internet traffic which is assigned for your addres. This thing is popular named as a port mapping, when you specify where service should be in your network.

You better to visit special port mapping guide on our website.

How to understand that port is opened?

To understand that your port is opened on your PC, you need to use special applications. To choose the best application, better to read some articles in the Internet. You can download thisprogram from web-page appeared after typing name of program in google. It will help you to check your ports access available.