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Setting Up a Pokemon Online Server

I've had a lot of fellows asking "How do I set up a Pokemon Online server?" It's a rather complicated procedure without visual aid, so I have decided to make an article on it for you! Requirements:

-A router
-Access to your router's configuration settings. If you aren't sure if you have this, type your computer's IP into a web browser, and attempt to log in. If you cannot, you will have to gain access before making a Pokemon Online server! The first thing you will need to do is download the latest Pokemon Online server to your computer. It can be found here: On this page, click this picture under Server to download the files:

Pokemon Online server download

1. Find your IP information

Before connecting the server, you will have to make your IP address static so that problems will not arise with addressing conflicts once you get the server up.

Windows XP:

Run command Pokemon Online server

Go to Start, and then Run. Type in cmd into the run box, and hit Enter. At this point, a black box will come up with a directory in it. If you are using Windows 7, just hit the Windows start orb, and search for cmd in the search box.

Command Prompt Pokemon Online

Type in ipconfig /all into this window, and it will give you a bunch of information, which is shown here:

IP Config Results

I want you to write down three things here. It can be on a piece of paper, in Notepad, or whatever. Record the IPv4 address, the default gateway and BOTH DNS Servers, which are circled above.

2. You now need to use this information to make your IP static.

Windows XP-Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections > LAN or Internet connection > Right-click and click Properties.

Windows 7 - Click the Connection bars at the bottom right of your screen, and click "Open Network and Sharing Center". You should get a screen like this:

Network and Sharing Center

The red circle indicates your router name. Click on this, and you should see a screen like this:

IP Screen

Click Properties on this new window, and highlight Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) in the box in the middle of the window. Your screen should look like this:

IPv4 Properties

At this screen, select "Use the following IP Address". In the IP Address field, put in the IP that you wrote down in Notepad or that piece of paper (you DID write it down, didn't you?....). Also put in the default Gateway that you wrote down. Don't worry about the Subnet Mask - it should automatically be filled in once you put the IP address in.

After this, select "Use the following DNS Server address", and type in the 2 DNS server addresses that you wrote down, then click OK.

We're half done!

3. Forwarding Port 5080

Go to, and find the name and brand of your router. You can normally find it beneath the router. When you find it, search for "Pokemon NetBattle" in the list that appears. Yes, it's not called Pokemon NetBattle anymore, but it will still work. For the Public and Private ports, you will have to type in 5080. This is the port used by Pokemon Online, and will allow others to connect to your server. If you want to make sure that the port is forwarded correctly, you can use this tool:

Congratulations, your server is set up! If you still have difficulties, you can seek help on the forum here, or on the Pokemon Online support forums.

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