Port-Forwarding Help

Yes I want to port forward so that my friend can join my minecraft server.  The internet that I am running is already pretty weak, and the added latency that hamachi adds needs to be taken away.  However the only problem is that no matter what I do I can not port forward.  I have troubleshooted for hours, I checked with my isp to see if they block port forwarding and I can't seem to find a way to get it to work.  I am using a Netgear WNDR 4500(Yes I know its terrible) connected to our westel century link dsl.

Manual Page 97

IP shall be of the machine you are running the server from and the port shall be what you have configure (default: 25565).

Then go here to get you public IP, which will be the one you give to a friend so they can connect.

I know what my IP is and he can't get to that IP until I open up the port...

That's why I provided the manual and the page number!

http://portforward.com/ has all the info you should need.

I hate to be a jerk, but like it or not you are going to have to learn how this works if you want all your toys to play nice. You will need to do the following:

Set a static IP on the machine that you are hosting on

Set the port to 25565, the protocol to TCP/UDP, the IP to the one you set earlier, and set that in the router. You may need to reboot your router to make it work. You should also use your public IP and try and connect, if you can connect via the public IP but your friend can't, its probably ISP shenanigans.

Do you have a software firewall running? Did you assign your machine a static IP and forwarded the ports on that IP? Are you checking the ports while they are in use? If they aren't currently being used, they'll register as closed even if you correctly forwarded them.