I know there are a lot of posts about the server program not working, and I looked through a lot of them before posting this. None of them seem to be having the same problem as I have...
I want to get my own MineCraft server up. I downloaded the program, ran everything, and it all worked great. I could get in, edit stuff, log out, back in, and its all still there. But then I asked a friend of mine to get on it too, and he said he could not connect. Looking around I found that I needed to port forward. I followed well over 10 guides on how to port forward, I made sure everything is good, and everything looked like how it should. Told my friends to try again, still no luck... So I downloaded "Simple Port Forwarding" and followed a guide on how to port forward using it. Everything should have gone correctly, but at the end when I can check to see if the port is now working I keep getting a message saying "Port 25565 is offline and can not be reached".
I'm stumped. I tried everything I could think of. I looked at Simple Port Forwarding's common problems page, and I tried most of the stuff that was on there, yet nothing helped. I even changed the settings of all my firewalls and turned them all off. Nothing seems to work. Any kind of help or advise would be awesome.
Btw, I'm not sure if this is related, but I also cant seem to get people to connect to my computer using Remote Assistance(I can still connect to others though). Could there be settings somewhere on my computer that blocks all incoming connections?
My computer is an Asus.
I have a Windows home premium.
My anti-virus/firewall is Trend Micro.
When I told my friends to try I gave them the right link from the "externalurl" file. And I had the server's settings to public.