Tiscali Router (Siemens SE587) and confusing port forwarding…

I use Tiscali Broadband very regularly, and generally the service they provide is fantastic. The broadband is very cheap for what you get, and most of the time I have no problems. Except…

The Tiscali router firmware is quite strange. Especially in the port forwarding settings. In my scenario, I need to be able to port forward my Network Drive up to the internet so I can access it when I’m not at home (or so that downloads on http://download02.geekonthepc.com work). Ok, that’s fine, I just put the port forwarding info into the config settings…


Router Config

Look OK to you (you might want to see a full size image but clicking on the image)? Looks OK to me.

So I go to test it – open up Filezilla, and go to my IP, and wait a sec – connection rejected by server? What?

So I go back and check the settings again. No, they are fine. What’s going on?

Well, after several hours of endless confusion, I’ve finally worked out how (oddly) it works.

It does actually port forward, however if you try and access it on the same Tiscali router you are trying to port forward from, for some reason the connection is rejected. But if you go to another wi-fi connection, it will allow it and you’ll get in.

It’s very odd, but at least it’s working. You can be sure that its working if you go to http://status.geekonthepc.com/networkdrive and it’ll ping it from the Tiscali router (update: the server has since been taken off the internet).

So there you go, Tiscali port forwarding does work – it’s just a firmware bug that Tiscali/Siemens should just sort out.

4 thoughts on “Tiscali Router (Siemens SE587) and confusing port forwarding…

  1. GEEK! Post author

    Well, what I meant was that I can access it on the local network (eg 192.168.1.x) but I cannot get to access it via my external IP from the internal router. For example, if my IP was and I tried to connect to from my internal network via the Tiscali router, it would never work.

  2. DanDini

    I tried to get mine working with my web server with absolutely zero success. The fact that it can’t work for your internal network means that I can’t work on my web server at home etc.

    Anyone had any luck with this on the 587?


  3. Rog

    Just a note for those trying to set-up portforwarding for torrent programs on this router – i couldn’t make it do it until I found there was a firewall on the router. Find the page on the setup screen, switch it off and hey presto! (There is already a firewall on the computer)

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