Lighthouse

Version: 1.2.7 || Release Date: 2009-10-24 || License: Shareware ($12.99) Developer: codelaide software | App Owner: codelaide

Lighthouse is a dynamic port forwarding utility, allowing you to enable and disable port forwardings with just a single click. Both NAT/PMP (Apple Airport base stations) and UPnP (D-Link, Linksys, Netgear) protocols are supported.

Port forwardings are frequently necessary for tools such as instant messengers, file-sharing utilities and other networked applications that are run from behind a NAT gateway (read: a home network router). Being able to dynamically manage your port forwardings saves you from all the hassles of having to deal with cumbersome static forwardings.

- Start and stop port forwardings with a single click
- Lives in your menu bar - always easily accessible
- Automatically start port forwardings when applications are launched
- Automatically start Lighthouse when you log into MacOS X
- Supports NAT/PMP routers (such as Apple Airport base stations)
- Supports UPnP routers (such as D-Link, Linksys or Netgear branded routers)
- Support for Growl notifications
- Comes with pre-made port mapping profiles for popular applications

Requirements

MacOS X 10.4 or later (Leopard-compatible)
A NAT/PMP or UPnP compatible router

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4 Opinions

Works like a charm.
I was having a hard time to configure my d-link router to forward the ports for Nicecast, even though I was following the instructions by the letter..then I decided to give Lighthouse a try and voila, problem solved in 20 seconds :)

Another good thing is that it is very easy to close those ports when I am not using them, instead of leaving them open all the time which is usually the case when we have to go through router configuration.

Security risk maybe-many would say Javascript is just as much-but this program is quite convenient nonetheless. The genius of Lighthouse is that it configures routers that you don't have administrative access to (Apple routers with NAT-PMP and others with UPnP) or don't want to bother configuring. I keep it running all the time, it never crashes, and uses up 0% CPU. Great price, and really responsive developer. It has Sparkle auto-updating built-in too.

Can someone please help me configure it?

Great idea, nice implementation.