HELP! Dolphin's Traversal Servers are down and I must get my SMASH on!
FEAR NOT! There is a way!
Step 1: Port Forwarding Your Router
When it comes to port forwarding, most routers are completely different. We recommend using Portforward.com's Guide List in finding your router and designating a specific port for access within dolphin (The most common port is 2626). In regards to UDP or TCP, if you can select both, then do so, otherwise, go for UDP. Make sure you APPLY/SAVE your setting. This is a VERY common error.
Step 2: Finding your IP Address: 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52
In order for you to have others connect, you will need to locate your External IP Address. Verify that this matches your ip address HERE.
You will need this address for when you host.
Step 3: Hosting
As the host, you will need to provide your External IP Address AND the port you forwarded. This info, you need to have written down as you will be giving it to the user connecting.
Within the Dolphin Netplay Setup window in the top left, make sure you click on and select Direct:
Click on the Host tab and specify which port you successfully port forwarded (make sure you saved your port forwarding settings) and click host:
From this point, you will need to provide your External IP Address and the Forwarded Port to the person you wish to connect with. As the Host, you're done!
Step 4: Connecting
You will be given the External IP Address and the Forwarded Port. From here you will open up the Dolphin Neplay Setup Window and click on Direct as well. From here you will input the IP address they gave you and the specified port they forwarded and hit connect:
And there you have it! You're connected again!