Use Airwall Teams to Set Up a Secure Home Minecraft Server

Rick Suehring | 02/06/2021

Airwall Teams is a perfect solution for Minecraft gamers to:

  1. Allow remote friends on different networks to connect as if they were on the same WiFi or local area network (LAN)
  2. Secure their own computers and network so that hackers and unauthorized users can’t access their systems even though their friends can!
  3. There's no need for a VPN either which can cost money or mine your data and which could be vulnerable itself.

Airwall Teams uses the same military-grade encryption and security protocols that protect critical networks including power grids, water treatment facilities, manufacturing plants and a whole lot more! The best part is that Airwall Teams is free and can save you tons of money from subscribing to hosted Minecraft servers. No more $8 monthly fees for a Minecraft realm.


Everyone has seen their favorite Minecraft Youtubers play on beautifully designed maps, and many have also thought about how fun it would be to play on those maps with their friends. Who can just watch CaptainSparkles play Diversity 3 and not want to try it out themselves?

Unfortunately setting up servers hosted by sketchy free Minecraft hosting websites rarely have an easy way for you to install a map. Using Airwall Teams you can set up a LAN world or your own server in a safe and secure way that makes it easy to play on any map, any version of Minecraft and even try out any mod you can think of.

Why do you need Airwall Teams?

Without Airwall Teams, most server setup instructions tell you to open up port 25565 on your firewall… but that makes it easy for bad guys to scan for port 25565 and leverage vulnerabilities in Minecraft servers to penetrate your network.

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Here's a sample warning about opening up your home network to potential hackers by setting up a Minecraft server (without Airwall Teams).

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Below are the step-by-step instructions to set up your own server hosted by you and protecting it with Airwall Teams quickly and easily.

Overview steps:

  1. Install your Minecraft server (Windows or Linux) if you haven't already.
  2. Sign up for Airwall Teams.
  3. Edit your server.properties file.
  4. Share with your friends.

Detailed instructions:

Set up your Minecraft server:

Follow existing online instructions for downloading and setting up a Minecraft server.

One site outlining these steps is:

https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials/Setting_up_a_server

Verify that your Minecraft Server is operational from your local network before attempting to set up remote access for your friends.

 

Sign up for Airwall Teams and install it on your server:

Go to https://teams.tempered.io to sign up for a new Airwall Teams account. Airwall Teams is free for up to 25 users. You and your friends will eventually install an app on your devices but you will normally access it from a web browser to give access to friends or change configurations.

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From the PC which is running your Minecraft Server, login to your new Airwall Teams account and download the Airwall agent selecting the right OS for your system.

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As instructed by your OS, install the Airwall agent and wait for it to complete. If you are on Windows, you will need to run the installer as an Administrator.

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Activate your Airwall Agent:

Again, on the computer hosting the Minecraft server, click Activate (for Linux copy and paste the command shown and run in a terminal/shell).

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It might take several minutes for the activation to complete.

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Airwall Teams will automatically assign your hosted Minecraft Server an Overlay IP address. This is a standard format network address that will be used by friends to connect to the server, but won't work for hackers.

You can rename your Trusted Device to customize it, such as calling it "Minecraft Server" (very original, we know).

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Now edit the file: server.properties. This is the key step to make this work. You must tell your Minecraft Server it will have a new IP address. Edit the server.properties file for your server, making sure the server-ip= field is set to the Overlay IP set up for you by Airwall Teams.

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Now it's time to test with a local user. Login to Airwall Teams on another computer that you want to use to connect to your Minecraft server (it can be on the same home network).

Click Expand my network and click Add a device to my network.

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Install the Airwall Agent and Activate it on this new computer.

Click the Pencil icon and draw a line from your new device to the Minecraft server to allow them to talk to each other.

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Verify that you can access Minecraft. From your local computer, open Minecraft multiplayer and add a new server and enter the Server Address – which will be the Overlay IP address assigned to your server.

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Now verify that you can connect and play. It may take a 20-30 seconds to connect and you may need to click Refresh the first time you connect.

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Note that you will always connect to your Minecraft server using the Airwall agent and it will not be available on its regular local network IP address.

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Invite your friends to play!

In Airwall Teams, click on Expand my network.

Select Add friends to my network and enter your friend’s email address.

Click Add.

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Your friends will click on the link in the e-mail, and they will be asked to create an account in Airwall Teams. They can then install the Airwall Agent and Activate it on their computer just like you did on the server.

Once they have activated their agent, you will need to go back into Airwall Teams and build a link between their device and the Minecraft Server.

Unlike a typical VPN, you will have complete control of when remote users can connect to your Minecraft Server.

And unlike Internet Servers, your Minecraft Server is completely private and only allowed users can connect and see your information. Your friends can log into Teams and see if they are connected, but they can’t make changes to the connection.

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You are ready to have fun! Minecraft is a fun, creative way to interact with family and friends. Set up a separate video chat session as well and enjoy!!

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