All incoming connections seem to be refused on my Fedora machine, except on port 80 with apache.

The ports I have tried are 8111 and 1111, neither does work. I have done the forwarding on my hardware router and configured the firewall (iptables, using the GUI) to allow connections on those ports. However, it is still not working.

When I run a small HTTP server (the node.js hello-world) on one of these ports and try to curl it, it only works on localhost but not with the public ip address.

Using the public address, I immediately get curl: (7) couldn't connect to host.

Without the port forwarding or the firewall exception, this takes a while and does not appear immediately - so i think that that's not the problem. I also tried using the web browser instead of curl, without any difference.

I have tried a tool named tcptrack, which shows this whenever I try to curl using the public address (I changed the public address here, is the local one):      RESET        16s    0 B/s    RESET        16s    0 B/s

So I am receiving the packages but they are rejected somehow (I don't know exactly what RESET means). Is there another firewall or something? Like I said, port 80 works fine.

1 Answer 1


How are you running this webserver? It seems like it's only listening to localhost, and not to your actual ip address. So it will only accept connections comming from localhost (

Try binding it to (or instead of localhost.

So if you're starting it like this:

http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
  res.end('Hello World\n');
}).listen(1337, '');

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  • thank you!! how could i forget this? :D
    – wst
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 16:11

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