I can make my own server and connect to it with ease, and my friend can do so likewise. However, I would like to join my friends server, but I cannot connect to his server but he can.

If I have my server up and running while I try to connect to his, then I will be joining my own multiserver instead. But if he has his server running and joins mine, then there is no problem. And when I use the direct connect with his VPN IP it just ends up in a connection timed out.

It seems like I can only recognize and join my own server no matter what I do. But my friend has none of these problems. Anyone got some tips?

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    sounds like a vpn question, not a minecraft question.
    – legacy
    Commented May 14, 2012 at 15:31
  • Or a port-forwarding/firewall issue.
    – MBraedley
    Commented May 14, 2012 at 15:36
  • If you can manage a few clicks of the mouse you should probably just Port Foward
    – Wijagels
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 21:10
  • Can you check that, 1. the firewall is disabled (on your and your friends pc) 2. the web security of your antivirus software is disabled (same) 3. The ports are not blocked (on firewall, if you can't shut it down) and can you please give the name of the vpn system you are using?
    – ave
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 22:31

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If I understood corectily, you are putting the ip of his VPN into the direct connect box of minecraft multyplayer. you must connect to the vpn then put the ip of the server from your friends network into direct connect.

  • I am already in the same network group as him on hamachi. And he can use direct connect with my hamachi IP to my server without problems, but I cant join his.
    – Viffer
    Commented May 14, 2012 at 18:32
  • firewall might be the problem then, my question is you said VPN ip, sounding like you were putting in the adress of the vpn itself
    – legacy
    Commented May 14, 2012 at 19:59

I would recommend using Tunngle over Hamachi. It was designed specifically for tunneling video games, and from personal experience, does a much better job at it than Hamachi.

However, to actually answer your question: it is likely a firewall or adapter-priority issue. Have him turn his Windows firewall off, and make sure Hamachi is set as the highest-priority adapter in Windows.

Alternatively, just host the game outside of Hamachi, and have him forward the correct port on the router.

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