I am trying to get my router to forward requests made to my noip dynamic dns to my local computer where I have a nodjs running, waiting for requests on port 14555.

I have the noip dns set up so that a netcat running locally does receive any calls made to port 14555 (i.e. with a browser):

ncat -l -n -v -v -k -p 14555
Ncat: Version 5.59BETA1 ( http://nmap.org/ncat )
Ncat: Listening on
Ncat: Connection from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:56409.
GET /socket.io/?EIO=3&transport=polling&t=1430939580269-4 HTTP/1.1
Host: someDomain.ddns.net:14555
Connection: keep-alive
NCAT DEBUG: Closing connection.
Ncat: Connection from

However although the call seems to pass everything and arrives at my machine, node doesn't listen to it. It does not receive anything:

HTTP server listening at

My receiving server is configured like this:

var self = this;
// Start the server
this.httpServer = http.createServer(function(req, res){ 
    // Send HTML headers and message
    res.writeHead(200,{ 'Content-Type': 'text/html' }); 
    res.end('<h1>Hello Socket Lover!</h1>');

//Listen on the port for HTTP requests
this.httpServer.listen(cfg.port, '');

console.log('HTTP server listening at' + cfg.port + '/');

P.S.: This questions was originally asked on serverfault, but I was asked to move it here.

*edit 1: I did another experiment with an nginx listening on port 80 and forwarding port 80, which had the same result: call arrives on port 80 on local computer but nginx does not receive it.


I have found the solution.

As it turns out, it was a problem with my router.

The "speedport W 732V" is not able to resolve the request when a domain, pointing to the router itself, is called from the internal network.

So everything was actually already working, I just needed to check it from a device outside of my local network.

Since this was very frustrating for me, I will leave this question here, so maybe someone else looking for the answer will find help here.

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