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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
1.2.7
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Lighthouse free download for Mac

Lighthouse for Mac1.2.7

24 October 2009

Dynamic port forwarding utility.

What is Lighthouse for Mac

Lighthouse is a dynamic port forwarding utility, allowing you to enable and disable port forwardings with just a single click. Both NAT/PMP (Apple Airport base stations) and UPnP (D-Link, Linksys, Netgear) protocols are supported.

Port forwardings are frequently necessary for tools such as instant messengers, file-sharing utilities and other networked applications that are run from behind a NAT gateway (read: a home network router). Being able to dynamically manage your port forwardings saves you from all the hassles of having to deal with cumbersome static forwardings.

  • Start and stop port forwardings with a single click
  • Lives in your menu bar - always easily accessible
  • Automatically start port forwardings when applications are launched
  • Automatically start Lighthouse when you log into MacOS X
  • Supports NAT/PMP routers (such as Apple Airport base stations)
  • Supports UPnP routers (such as D-Link, Linksys or Netgear branded routers)
  • Support for Growl notifications
  • Import and export profiles to share them
  • Download more profiles from our website
  • Comes with pre-made port mapping profiles for popular applications
  • Localized in English, French and German

What's new in Lighthouse

Version 1.27:
  • Due to a failure of our storage system, some users were accidentally served an old pre-release build instead of proper 1.2.6 yesterday. 1.2.7 is released to make sure that everyone indeed downloaded the correct version.

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Dhess01
Dhess01
Nov 16 2013
1.2.7
5.0
Nov 16 2013
5.0
Version: 1.2.7
Hmm, vapourware? Looks like the devs site is kaput….
svoop
svoop
Feb 5 2008
1.2.3
0.0
Feb 5 2008
0.0
Version: 1.2.3
I hoped Lighthouse could help as my router (Billion Bipac 7500g) is not recognized by iChat. However, Lighthouse has crashed heavily on Leo 10.5.1 :-) A problem might be that Lighthouse sets one rule per port, so if your port range contains 100 ports in both TCP and UDP, Lighthouse tries to set 200 rules on the router. That might have blown it.
Oculi
Oculi
Aug 2 2007
1.2.1
5.0
Aug 2 2007
5.0
Version: 1.2.1
A software for everyone who needs an easy solution for port forwarding. Very well done!
Nhesson
Nhesson
Jul 25 2007
1.2.1
0.0
Jul 25 2007
0.0
Version: 1.2.1
Waht about the apple airport extreme? :(
anonymous-dingo-1062
anonymous-dingo-1062
Apr 2 2007
1.2
0.0
Apr 2 2007
0.0
Version: 1.2
Lighthouse unfortunately is useless for 99% of users because most applications have the UPnP functionality built in. iChat, LimeWire, Azureus, Xtorrent, and many many more do the port mapping for you via built in UPnP. That's really what UPnP was made for. To be built into the code so you, the user, dont have to think about it. I really do like the software though. If Applications didnt do this on their own I would use Lighthouse for sure.
Curare
Curare
Feb 19 2007
1.1.1
5.0
Feb 19 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Even though I had trouble, it's most likely my router as it seems, not the app. I give it a 5 star rating, since the app is stable and does what it says. The developer is friendly and responsive. I like that combination regarding support ;)
Curare
Curare
Feb 19 2007
1.1.1
5.0
Feb 19 2007
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Hm, I bought this software without reading any reviews, comments or something. Making Lighthouse work with Linksys routers requires to turn on RIP-Support within the router (this enables Lighthouse to successfully connect to the router). But any profile I tried to apply just fails (UPnP and NAT are enabled, besides RIP. I did not mail the developer about this, so it's maybe unfair, but it seems to me that it's (a lot) easier to set up a static port forwarding, than making Lighthouse work with your router. It's a pitty, since I really love the idea of the app.
Abilstein
Abilstein
Jan 20 2007
1.1
4.0
Jan 20 2007
4.0
Version: 1.1
Works great for me! Now I can easily provide technical support via VNC for people using wireless routers. The developer was very helpful and friendly, and even sent me a specific configuration file to help me out.
csaborio
csaborio
Dec 28 2006
1.0.4
5.0
Dec 28 2006
5.0
Version: 1.0.4
It did not associate with my Linksys router. I could really use this application, please make it work!! (I am giving you great reviews to make up for the unfair 1-star rating you received below)
davidetter-2
davidetter-2
Dec 14 2006
1.0.4
0.0
Dec 14 2006
0.0
Version: 1.0.4
I really want to give Lighthouse a try, but for several weeks, the developer's website has been inaccessible from my neck of the woods. Is there a mirror??
Non-pc
Non-pc
Dec 14 2006
1.0.4
1.0
Dec 14 2006
1.0
Version: 1.0.4
Where do you get off calling this Shareware? It's commercial with a 14 week demo.
Mortbrew
Mortbrew
Dec 10 2006
1.0.3
0.0
Dec 10 2006
0.0
Version: 1.0.3
Great App!! It doesn't work with my WRT54G v1.1 w/ v4.30.5 firmware, but then again most other UPnP mac software doesn't either. I switched to my backup WRT54G v6.0 w/ v1.01.1 firmware and it works like a charm! Going to test some more and see if I can get it to work on some other routers. Either way I am 95% sure I will purchase. Awesome idea, and excellently implemented. Give it a try!
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Dec 8 2006
1.0.3
5.0
Dec 8 2006
5.0
Version: 1.0.3
OK... I've got to give this app a five star rating. It didn't work at first with my router, but I wanted it to work desperately. The developer was very responsive throughout, and together we were able to track down the problem. I'm a happy user now. Lighthouse is fantastic and, like Little Snitch, a must have for anybody who is accessing the Internet through a router. Strongly recommended!
Theshortcut
Theshortcut
Nov 29 2006
1.0.1
0.0
Nov 29 2006
0.0
Version: 1.0.1
I love the idea of this app, however I have been unsuccessful at getting it to associate via UPnP with any routers I have tried, most importantly my WRT54G (Linksys) at home. Other apps have successfully used UPnP with this router, and yes UPnP is turned on in the router config.
$12.99
4.1
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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