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Here’s How To Setup Netgear Port Forwarding In A Few Simple Steps

Since its production in 1996, the Netgear router remains popular among households and small businesses for its usability. It has a firewall that protects your home network by blocking unauthorized connections. However, some games and applications require some of these ports open to run smoothly, thus the essence of Netgear port forwarding. Port forwarding your Netgear router comprises the following steps:

Static IP Address Set Up

Port forwarding on Netgear requires you to set up a Static IP address for the device receiving the ports. This set up helps ensure that your ports forward in the event of a power outage or your device reboots.

Log in to Your Netgear Router

The Netgear router has a web interface. Thus, to log in, you need to follow the following steps using your desired web browser:

  • Open your web browser and replace the address on the address bar with your Netgear router’s IP address, then press Enter. This action will open a box requiring your Username and Password.
  • Enter the default credentials as, Username: username and Password: password. In case you changed your credentials before, use them to log in.

Find the Port Forwarding Section

  • Once logged in to your Netgear router, click the Advanced Link
  • Click the Advanced Setup link to open a new menu
  • On the menu, click Port Forwarding/ Port Triggering
  • Click the Add Custom Service tab to open the right page for Netgear port forwarding.
  • Create a Port Forward Entry

Once on the port forwarding section, ensure you have the TCP and UDP ports that you will forward ready then proceed as follows:

  • On the Service Name box, input a name for this forward as a reminder.
  • On the Service Type dropdown box, select the port protocol.
  • For single Netgear router port forwarding, input the port number into both the External Starting and Ending port boxes. If forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number in the External Starting Port and the Highest into the External Ending Port.
  • Check the Use the same port range for the Internal port box.
  • In the Internal IP Address box, input the IP address of the device receiving the ports.
  • Click the Apply button to effect the changes.

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