How Do You Port Forward?


Quick Answer

To forward a port, assign a static IP address to your router, which allows it to have an unchanging number that identifies it on a network. Once the address is assigned, forward a port by accessing the Port Forwarding section in the router Settings menu. Enter the ports, or choose a specific range of ports to open.

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To assign a static IP address, access the Command Prompt by pressing the Start and R keys together, entering “cmd” and pressing Enter. Once the Command Prompt window is active, type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter. Record the numbers for the IP address Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS servers listed under the Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connections section. Then, input the address by adding 10 to the last digit of the Default Gateway number in addition to the recorded data in the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) settings window, which can be accessed via the Network and Sharing Center.

To forward a port, utilize a Web browser to access the router Settings menu by typing the Default Gateway number in the address bar and pressing Enter. Once the username and password are entered, open the Port Forwarding menu, select the TCP or UDP protocol. Enter the static IP address, and enable the ports by checking the Enabled box next to them.

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