How to Forward Ports on a NETGEAR Router

By Lysis

Port forwarding on a Netgear router allows you to open ports for applications that need access to the internal network. Port forwarding allows you to host applications like FTP, HTTP or gaming servers. Netgear routers come with a user interface that makes it simple to configure routers for port forwarding.

Step 1

Open a browser window and type the IP address of the router in the address.

Step 2

Enter your username and password to access the router. Once the correct username and password are entered, the user interface opens.

Step 3

Click the "Services" link on the left side of the screen.

Step 4

Click the "Add Custom Service" button. This opens a configuration screen that asks for the port information.

Step 5

Enter a friendly name for the port forwarding rule. Select the type of port, which is normally "TCP."

Step 6

Enter one or more ports in the "Port Start" and "Port End" text boxes. If it's only one port to forward, enter one number in both text boxes. If it's a range of addresses, enter the start and stop port numbers. Click the "Apply" button.

Step 7

Click the "Firewall Rules" on the left of the screen.

Step 8

Click the "Add" button under the "Inbound Services" section.

Step 9

Enter the IP address for the server where the port traffic is routed. This is any server in your internal land that handles the request for services. Click the "Apply" button.

Step 10

Close the browser window.

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