If you don't know what Port Forwarding is yet, you might want to start by reading our What is Port Forwarding guide.
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To setup port forwarding on the Arris TM501b router your computer needs to have a static IP address. You should complete one of the following steps first:
Now that you have setup a Static IP Address on your computer, please enter the IP address that you assigned to your computer here:
Now we need to know your routers IP address. You can find it a variety of ways.
It's ok if you don't know your Arris TM501b router's internal IP address. You can find it by doing one of the following:
Open a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter the internal IP address of your router in the address bar of your browser.
In the picture above the address bar has http://www.google.com in it. Just replace all of that with the internal IP address of your Arris TM501b router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.2.1.
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. Enter your username and password now.
Click the Ok button to log in to your Arris TM501b router.
Please visit our Default Arris Router Passwords page if the username and password shown below did not work for you.
If you can't login to your router because you forgot your Arris TM501b router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Arris TM501b router back to its factory settings.
If you are having trouble with this guide, then perhaps PFConfig may be your solution. PFConfig is a software tool that will automatically forward ports for your Arris TM501b router to save you time and hassle.
Before we can forward ports for BearShare, we need to figure out what ports BearShare is using. Here is a brief walkthrough on how to do that. Go ahead and open up BearShare.
Click Setup in the menu at the top of your screen. In the list that drops down click Connection.
On this page you should see a Listening Port for Incomming TCP and UDP Connections box. This box contains the port you need to forward to the computer you are running BearShare on. You can change this port number if you want to. Please enter the port you chose into the box below.
Now that you are logged in to your Arris TM501b router you should see the following:
Click the General Setup button near the left of the page.
Click the NAT link near the left of the page.
You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Virtual Server or Port Forwarding.
We will list a series of lines here that will show you exactly how to forward the ports you need to forward. BearShare requires you to forward the ports you entered above. Go ahead and enter the settings shown above into the Virtual Server or Port Forwarding menu and then click Add.
|Private IP||Private Port||Type||Public Port||Comment|
And that is it! You are done!
Now that you have forwarded ports for BearShare on the Arris TM501b you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.