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 Linksys EA4500 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 Linksys EA4500 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 Linksys EA4500 router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.1.1.
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 Linksys EA4500 router.
Please visit our Default Linksys 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 Linksys EA4500 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Linksys EA4500 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 Linksys EA4500 router to save you time and hassle.
Now that you are logged in to your Linksys EA4500 router you should see the following:
Click the Applications & Gaming link near the top of the page.
You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Port Range Forwarding.
Enter the name of the program into the Application Name box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded would be a good idea.
If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Start Port and the End Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Start Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the End Port box.
Use the Protocol drop down box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding.
Enter the ip address to forward these ports to into the To IPv4 Address box. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on your computer, you should enter your computer's ip address into that box.
Put a checkmark in the Enabled checkbox.
When you're finished, click Save Settings near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
And that's it! You're done!
Now that you have forwarded ports for any port on the Linksys EA4500 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.