Port Forwarding the Netgear FVX538 Router for BitTorrent


What is Port Forwarding?

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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Before Forwarding a Port Setup a Static IP Address

To setup port forwarding on the Netgear FVX538 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:

192.168.0. <-- Don't Skip This Step!

Login to the Netgear FVX538 Router

Now we need to know your routers IP address. You can find it a variety of ways.

How To Find Your Netgear FVX538 Router IP Address

It's ok if you don't know your Netgear FVX538 router's internal IP address. You can find it by doing one of the following:

Login To The Netgear FVX538 Router Using Your Web Browser

Open a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter the internal IP address of your router in the address bar of your browser.

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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 Netgear FVX538 router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.0.1.

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You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. Enter your username and password now.

The Default Netgear FVX538 Router Username is: admin

The Default Netgear FVX538 Router Password is: password


Click the Ok button to log in to your Netgear FVX538 router.


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How to Port Forward BitTorrent on the Netgear FVX538


Having trouble forwarding ports on the Netgear FVX538?

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 Netgear FVX538 router to save you time and hassle.

Before we can forward ports for BitTorrent, we should set the ports that BitTorrent uses. Here is a brief walkthrough on how to do that. Go ahead and open up BitTorrent.

In the menu at the top of your screen, click the View link. Then in the list of options that drops down click the Settings option.

A new window should have poped up that looks like the picture above. There are a few tabs at the top of this window, click the Network tab.

The number in the starting at port box tells BitTorrent where you start looking for open ports. BitTorrent works it's way up from that port number until it finds a port that is open. Every port that BitTorrent has to check takes time. So it would be a good idea to forward the port that you enter into the Starting at Port box. Many ISPs block ports in the 6000 range. Please choose a port between 10000 and 60000 then enter it into the Starting at Port box. Then enter that port into the box below.

BitTorrent's Port for incoming connections

If you plan on downloading multiple files at the same time via BitTorrent, you need to open up one port for each file. This guide will show you how to open up one port for each file. If you chose to put port 12540 into the Starting at Port box and wanted to have five files going at the same time, you should forward ports 12540 to 12544.

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Now that you are logged in to your Netgear FVX538 router you should see the following:



Forward User Defined Port on the Netgear FVX538

We will list a series of lines here that will show you exactly how to forward the ports you need to forward. BitTorrent requires you to forward the ports you entered above. Go ahead and enter the settings shown above into the Edit SUA/NAT Server Set menu.

Under Security in the left hand menu click Services.
You should see the following menu.
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Click Add a Custom Service
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Service Definition 
Name
Protocol
Port Start
Port End

Go ahead and name your service. It doesn't really matter what the name is, but something easy to remember would be good. Select tcp or udp under type. If you are unsure of the type just select both. Last put in the Start and Finishing port numbers. If the service only requires one port, put that port number in both the start and the finish box. You may need to setup multiple services, depending upon the number of ports/port ranges the software you want to run requires. Click Apply when you have finished. Now we need to go to the second section to continue setting up our port forwarding. Under Security in the left hand menu click Rules.
Once again you should see the following menu.
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Go ahead and click Add in the Outbound or Inbound services section. If you are unsure whether the program you are using will use these ports for inbound or outbound traffic, repeat steps 7 through 9 for both Inbound and Outbound.
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Service
Action
Send to LAN Server...
Wan users
 start:...
 finish:...
Log

Select the service we previously created. Action should be set to ALLOW always. Enter the ip address you want to forward these ports to in Send to LAN Server. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on your computer, you should enter the your computers ip address into this box. Wan Users should be set to Any, unless you want to limit who you want to connect to these ports. This would be useful, lets say, if you only wanted your office computer to be able to ftp into your home computer. In that case you would put your office computers ip address in both the start and finish box. Generally log should be set to never, unless of course you want to create a log of network activity.
When you are finished with that configuration go ahead and click Apply.

And that is it! You are done!


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports for BitTorrent on the Netgear FVX538 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Open Port Check tool. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.

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