Port Forwarding the Netgear WNDR4500 Router for Active Webcam


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 WNDR4500 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:

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

Login to the Netgear WNDR4500 Router

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

How To Find Your Netgear WNDR4500 Router IP Address

It's ok if you don't know your Netgear WNDR4500 router's internal IP address. You can find it by doing one of the following:

Login To The Netgear WNDR4500 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 WNDR4500 router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.1.1.

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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 WNDR4500 Router Username is: admin

The Default Netgear WNDR4500 Router Password is: password


Click the Ok button to log in to your Netgear WNDR4500 router.


Default Usernames and Passwords for other Netgear Routers

Please visit our Default Netgear 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 Netgear WNDR4500 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Netgear WNDR4500 router back to its factory settings.


How to Port Forward Active Webcam on the Netgear WNDR4500


Having trouble forwarding ports on the Netgear WNDR4500?

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 WNDR4500 router to save you time and hassle.

Before we can forward ports for ActiveWebCam, we need to figure out what ports ActiveWebCam++ is using. Here is a brief walkthrough on how to do that. Go ahead and open up ActiveWebCam and get into the camera you want to modifies settings.

At the top of the camera's properties page click the Broadcasting link.

There are two things on this page that require forwarding a port. If you have Remote Access enabled, you need to forward the port in the remote accesses section's Port box. You can change the port that is in that box if you like. Please enter the port for Remote Access into the box below. If you are not using Remote Access just leave this box blank.

ActiveWebCam's port for remote access

The HTTP Server is the second thing in Active WebCam that requires port forwarding. The Port box in the Http Server section contains the port number that must be forwarded for the HTTP Server. You can change that port number if you like. Please enter the port you are using for the HTTP Server into the box below. If you are not using the HTTP Server just leave this box blank.

ActiveWebCam's port for the HTTP Server

Netgear WNDR4500 Router Port Forwarding Screenshots

Now that you are logged in to your Netgear WNDR4500 router you should see the following:

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Click the Advanced button near the top of the page.

The menu on the left should change. In this new menu, click Advanced Setup.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.

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Click the Add Custom Service button near the center of the page.

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Forward User Defined Port on the Netgear WNDR4500

We will list a series of lines here that will show you exactly how to forward the ports you need to forward. Active Webcam requires you to forward the ports you entered above. Go ahead and enter the settings shown above into the Port Forwarding menu and then click Apply.

Service Name  
Service Type
External Starting Port
External Ending Port
Use the same port range for Internal port
Internal Starting Port
Internal Ending Port
Internal IP Address ...


Forward User Defined Port on the Netgear WNDR4500

You should see another page of settings that need to be entered into one of the blank lines on your routers Port Forwarding page. Go ahead and enter those settings and then click Apply.

Service Name  
Service Type
External Starting Port
External Ending Port
Use the same port range for Internal port
Internal Starting Port
Internal Ending Port
Internal IP Address ...

And that is it! You are done!


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports for Active Webcam on the Netgear WNDR4500 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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