Port Forwarding the RealTek RT-3500 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 RealTek RT-3500 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:

Don't Skip This Step!

Login to the RealTek RT-3500 Router

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

How To Find Your RealTek RT-3500 Router IP Address

It's ok if you don't know your RealTek RT-3500 router's internal IP address. You can find it by doing one of the following:

Login To The RealTek RT-3500 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 RealTek RT-3500 router. By default the IP address should be set to 192.168.1.254.

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

The Default RealTek RT-3500 Router Username is: admin

The Default RealTek RT-3500 Router Password is: admin


Click the Ok button to log in to your RealTek RT-3500 router.


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Please visit our Default RealTek 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 RealTek RT-3500 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your RealTek RT-3500 router back to its factory settings.


How to Port Forward BitTorrent on the RealTek RT-3500


Having trouble forwarding ports on the RealTek RT-3500?

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 RealTek RT-3500 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 RealTek RT-3500 router you should see the following:

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Click the Firewall link near the left of the page.

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

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Forward User Defined Port on the RealTek RT-3500

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 Port Forwarding menu and then click Apply Changes.

Enable Port Forwarding
IP Address: Protocol: Port Range: - Comment:

And that is it! You are done!


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports for BitTorrent on the RealTek RT-3500 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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