Actiontec M1000 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.
The basic process to open a port is:
- Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- Login to your Actiontec M1000 router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Click the Advanced Setup button.
- Click the Applications link.
- Click the User radio button.
- Click the New button.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Actiontec M1000 router.
It is important to setup a static ip address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This ensures that your ports will remain open even after your device reboots.
- Recommended - Our free Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.
Now we are going to login to your Actiontec M1000 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your router and type in your router's IP address.
The default Actiontec M1000 IP Address is: 192.168.0.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
- The Default Actiontec M1000 Router Username is: admin
- The Default Actiontec M1000 Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Actiontec M1000 router.
Actiontec Usernames and Passwords
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default Actiontec Router Passwords page.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Actiontec M1000 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Actiontec M1000 router back to its factory settings.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:
Click the Advanced Setup button near the top of the page.
Click the Applications link near the left of the page.
Put a dot into the User radio button.
Click the New button near the bottom of the page.
Here are the ports to forward for Xbox Live:
- TCP Ports: 3074
- UDP Ports: 3074
If you are looking for the ports for a different application you can find it by either:
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Rule Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.
If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Port Map, Port Start and the Port End boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Port Map, Port Start box and the highest number of that range into the Port End box.
Click the Apply button when you are finished.
Use the Lan Device box to choose a device to forward ports to. This box contains a list of device names that are visible on your network.
Select the applications you just created in the Available Rules list, then click the Add >> button to move them to the Applied Rules box.
When you are finished, click the Apply button.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Actiontec M1000 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.
To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.
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