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Open a Port on Your Actiontec MI424WR

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In this guide we will describe how to port forward the Actiontec MI424WR router.

All Actiontec MI424WR routers have a simple firewall included to help protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. A firewall continually blocks incoming connections you may want unblocked because of a game or application. To unblock a connection you need to create an open port or more frequently a port forward because you want to forward a port through the firewall to a device on your network.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setting up a Static IP Address on the exact device or game console you want to forward these ports to.
  2. Login to your Actiontec MI424WR router.
  3. Then find the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Security button.
    • Select the Port Forwarding link.
    • Click the Add link.
    • Choose the Add Server Ports link.
  4. Finally, create a port forward entry or rule.

These steps may seem difficult at first, don't give up, we will be walking you through each of the steps in the process to get your ports forwarded.

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Step 1

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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.

Step 2

The next step is to login to the Actiontec MI424WR router. Your router uses a web interface, which means you need to use a web browser to access your router setup pages. It does not matter what browser you decide to use, just pick your favorite. Some common options are Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

After opening the web browser of your choice, find the address bar which is normally located at the top of the page like this:

Do you see the address bar in the image above? It has in it. All you need to do is erase what is currently in the address bar and replace it with the router's IP Address, which is sometimes referred to as a default gateway.

If you have changed your router's IP Address in the past and don't remember what you changed it to, we recommend following the directions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

By default the Actiontec MI424WR router's IP Address is:

Once you have entered the router's IP Address you can simply press the Enter key on your keyboard. If all goes as it should you will see the following page:

Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 1

If you see a box asking for a username and password then you are on the right page.

  • The Default Actiontec MI424WR Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Actiontec MI424WR Router Password is: password

Simply enter the correct username and password for your Actiontec MI424WR router and click the Login button.

Problems with the Actiontec Usernames and Passwords

There are a couple different reasons the above username and password did not work for your router. Here are three troubleshooting options you can try:

  1. If the username and password did not work we first recommend trying other default Actiontec options. You can find our list on the Default Actiontec Router Passwords page.
  2. If you are still unable to login, we recommend trying to crack it. To make things less time consuming we have a great app called the Find Password App that automates the process for you. (Note: To prevent illegal activity, this app does not work over the Internet.)
  3. This third option should only be considered if you have already tried and failed both of the above options. If you have no other option, you may need to consider a router reset. A factory reset like this erases all personal settings, including any ISP settings you may have on your router. If a reset is something you think you need to do, check out our How to Reset a Router guide.
Step 3

It is time to find the port forwarding section of your Actiontec MI424WR router. To do that, follow these steps:

Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 2
  • Click the Security option at the top of the page.
Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 3
  • Then click the Port Forwarding link on the left side of the page.
Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 4
  • Now click the red Add link in the middle of the page.
Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 5
  • You should now see another link in roughly the same place. Click the red Add Server Ports option.
Actiontec MI-424-WR Screenshot 7
Step 4

If you see a page like the one shown above, you are in the right place. In order to show you exactly how to configure the Actiontec MI424WR router you need to answer the following 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(Note: The IP address above needs to match the Static IP Address you setup in Step 1)

Welcome to our router simulator. This next section shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on how you chose above. Currently we are showing you want to forward ports for XBox Live. Simply fill out the boxes in the router as you see them below:

Once you are finished with the port forwarding you need to click the OK button.

You should now see a Networked Computer/Device list. Select Specify Address from that list.

Now enter the IP Address you plan on forwarding these ports to. (This is that Static IP Address from step 1)

Next, leave the WAN Connection Type set to All Broadband Devices.

Leave the Forward Port set to Same as Incoming Port.

The When should this rule occur needs to remain set to Always.

Finally, click the OK button.

Congratulations, you did it.

Checking if Your Ports Are Open

Now that you have forwarded the ports on the Actiontec MI424WR router you need to test them to see if they forwarded correctly.

To test if the ports forwarded properly we recommend using our FREE Open Port Checker. It is part of our Network Utilities. This particular Open Port Checker is not only FREE but it has Guaranteed Results.

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