Airlink 101 AR430W routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted access Internet access. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need to open a port through it for certain games and applications to work better. 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.
In this guide I will show you how to port forward a port on the Airlink 101 AR430W router. These steps include:
- How to setup a static IP address on the device you want to forward a port to.
- How to login to your Airlink 101 AR430W router.
- How to find the port forwarding section.
- How to create a port forward entry.
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 program will setup a static IP address for you. Download Network Utilities today!
- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
You need to enter this static IP address later in the port forwarding process. I recommend writing this address down.
In order to login to the Airlink 101 AR430W router interface you need to open a web browser. It typically doesn't matter what browser you decide to use, I recommend picking the one you are most comfortable with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Once you have opened the web browser, find the address bar. If you don't know what this is, it is located at the top of the page 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 Airlink 101 AR430W IP Address is: 192.168.1.1
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.
If a login screen did not appear after you entered the router's IP address in the address bar, you need to find out what the router's IP address has been changed to. I recommend following the directions on the How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
- The Default Airlink 101 AR430W Router Username is: admin
- The Default Airlink 101 AR430W Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Airlink 101 AR430W router.
Airlink 101 Usernames and Passwords
If the default values did not work, here is a full list of all the different known Default Airlink 101 Router Passwords. I recommend trying them before continuing.
If that did not work, use our Find Password App to help you guess what the username and password were changed to.
If you are still unable to login to the Airlink 101 AR430W router it may be time to consider a factory reset. If this is what you need to do, follow the directions on the How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Airlink 101 AR430W router back to its factory settings.
In this third step it is time to find the port forwarding section of the Airlink 101 AR430W router interface. To help you we begin on the Internet Setup page of your router:
Click the Applications & Gaming link near the top of the page.
The menu below that should change. In this new menu, click Port Range Forwarding.
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:
Enter the name of the program into the Application Name box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded is be a good idea.
If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Left Start - Port box and the highest number of that range into the Right Start - End box. If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Left Start - Port and the Right Start - End boxes.
Pick the protocol type using the Protocol checkboxes.
Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the To IP Address box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
Put a checkmark in the Enabled checkbox.
When you're finished, click Apply at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Airlink 101 AR430W 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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