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How to open a port on the Apple AirPort Extreme

Apple AirPortExtreme 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:

  1. Setup a static ip address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your Apple AirPort Extreme router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Applications button.
    • Click the Utilities button.
    • Click the AirPort Admin Utility button.
    • Select Apple Base Station from Select Base Station.
    • Click the Port Mapping button.
    • Click the Add button.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Apple AirPortExtreme router.

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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

Now we are going to login to your Apple AirPortExtreme 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:

In the picture above the address bar has in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your Apple AirPortExtreme router. Your router's ip address can also be refered to as your computer's default gateway.

By default the IP address is set to:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 0

Open up the finder on your Mac.

Click the Applications button near the left of the page.

Click the Utilities button near the right of the page.

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 1

Click the AirPort Admin Utility button near the right of the page.

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 2

Select Apple Base Station from the Select Base Station list.

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 3

Click the Port Mapping button near the top of the page.

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 4

Click the Add button near the right of the page.

Apple AirPortExtreme Screenshot 5
Step 4

Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP Address to forward to should be the same "static ip address" that you setup above)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:

When you're finished, click Update near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Apple AirPortExtreme 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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