Fastest Asus RT-AC52U Router Port Forwarding

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March 20, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

Your Asus RT-AC52U router has a firewall to help protect your local network from unwanted Internet access. Firewalls protect your home network by blocking all incoming and outgoing connections that are not deemed safe. When playing an online game or using an online program some of the needed connections for that application may be blocked. In order to unblock these connections you need to create a port forward.

In this guide I will walk you through each of the following steps:

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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.

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.

Step 2

It is now time to login to the Asus RT-AC52U router interface. Your router, along with most others, use a web interface which means you need to open the router settings using a web browser. It does not matter which browser you decide to use, I recommend using one you are familiar with. Some of the more common browsers are Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.

Open up the web browser of your choice and find the address bar. Your address bar is normally going to be at the top of the page like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

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 Asus RT-AC52U IP Address is: 192.168.1.1

Once you have entered the router's IP address into the address bar, click the Enter key on your keyboard. If you entered the correct IP address you are given a login window like this:

Asus RT-AC52U Login
Screenshot of Asus RT-AC52U Login.

To go to your router setup pages you need to provide authorization. Simply enter the router's username and password and press the blue Sign in button.

NOTE: The router username and password are NOT the same thing as the WiFi username(SSID) and password.

Username & Password Trouble?

Are you having trouble logging in? Don't worry, there are a few things you can try:

  • Try other Asus usernames and passwords. If you have a different firmware version then you may also have a different username and password. Here is our list of Default Asus Router Passwords.
  • If that did not work, it is because you changed the username and/or password. You are probably the best person to try and guess what you changed the password to. Go ahead and try to figure out what you changed it to. Not working? Use our Find Password App to help you out. This application will guess thousands of different combinations for you and let you know when it has figured it out. Learn more about this handy application on our Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally, if that did not work, it might be time to consider a factory reset. This should be a LAST RESORT. Do not do this unless you have exhausted your other troubleshooting options. A factory reset is going to erase all your personal settings in the past. If you need to perform a factory reset check out this How to Reset a Router guide for the basics of resetting a router.

Step 3

In this third step I will show you how to navigate to the port forwarding section of the Asus RT-AC52U router. I begin on the Network Map page:

Asus RT-AC52U Network Map
Screenshot of Asus RT-AC52U Network Map.

In the left sidebar, click the option of WAN.

Asus RT-AC52U Internet Connection
Screenshot of Asus RT-AC52U Internet Connection.

This opens up some new options at the top of the page, pick the tab labeled Virtual Server/Port Forwarding.

Asus RT-AC52U Virtual Server Port Forwarding
Screenshot of Asus RT-AC52U Virtual Server Port Forwarding.

On this page, make sure you mark Yes for the Enable Port Forwarding.

Step 4

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:

You need to name this entry in the Service Name box. The name does not make any difference in the forward; it's just there so that you can remember later why you setup this forward.

Put the ports to forward into the Port Range box.

You can enter the ports as a list separated by commas, a range separated by hyphens, or a combination of both.

Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the Local IP box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

Click the + button when you are finished.

When you are finished adding the ports you want forwarded, don't forget to save your changes.

Are Your Ports Forwarded?

You have done everything I recommended to open your ports but how do you really know the ports opened correctly. I recommend using our Open Port Checker. It is a great way to check and see if you opened the port or not. There are a lot of port checkers on the Internet but ours is guaranteed to be accurate.

What Else?

If you are still having problems getting your ports to forward, use our Port Forwarding Software. Here at portforward.com we believe port forwarding should be easy and we want to help. With our software we will help you troubleshoot and fix your port forward issues.

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