Forwarding Ports in a Asus WL-500W Router

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Asus WL-500W 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 Asus WL-500W router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the NAT Setting link.
    • Click on Virtual Server.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Asus WL-500W 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.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your Asus WL-500W 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:

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 WL-500W 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:

Asus WL-500W
Screenshot of Asus WL-500W.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Asus WL-500W router.

Asus Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default Asus Router Passwords page.

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Asus WL-500W router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Asus WL-500W router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

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:

Asus WL-500W
Screenshot of Asus WL-500W.

Click the NAT Setting link near the left of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Virtual Server.

Asus WL-500W port forward
Screenshot of Asus WL-500W port forward.

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:

Be sure that there is a dot in the Yes radio button.

Pick User Defined from the Well-Known Applications dropdown box.

Put the port to forward into the Port Range and Local Port box.

In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.

Make up a name to put in the Description box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward, it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

When you are finished, click the Add button.

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

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Asus WL-500W 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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