BT WirelessNetwork1250 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:
- Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- Login to your BT Wireless Network 1250 router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Click the Firewall button.
- Click the Firewall Settings button.
- Use the Select a computer to select the device to forward ports to.
- Click the Add a new user-defined application radio button.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your BT WirelessNetwork1250 router.
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 Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.
Now we are going to login to your BT WirelessNetwork1250 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:
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 BT Wireless Network 1250 IP Address is: 172.16.0.1
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.
- The Default BT Wireless Network 1250 Router Username is: blank
- The Default BT Wireless Network 1250 Router Password is: blank
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your BT WirelessNetwork1250 router.
BT Usernames and Passwords
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default BT Router Passwords page.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your BT WirelessNetwork1250 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your BT WirelessNetwork1250 router back to its factory settings.
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:
Click the Firewall button.
Click the Firewall Settings button.
Use the Select a computer box to choose a device to forward ports to. This box contains a list of device names that are visible on your network.
Put a dot into the Add a new user-defined application radio button.
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:
Make up a name to put in the Application Name 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.
Select the protocol type using the Protocol radio button. If you need both TCP and UDP then create a duplicate configuration.
The first configuration needs to have TCP selected while the second one has UDP selected.
If you are just forwarding a single port number then you can simply enter that same number into both the Port (or Range) From and the Port (or Range) To boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, usually separated by a hyphen, then you need to enter the lowest number of that range into the Port (or Range) From box and then enter highest number into the Port (or Range) To box.
Use the Protocol Timeout (seconds) box you need to enter a protocol timeout. Unless you have a reason to use different numbers then you should use the default protocol timeouts: 86400 for TCP and 600 for UDP.
You can leave the Map to Host Port box empty.
You can leave Application Type set to None.
Click the Add Definition button.
Click the Back button.
Select the applications you just created in the Applications list, then click the Add button to move them to the Hosted Applications box.
When you are finished, click the Done button at the bottom of your screen.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the BT WirelessNetwork1250 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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