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Learn How to Open a Port on the Cisco Linksys E1000

In this guide we show you how to port forward on the Cisco Linksys E1000 router. This router has a firewall that protects your home network from unwanted Internet access. This firewall blocks connections you may want opened for a game or application. The process of opening one of these blocked ports is typically called a port forward since you are forwarding a port from the Internet directly to a device on your network.

We will walk you through each of the steps involved in forwarding a port for your Cisco Linksys E1000 router.

We will show you how to:

  1. Setup a static IP address on whatever device or game console you want to forward these ports to.
  2. Login to your Cisco Linksys E1000 router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Applications & Gaming link.
    • Click the Port Range Forwarding or the Single Port Forwarding button to forward ports.
  4. Enter the appropriate data to create a port forward entry.

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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

It is now time to login to the Cisco Linksys E1000 router. To do this you need to open up your favorite web browser because this Cisco Linksys E1000 router uses a web interface to make setting changes.

Some common web browsers are:

  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Edge

After you have opened up a web browser, find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page.

Do you see the address bar in the image above? It has in it. All you need to do is replace what is in this space with the IP address of the Cisco Linksys E1000 router. The router's default IP address is also sometimes called the router's default gateway.

If you have changed the router's IP address and don't remember what you changed it to, follow our How To Find Your Router's IP Address guide to learn how to locate it.

The default Cisco Linksys E1000 IP address is:

After entering the router's IP address, hit the Enter key and you should see the following image:

Cisco Linksys-E1000 Screenshot 1

You are in the right place if you see a box asking for a username and password.

  • The Default Cisco Linksys E1000 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Cisco Linksys E1000 Router Password is: admin

After entering the username and password click the OK button to access the Cisco Linksys E1000 router interface pages.

Having Trouble?

If you having trouble at this point there are several things you can try:

  • First, why not give other Default Cisco Router Passwords a try. Every once in a while a firmware upgrade changes the username and password so a different Cisco password could work.

  • If that did not work it is probably because you changed the password in the past and don't remember what you changed it to. Have you tried guessing what you would of changed it to? We have a great Find Password App that automates the process of trying thousands of different combos for you. Go ahead and give it a try. Learn more about it on this Router Password Cracker page.

  • If you are still stuck after trying both of the previous troubleshooting options, you may need to consider a router reset. A reset like this is not recommended unless you have tried other options first. A reset like this one erases all settings and returns them to factory defaults. Learn how to reset the Cisco Linksys E1000 on our How to reset the Cisco Linksys E1000 router. Please be sure to read the warnings at the top of the page.
Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To do that let us start on the Basic Setup page of the Cisco Linksys E1000 router.

Cisco Linksys-E1000 Screenshot 2

First, click the Applications & Gaming link at the top of the page.

Cisco Linksys-E1000 Screenshot 3

This particular router has two different sections to forward ports. The first section allows you to forward a single port and the other allows you to forward a range of ports. If you are forwarding a single port, click the option of Single Port Forwarding at the top of the page in blue. If you are forwarding a range of ports, click the option at the top of the page labeled Port Range Forwarding.

Step 4

You are now ready to enter some data into your router. We want to show you exactly how to configure your router. In order to do this we need to know a little more information:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP address above needs to match the static IP address you setup in Step 1)

Below is our router simulator. This shows you exactly what to enter in your router based on what information you gave us above. According to the above information you want to forward ports for XBox Live. If this is accurate, simply fill in the boxes in your router as you see them below.

Once you have finished, click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.

Test Your Ports

Finally, it is a very good idea to check to see if the ports were forwarded correctly. In order to help you with this we have an Open Port Checker you can use in our Network Utilities free trial version. This port checker uses a local application to see if the ports are working, making this port checker guaranteed to work.

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Port Range Forwarding      
Application Name  
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Single Port Forwarding      
Application Name  
External Port Internal Port Protocol To IP Address Enabled