Your Cisco Linksys E3200 router has a basic firewall that helps protect your local network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall works by blocking incoming connections, some of which you may want unblocked for online games and applications. To unblock these needed connections you need to create what is called a a port forward.
Here on this page I will show you how to make a port forward on the Cisco Linksys E3200 router. The steps we will be covering here are:
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TIP: Write this static IP address down for later.
Now we can login to the Cisco Linksys E3200 router. Since your router uses a web interface you need to login using a web browser. Normally it doesn't matter which browser you decide to use, simply pick your favorite such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:
In the image above, I have circled the address bar for you. It has 192.168.1.1 in it. All you need to do is replace what is in the address bar with your router's IP address (also called the computer's default gateway).
The default Cisco Linksys E3200 router 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:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. If a login screen does not appear, you need to find out what the IP address of your router has been changed to. Follow our directions on the How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Cisco Linksys E3200 router.
Don't panic if you find yourself here. There are several things you can try.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the Basic Setup page in your router:
First, select the option of Applications & Gaming at the top of the page.
Then below that a new menu appears. This router has a couple different options you can use to port forward. If you are forwarding only one port or multiple but not in a range such as 22,56, and 3740 click the option of Single Port Forwarding. If you are forwarding a group of ports such as 22-64 then click the option of Port Range Forwarding.
The screenshot below is of the Single Port Forwarding option:
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:
(Be sure the IP address box above contains the static IP address you created in Step 1)
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 Save Settings at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Cisco Linksys E3200 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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