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D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Open Port Guide

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The D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router includes a basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted access from the Internet. Since the router's firewall blocks incoming connections you may need to open a port through it for certain online 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.

We will walk you through each and every step in the process of opening your ports. This includes:

  1. Setting up a static IP address on the computer or device you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Login to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
  4. 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

Now we are going to login to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router. Your router has a web interface, so you 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 decide to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:

D-Link AirPlus DI-524 address-bar-circled

In the picture above the address bar has in it. Simply replace what is in this bar with the IP address of your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router. Your router's ip address can also be referred to as your computer's default gateway or even the router's GUI address.

By default the IP address is set to:

If the above IP address did not work or you changed the router's IP address in the past and you don't remember what you changed it to, please follow the directions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

Dlink DI-524 Screenshot 1

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

  • The Default D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Router Username is: admin
  • There is NO Default D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Router Password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524

D-Link Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default D-link Router Passwords page and try other D-Link passwords and usernames.

Another option is to try and guess what the password was changed to. If you need help with this step, check out our Find Password App. It automates the guessing process for you.

If you still can't login to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router because you forgot your username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router back to its factory settings. We do not recommend this option unless you have exhausted your other options first.

Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. To do that, we start from the first page of your router:

Dlink DI-524 Screenshot 2

First, click the Advanced option at the top of the page.

There are now a different set of options in the left sidebar. Click Virtual Server.

Dlink DI-524 Screenshot 3

You are now on the correct page to make a port forward.

Step 4

You should now be ready to enter some data into your router. To show you how to do this we need you to answer two questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(Remember the static IP address you created in Step 1? Enter that address into the IP address box above.)

This next section is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the choices you made above. Right now we are showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, simply enter the information you see below into the corresponding boxes in your router.

When you are done, click the green Apply button to save your changes.

And that is it! You are done!

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the D-Link AirPlus DI-524 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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