Your **D-Link AirPlus DI-524 ** router has a firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. The router's firewall does this by blocking all incoming and outgoing connections unless they have been deemed safe. In order to open some of these connections for an online game or application you need to create what is normally called a port forward. A port forward is a rule you give your firewall that allows the specified connections through to a specific device without being stopped.
In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps in order to get your ports forwarded. These steps include:
- How to setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- How to login to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router.
- How to navigate to the port forwarding section.
- How to create a port forward entry.
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.
NOTE: We recommend writing this static IP address down. You will need it a little later in Step 4.
It is now time to login to the **D-Link AirPlus DI-524 ** router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. You are using a web browser right now to look at this page on portforward.com. Maybe you are using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. Simply use a web browser you are comfortable with. It usually doesn't matter which browser you decide to use to access the router's interface.
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 D-Link AirPlus DI-524 IP Address is: 192.168.0.1 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 D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Router Username is: admin
- The Default D-Link AirPlus DI-524 Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router.
Are You Having Trouble?
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default D-Link Router Passwords page for a full list of the D-Link password possibilities. Your router could have a different username and password if you have a different firmware version.
If the D-Link list did not work, there is a good chance the username and /or password were changed in the past and you don't remember what they were changed to. Try guessing what you changed it to. Need help? Check out our Find Password App.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router 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. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED unless you have exhausted all other troubleshooting options.
By now you should be logged in and looking at a screen very similar to the one shown below. It is time to find the port forwarding page of the D-Link AirPlus DI-524 router.
First, you want to click the tab at the top of the page labeled Advanced.
This changes the options in the left sidebar. Click the option in this sidebar labeled Virtual Server.
You should now be on the screen you see above. This is the port forwarding page.
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:
Enable the Enabled radio button.
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Private IP box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.
From the Protocol Type box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.
Enter the same port number to be forwarded into the Private Port and the Public Port boxes.
Put a dot into the Always radio button.
Click the Apply button when you are all done.
Most people will never need to use this, but I'm going to explain why they have Private Port and Public Port here.
The Private Port and Public Port entries are actually rather useful. They are there so you can direct traffic at two devices on your network.
Let's say that you have two devices running Ftp servers on your network. Let's call these devices device one(192.168.0.1) and device two(192.168.0.1).
Let's also say both these ftp servers are running on port 21. Okay we setup your router to forward port 21 to device one(192.168.0.1:21).
So every external IP address request from ftp goes to device one. How do we get to the second device? Well the Private Port and Public Port entries allow us to specify another outside port to connect to our internal port 21. Lets make the additional port, port 30. We would now setup a rule in the router with the Public Port set to 30 and the Private port set to 21. The IP address in that rule would be 192.168.0.1. So when you wanted to ftp to device two you would specify port 30 in your ftp client.
The router would see these requests coming in on port 30 and forward them to (192.168.0.1:21). This would allow you to ftp to both devices.
When you are finished, click the green Apply button to save your settings.
Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.
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.
If you are having difficulty forwarding ports please use our Port Forward Software. Our software does all the work for you making forwarding the right ports easy.
We have more than just port forwarding guides, check out our full list of guides here.
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