Simple D-Link DIR-809 Router Open Port Guide

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September 11, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Your D-Link DIR-809 router contains a firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet activity. The firewall works by blocking all connections to and from the Internet that are not authorized. Some online games and programs will run much smoother if additional connections are opened. In order to open additional connections, you need to create a port forward.

In this guide I will show you how to port forward on the D-Link DIR-809 router. These steps include how to:

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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.

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.

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Step 2

It is now time to login to the D-Link DIR-809 router. In order to do this you must open a web browser. It usually doesn't matter which browser you decide to open, simply pick the one you are most comfortable with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.

Once you have opened the web browser, find the address bar. It is normally at the top of the page like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

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 DIR-809 router IP address is:

After you enter the router's IP address, click the Enter key. This should give you a login page like this:

D-Link DIR-809 Login
Screenshot of D-Link DIR-809 Login.

If a login screen did not appear after you entered the router's IP address in the address bar, you need to find out what the router's IP address has been changed to. I recommend following the directions on the How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

Now press the Login button to access the D-Link DIR-809 router interface.

Having Trouble?

This is a pretty common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, don't panic, there are a few things you can try:

  • First, check all the different D-Link default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default D-Link Router Passwords.
  • Second, try and guess what the password/username was changed to. Use our Find Password App to make this step easier.
  • Finally, if you still are stuck after trying both of the above options, it may be time to consider a factory reset. Learn more about this option on the How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To help you with this step, we begin on the Setup page of the D-Link DIR-809 router.

D-Link DIR-809 Internet
Screenshot of D-Link DIR-809 Internet.

Begin by clicking the option of ADVANCED at the top of the page.

D-Link DIR-809 Virtual Server
Screenshot of D-Link DIR-809 Virtual Server.

This takes you to the page you see above. Select the option in the left sidebar labeled Port Forwarding.

D-Link DIR-809 Port Forwarding
Screenshot of D-Link DIR-809 Port Forwarding.

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

Step 4

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:

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This router has two different sections that allow you to forward ports. One section allows you to forward a range of ports, and the other allows you to forward a single port. To forward a range of ports, click Port Forwarding. To forward a single port, click Virtual Server.

Forwarding a Port Range

Put a checkmark in the Enable checkbox.

Put a name for this forward in the Name box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.

Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the IP Address box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the left hand Public Port and Private Port boxes. Then enter the highest number of that range into the right hand Public Port and Private Port boxes.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into both of the Public Port and both of the Private Port boxes.

From the Traffic Type dropdown box choose Any.

Forwarding a Single Port

Make sure that the Enable checkbox is checked.

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 to forward these ports to into the IP Address box. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box.

Enter the same port number to be forwarded into the Public Port and the Private Port boxes.

From the Traffic Type dropdown box choose Any.

When you are finished be sure to click the SAVE SETTINGS button at the top of the page.

Test Your Ports

Are your the ports you just forwarded really open? An easy way to find out is use our free Open Port Checker. It uses a local application to see if the ports are open or not. This guarantees our port checkers accuracy.

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