Fastest D-Link DSL-2500E Router Port Forwarding Guide

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Dlink DSL-2500E routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain 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.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your D-Link DSL-2500E router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Advanced link.
    • Click on Port Forwarding.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Dlink DSL-2500E router.

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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.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your Dlink DSL-2500E router. Your router has a web interface, so you will 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 choose to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something 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 DSL-2500E 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:

Dlink DSL-2500E Login
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2500E Login.

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

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Dlink DSL-2500E router.

Dlink Usernames and Passwords

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

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Dlink DSL-2500E router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Dlink DSL-2500E router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:

Dlink DSL-2500E Device Info
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2500E Device Info.

Click the Advanced link near the top of the page.

Dlink DSL-2500E Access Control List
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2500E Access Control List.

The menu on the left should change. In this new menu, click Port Forwarding.

Dlink DSL-2500E Port Forwarding
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2500E Port Forwarding.

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:

Put a dot into the User-defined Service Name radio button.

Enter the name of the program into the User-defined Service Name box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded is be a good idea.

In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.

Enter the port to forward into the WAN Port and the LAN Open Port boxes.

Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the LAN IP Address box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.

When you are all done click the Add button.

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 Dlink DSL-2500E 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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