Easiest Way to Forward Ports on the D-Link DSL-2524B Router

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

Dlink DSL-2524B 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-2524B router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Advanced Setup link.
    • Click on NAT.
    • Click the Add button.
  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-2524B 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.

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

Now we are going to login to your Dlink DSL-2524B 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:

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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-2524B 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-2524B
Dlink DSL-2524B.

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-2524B 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-2524B router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Dlink DSL-2524B 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-2524B
Dlink DSL-2524B.

Click the Advanced Setup link near the left side of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click NAT.

Dlink DSL-2524B
Dlink DSL-2524B.

Click the Add button near the center of the page.

Dlink DSL-2524B port forward
Dlink DSL-2524B port forward.

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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Enable the Custom Server radio button.

Make up a name to put in the Custom Server box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward, it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Server IP Address box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

If you are forwarding a range of ports then you need to enter the lowest number of the range into the External Port Start and Internal Port Start boxes and the highest number of the range into the External Port End and Internal Port End boxes. If you are only forwarding a single port then you can enter that same port number into the External Port Start, External Port End, Internal Port Start and Internal Port End boxes.

The protocol that you want to forward is selected from the Protocol box.

Put 192.168.1.1 into the Remote IP box.

When you're finished, click Save/Apply near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Dlink DSL-2524B 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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