Simple Instructions to Help Setup a Port Forward on the D-Link DSL-2730U Router

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October 05, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

This D-Link DSL-2730U router has firewall that helps protect your home network from Internet access. The firewall does this by blocking incoming connections from the Internet that you may need to play online games or run online applications. To open these connections or ports you need to create what is called a port forward.

In this guide I will be showing you how to port forward on the D-Link DSL-2730U 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.

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

Write this static IP address down, you will need it later.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your D-Link DSL-2730U 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-2730U 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-2730U
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2730U.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. Don't see a login box? Find out what your router's IP address is using this guide: How To Find Your Router's IP Address

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your D-Link DSL-2730U router.

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

Now let's find the port forwarding page. We begin on the Device Info page:

Dlink DSL-2730U
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2730U.

Begin by clicking the Advanced Setup option in the left sidebar.

You will now see a new menu. Select the new option of NAT.

Finally a new menu will appear again. Select Virtual Servers from there.

Dlink DSL-2730U
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2730U.

Click the Add button in the center section of the page.

Dlink DSL-2730U port forward
Screenshot of Dlink DSL-2730U 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:

Put a dot into the Custom Service radio button.

Enter the name of the program into the Custom Service 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.

Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to into the Server IP Address box. Note that 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 instead.

If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of the range into the External Port Start and Internal Port Start boxes. Then enter the highest number of the range into the External Port End and Internal Port End boxes. If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the External Port Start, External Port End, Internal Port Start and Internal Port End boxes.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

Click the Apply/Save button when you are done.

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 DSL-2730U 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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