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Opening a Port on the D-Link DSL-2730U

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:

  • setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
  • login to the D-Link DSL-2730U router web interface.
  • find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
  • setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.

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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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.

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:

D-Link DSL-2730U address-bar-circled

In the picture above the address bar has in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your D-Link DSL-2730U router. Your router's ip address can also be referred to as your computer's default gateway.

The default IP address for the D-Link DSL-2730U router is:

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 1

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

  • The Default D-Link DSL-2730U Router Username is: admin
  • The Default D-Link DSL-2730U Router Password is: admin

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 2

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 3

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

Dlink DSL-2730U Screenshot 4
Step 4

Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP address box above should contain the Static IP address you created in Step 1)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:

And that is it! You are done!

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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