Most routers including the D-Link DSL-500 router have a basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. A firewall does this by blocking incoming and outgoing connections unless otherwise specified. Some online games and programs run much smoother if additional connections are open for the application. To do this you need to create what is frequently called a port forward.
In this guide you will be shown exactly how to find and enter the port forwarding information for the D-Link DSL-500 router. The steps we will cover are:
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TIP: Write this new static IP address down. You need it a little later in this guide.
It is time to login to the D-Link DSL-500 router. This router along with most, use a web interface. This means you need to use a web browser to access the router setup pages.
Go ahead and pick the web browser you are the most familiar with. Some common options are Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Internet Explorer. It typically does not matter which browser you decide to use.
Go ahead and up open up the chosen web browser. Then look for the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:
As you can see the address bar in the image above has 10.0.0.1 in it. All you need to do is replace what is in the address bar with the D-Link DSL-500 IP address. The router's IP address can also be referred to as the computer's default gateway or the router's GUI address.
The default IP address for the D-Link DSL-500 router is: 192.168.0.1
Now that you have entered the router's IP address in the address bar, click the Enter key on your keyboard. If the correct IP address was entered in the address bar, you will see an authentication window or box.
If you don't see the screen above or a similar one, the wrong IP address was used. To find out what the router's IP address is currently, follow the directions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your D-Link DSL-500 router.
This is an extremely common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:
It is now time to login to the D-Link DSL-500 port forwarding section of the router. To do that, you start from the first page of the router:
First, you need to click the Port Redirection link in the left sidebar of the page.
Now, click the Add button towards the right side of the page.
You are now on the correct page of the router to begin port forwarding.
Now we are ready to enter the port forwarding data in your router. To help you figure out exactly what to enter we need you to answer two questions:
(Remember that Static IP address you created in Step 1? Enter that address in the IP address box above.)
This next section is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the choices you made above. Currently we are showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, simply fill in the boxes in the router as you see them below:
Click OK after each entry.
Then select the Save Changes link in the left sidebar.
When you see the page above, click the button labeled Save Configuration at the bottom of the page.
After the ports are forwarded on the D-Link DSL-500 router you need to test them to see if they forwarded properly.
In order to test if the ports forwarded properly, 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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