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How to Open Ports in a D-Link DSL-500G Router

Dlink DSL-500G 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-500G router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Services button.
    • Click on NAT.
    • Select NAT Rule Entry in the drop down.
    • 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-500G 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.

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

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-500G 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:


10.1.1.1

In the picture above the address bar has 10.1.1.1 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your Dlink DSL-500G router. Your router's IP address can also be refered to as your computer's default gateway.

By default the IP address is set to: 10.1.1.1

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-500G

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

  • The Default D-Link DSL-500G Router Username is: admin
  • The Default D-Link DSL-500G Router Password is: admin

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Dlink DSL-500G 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-500G router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Dlink DSL-500G 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-500G

Click the Services button near the left of the page.

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

Dlink DSL-500G

Select NAT Rule Entry from the NAT Options drop down box.

Dlink DSL-500G

Click the Add button near the bottom of the page.

Dlink DSL-500G

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:

In the Rule Flavor dropdown box choose RDR.

Put a number that has not yet been in the Rule ID box.

You can leave IF Name set to ALL.

Select the required protocol for these ports from the Protocol dropdown box.

Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Local Address From and Local Address To box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Try entering 10.1.1.1 into the Global Address From and Global Address To box. The numbers 10.1.1.1 stand for any assigned IP address. When you enter that number it means whatever external IP address has been assigned to my router. If that does not work you have to enter your external IP address manually. This may be a problem because your external IP address can change. When it changes these ports will not be forwarded properly.

You can leave Destination Port From, Destination Port To and Local Port set to Any other port.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Destination Port From, Local Port and the Destination Port To boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Destination Port From, Local Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the Destination Port To box.

Click the Submit button when you are done.

Click the Admin link near the left of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Commit and Reboot.

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-500G 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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