Fastest D-Link DWR-961 Router Port Forwarding Guide

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October 17, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

A D-Link DWR-961 router contains a basic firewall to help protect your home network. A Firewall blocks incoming connections by nature. Sometimes you need to unblock some of these connections so you can run a game or application. This is called opening a port or port forwarding. Port forwarding is literally forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.

To open ports in your D-Link DWR-961 router, follow the steps below:

  1. On the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to, you will need to set up a static IP address.
  2. Login to your D-Link DWR-961 router.
  3. Make your way to the Virtual Server section of the D-Link DWR-961 router.
    • Click on the NAT link at the left of the screen.
    • Find the Virtual Server link at the left of the screen and click on it.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

Opening ports in a router can be a difficult process the first few times. Don't get discouraged! We will walk you through all the steps to open a port in the D-Link DWR-961 router.

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Step 1

In order to ensure that your ports remain open in your device even after it reboots, it is important to set up a static IP address in your device.

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

Step 2

In order to login to the D-Link DWR-961 router you need to use a web browser. The D-Link DWR-961 router uses what is called a web interface where you can access and control router settings.

Go ahead and open up your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

If this step is confusing, we have simplified it for you with this link: Login to your DWR-961 Router

Find the address bar once you have opened up a web browser. This is usually located at the top of the page, like in the image below.

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 web browser and type in your router's IP address.

The D-Link DWR-961 router's default IP address is:

Once you have finished entering your router's IP address into the address bar, click the enter button on your keyboard. A box similar to the one below should appear.

This is the login page from your D-Link router.

Go ahead and enter the username and password for the D-Link DWR-961 router in the spaces available. Remember if you have changed them in the past, you need to enter those values.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your D-Link DWR-961 router.

D-Link Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work I recommend checking out our Default D-Link Router Passwords page.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't login you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. After resetting the D-Link DWR-961 router your username and password are reverted back to factory defaults.

Step 3

You should be on the home page of your D-Link DWR-961 router once you have successfully logged in. Find the Virtual Server section of your router.

This is the home page from your D-Link router.

Click the NAT link at the left of the screen.

Click the Virtual Server link, which is at the left of the screen.

You are now on the Virtual Server page.

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This is the port forwarding page from your D-Link router.

Step 4

Make sure that you must open a port in your router before doing so since this will allow data to come through the firewall portion of your router to a specific device. It is possible that this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. However, don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it because the risk is very low.

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:

Find the Add button located near the bottom of the screen and click on it.

Make up a name to put in the Rule Name 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.

Make sure that the box called Enable is checked.

Leave Interface blank.

Leave Public IP blank.

Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the Private IP box. It is possible to forward a port to the IP address of your computer or to the IP address of a specific device on your internal network.

Go ahead and enter the port number into the Public Port box to forward a single port. To forward a range of ports, enter the port range into the Public Port box.

In the Private Port box, enter the same values that you entered into the Public Port box.

Choose All from the Protocol Type drop-down box.

Choose Enabled from the Status drop-down list.

Remember to click the Save button at the bottom of the page to apply these changes when you are completely finished.

Test Your Ports To See If They Are Open

Use our Network Utilities software, (which includes a free Open Port Checker tool) to test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the D-Link DWR-961 router correctly. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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