The FRITZ BOX 7490 router has a firewall. This firewall protects your home network by blocking incoming and outgoing connections that are not authorized. Some online games or programs require additional connections to be opened so they can run smoothly. The process of opening additional ports is called a port forward.
In this guide I will walk you step-by-step through the port forwarding process on the FRITZ BOX 7490 router. I will show you how to:
- setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
- login to the FRITZ BOX 7490 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.
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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- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
Write this Static IP address down, you need it later.
In order to login to the FRITZ BOX 7490 router interface you need to open a web browser. It typically doesn't matter what browser you decide to use, I recommend picking the one you are most comfortable with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Once you have opened the web browser, find the address bar. If you don't know what this is, it is located at the top of the page like this:
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 FRITZ BOX 7490 IP Address is: 192.168.2.1
After you have entered the router's IP address into the address bar, click the Enter key. If everything goes as it should, you see a login screen similar to the one below:
Go ahead and enter the Username and password, but if you do not get the login screen something went wrong. Most likely the IP address is not correct. To find out what your IP address is, follow the directions on the How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
- The Default FRITZ BOX 7490 Router Username is: admin
- The Default FRITZ BOX 7490 Router Password is: password
Click the blue Log In button to access the router interface.
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 FRITZ BOX default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default FRITZ BOX 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.
It is now time to find the port forwarding section of your router. To help you with this step, we begin on the Overview page:
On this page, select the option in the left sidebar labeled Internet.
Then select the link titled Permit Access
You should now see a page like the one above.
Select the option in the center of the page labeled Add Device for Sharing.
On this screen you need to select the device from the drop down list that you are forwarding the ports to. This is the device that you gave the static IP address to in Step 1. If the device is not in the list, choose the option of Enter the IP address manually from the drop down list and enter the static IP address manually.
Now, select the button labeled New Sharing in the center section of the page.
You should now see a page like the one above. We can now go to 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:
Select the Port Sharing radio button.
Pick Other Application from the Application dropdown box.
Make up a name to put in the Application 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.
Select the required protocol for these ports from the Protocol dropdown box.
If you are forwarding a single port then you can enter that port number into the left Port to device and the right Port to device boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the left Port to device box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the right Port to device box.
Verify that you have the Enable Sharing checkbox checked.
When you are finished, click the OK button.
Don't forget to click the OK button at the bottom of the page.
Test Your Ports
Are your the ports you just forwarded really open? An easy way to find out is use our free Open Port Checker. It uses a local application to see if the ports are open or not. This guarantees our port checkers accuracy.
Check out our other guides here. We have a growing list of free gaming, networking, and software guides here at portforward.com.
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