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Open Port Guides for Huawei E5172

Your Huawei E5172 router has a pretty basic firewall in place that helps to protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. This firewall blocks incoming connections from the Internet. This is normally a good thing, but sometimes you need some of these connections opened in order to play a game or run an application. The process of opening a port is more frequently called a port forward.

In this guide, we will show you exactly how to port forward the Huawei E5172 router. We will walk you through each of the steps involved.

We will show you how to:

  1. Setup a static IP address on the exact device you want your ports forwarded to.
  2. Login to your Huawei E5172 router.
  3. Find the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Security link.
    • Click on Port Forwarding.
    • Click the Add Item button.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

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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.

Step 2

Now it is time to login to the Huawei E5172 router. This router has a web interface, so you need to login using a web browser. It does not matter what browser you decide to use, simply pick your favorite. Here are some common web browser options:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox

Go ahead and open up the web browser and find the address bar. The address bar is normally at the top of the page like this:

Huawei E5172 address-bar-circled

Do you see the address bar in the image above? We have circled it for you. Just replace what is in this bar with the IP address of the Huawei E5172 router, which is also sometimes called the gateway.

The default IP address for the Huawei E5172 router is:

If you have changed your router's IP address and don't remember what it is, read this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

Once you have finished entering the IP address in the address bar click the Enter key. If all goes well, you will see the following screen:

Huawei E5172 Screenshot 1

You are in the right place if you see a page similar to the one above.

  • By default the Huawei E5172 router username is: admin
  • By default the Huawei E5172 router password is: admin

Enter your username and password, and then click the login or Register button to log in to your Huawei E5172 router.

Huawei Username/Password Trouble?

This is a common place for people to get stuck. Here are a few troubleshooting ideas:

  • First, we recommend trying other Huawei passwords. There are not a lot of different password combinations. Here is our list of the Default Huawei Router Passwords.
  • If that did not work, it is probably because you changed the password in the past and have forgotten. Try cracking it yourself or use our Find Password App. It automates the long process of trying thousands of different combos. Learn more about it on our Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally, if nothing else works, you may need to consider a reset. A reset like this one erases every single setting you have ever changed. We strongly recommend trying other methods of troubleshooting first. Learn more in our How to Reset a Router guide.
Step 3

Now you need to find the port forwarding section of the router. To do that we start on the Home/Overview page of the device:

Huawei E5172 Screenshot 2

First, click the Security option at the top of the page.

Now, look to the left, choose the option of Port Forwarding in the left sidebar.

Huawei E5172 Screenshot 3

Now click the blue Add Item button in the lower right section of the page.

Huawei E5172 Screenshot 4
Step 4

We can now add the data to your router to get your ports forwarded. To show you exactly how to do this we need a little information from you:

Application :
IP Address :

(The above IP Address needs to match the static IP address you setup in step 1)

This is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the information you gave us above. Right now we are showing the ports for XBox Live.

Simply fill out the boxes in your router exactly as you see them in the box or boxes below:

Make sure to click the Submit button after each entry is completed.

Test if Your Ports are Open

After a port forward is finished it is always a good idea to test the ports in order to see if they forwarded correctly. To do this we recommend using our Open Port Checker which is part of our Network Utilities free trial. Our Open Port Checker is the only one online with Guaranteed Results!

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