Easiest Way to Get an Open Port on the Huawei EchoLife HG520s Router

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September 13, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 4 minutes

The Huawei EchoLife HG520s routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. This firewall blocks incoming connections. For certain online gaming and applications you may need to open a port. 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.

In this guide I will walk you step-by-step through the port forwarding process on the Huawei EchoLife HG520s router. I will show you how to:

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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.

This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.

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Step 2

Now we are going to login to your Huawei EchoLife HG520s router. This router has a web interface, so you need to login using a web browser. This can be 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:

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 router and type in your router's IP address.

The default Huawei EchoLife HG520s IP Address is:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press the enter key. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

Huawei EchoLife-HG520s
Screenshot of Huawei EchoLife-HG520s.

You should see a box prompting you for a username and password. If you do not, you need to find out what the router's IP address was changed to. I recommend following the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Huawei EchoLife HG520s router.

Having Trouble?

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, I recommend checking all the different Huawei default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default Huawei 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.

Step 3

You should now be logged into the Huawei EchoLife HG520s router. It is time to find the port forwarding section of the router interface. To help you do this we begin on the System Information page.

Huawei EchoLife-HG520s
Screenshot of Huawei EchoLife-HG520s.

First, click the Basic link in the left sidebar of the page.

Then select NAT from the new menu.

Huawei EchoLife-HG520s
Screenshot of Huawei EchoLife-HG520s.

You should now see a page like the one seen above. Select the option of Virtual Server in the center of the page.

Huawei EchoLife-HG520s port forward
Screenshot of Huawei EchoLife-HG520s port forward.

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:

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Enter the name of the program into the Application box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded is be a good idea.

Select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding from the Protocol box.

If you are only forwarding a single port then you can enter that same port number into the Start Port Number, End Port Number, Start Port (Local) and End Port (Local) boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports then you need to enter the lowest number of the range into the Start Port Number and Start Port (Local) boxes and the highest number of the range into the End Port Number and End Port (Local) boxes.

Enter the IP address to forward these ports to into the Local IP Address box. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box.

When you are done click the Submit button.

Don't forget to click the Submit button when you are finished.

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 Huawei EchoLife HG520s 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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