The Huawei EchoLife HG8247H 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 Huawei EchoLife HG8247H 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 Huawei EchoLife HG8247H 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.
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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.
- Recommended - Our free Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
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.
TIP: I recommend writing down the static IP address you just created. You need this address in Step 4.
In order to login to the Huawei EchoLife HG8247H 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 Huawei EchoLife HG8247H IP Address is: 192.168.100.1 After you enter the router's IP address, click the Enter key. This should give you a login page like this:
If a login screen did not appear after you entered the router's IP address in the address bar, you need to find out what the router's IP address has been changed to. I recommend following the directions on the How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
Go ahead and enter the router's login Account login and password.
- The Default Huawei EchoLife HG8247H Router Username is: admin
- The Default Huawei EchoLife HG8247H Router Password is: password
Press the Login button to gain access to the router's interface program.
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 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.
It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router web interface. To help you accomplish this we begin on the Device Information page.
First, you need to click the option of Forward Rules.
Now click Port Mapping Configuration in the left sidebar.
You should now see a page like the one shown above. Click the option in the center section of the page labeled New.
Once on the page you see above, click the option in the lower left corner labeled Add.
You should now see the page above. This is the correct page to be on to make a port forward entry.
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:
- Browsing our List of Games
- Check out our our List of Games by Genre
- See our List of all Applications
Put a dot into the User-defined radio button.
Enable the Enable Port Mapping checkbox by putting a check in it.
You need to name this entry in the Mapping Name box. The name does not make any difference in the forward; it's just there so that you can remember later why you setup this forward.
In the WAN Name dropdown box select an available connection.
You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Internal Host box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.
You can leave the External Source IP Address box blank.
In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.
If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into both of the External port number and both of the Internal port number boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the left hand External port number and Internal port number boxes. Then enter the highest number of that range into the right hand External port number and Internal port number boxes.
The External source port number box cab be left blank.
When you are finished, don't forget to click the Apply button in the lower right corner of the page to save your port forward entry.
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.
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