Network Utilities

How to Port Forward a Linksys Router

Setting up a port forward on a Linksys router is usually very easy. Linksys router's have a consistent and easy to use interface that makes setting up a port forward straightforward.

Step 1 - Login to your router

You need to find your router's IP address. The fastest way to do this is to use the command prompt. Open up a command prompt windows and type ipconfig and press enter. It should look like this:

cmd-ipconfig

Now scroll up or down until you find an entry that has Default Gateway. This is your router's IP address.

default-gateway-router

Open up Chrome or Firefox and type the Default Gateway number in the address bar and press enter.

router-ip-in-browser

This should take you to your linksys login screen.

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Step 2 - Find the Port Forwarding Section

In most modern linksys router's the port forwarding section is under the Security tab, located on the left of your screen.

linksys-security-apps-port-range

To get to the port forwarding section:

  1. Find the Security tab located near the left-bottom of the screen and click it.
  2. Click the Apps and Gaming tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the Port Range Forwarding link at the middle of the screen.
  4. Find the Add a new Port Range Forwarding button at the left of the screen and click on it.

You should see the following screen.

linksys-port-forwarding-page

Step 3 - Create a Port Forwarding Entry

In the example screenshot we are creating a forward for Xbox Live, which uses port 3074.

linksys-port-forward-xbox

Other applications require different ports. You can find an extensive list of ports on our Port Forwarding Ports List page.

All Linksys Routers

We have custom articles for every linksys router below. If the instructions above do not exactly match your router then you can try the following articles instead.