Linksys BEFSX41 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. 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.
The basic process to open a port is:
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Linksys BEFSX41 router.
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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.
Now we are going to login to your Linksys BEFSX41 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either 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:
In the picture above the address bar has 192.168.1.1 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your Linksys BEFSX41 router. Your router's IP address can also be refered to as your computer's default gateway.
By default the IP address is set to: 192.168.1.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Linksys BEFSX41 router.
Linksys Usernames and Passwords
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default Linksys Router Passwords page.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Linksys BEFSX41 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Linksys BEFSX41 router back to its factory settings.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:
Click the Advanced button near the right of the page.
The menu near the top should change. In this new menu, click Filters.
Put a dot into the Block WAN Request Disable radio button.
Click the Apply button near the bottom of the page.
Click the Forwarding button near the top of the page.
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:
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Customized Applications box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Left Ext. Port and the Right Ext. Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Left Ext. Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the Right Ext. Port box.
With the Protocol TCP / UDP checkbox select the protocol type.
Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the IP Address box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
Put a checkmark in the Enable checkbox.
When you're finished, click Apply near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Linksys BEFSX41 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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