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How to open a port on the Linksys BEFW11P1

Linksys BEFW11P1 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:

  1. Setup a static ip address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your Linksys BEFW11P1 router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Advanced button.
    • Click on Virtual Servers.
    • Start-->Default Display-->PredefinedPorts
    • Enter the IP in to the LAN IP Address box.
    • End-->Default Display-->TestPorts Display-->BottomScreenDB
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Linksys BEFW11P1 router.

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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 we are going to login to your Linksys BEFW11P1 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 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your Linksys BEFW11P1 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:

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

Linksys BEFW11P1 Screenshot 1

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

  • The Default Linksys BEFW11P1 Router Username is: blank
  • The Default Linksys BEFW11P1 Router Password is: admin

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Linksys BEFW11P1 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 BEFW11P1 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Linksys BEFW11P1 router back to its factory settings.

Step 3

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:

Linksys BEFW11P1 Screenshot 2

Click the Advanced button near the right of the page.

The menu near the top should change. In this new menu, click Virtual Servers.

Linksys BEFW11P1 Screenshot 3

When you're finished, click Save near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Linksys BEFW11P1 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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