Your E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router helps to protect your network by blocking incoming internet connections. This is an important feature that helps you to control which applications have access to your network. Sometimes you want to allow network access to a specific application in order to play a game, connect a device, or use an app. The Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi can unblock certain incoming connections through port forwarding or by opening a port. You can open ports in your E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi by assigning specific ports to an IP address. Forwarding these ports directs incoming data to a specific device or application.
In order to open ports in your Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router, you need to:
- On the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to, you will need to set up a static IP address.
- Go ahead and log in to your Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router.
- Find the Port Forwarding section in your Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router.
- Click on the Security link, which is at the left of the screen.
- Find the Apps and Gaming tab located near the top of the screen and click it.
- Find the Port Range Forwarding tab located near the top of the screen and click it.
- Go ahead and create a Port Forwarding entry.
Opening ports in a router can be a difficult process the first few times. Don't get discouraged! We will walk you through all the steps to open a port in the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router.
Setup A Static IP Address
In order to keep the ports in your router open, even after a reboot or disconnect, it is important to set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to.
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After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.
Login To Your Linksys Router
Log in to the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router. To do this you need to use a web browser because the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router uses what is called a web interface.
It normally doesn't matter what web browser you use so go ahead and open up your favorite. If you don't have a favorite then open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
If that is confusing to you, we have simplified this step with this link: Login to your E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi Router
Once you have opened up a browser window, find the address bar. This is usually at the top of the page like the image below shows.
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your web browser and type in your router's IP address.
The Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router's default IP address is: 192.168.1.1
Once you have finished entering your router's IP address into the address bar, click the enter button on your keyboard. A box similar to the one below should appear.
Enter the username and password for your Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.
- The default Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi Router Username is: none
- The default Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi Router Password is: admin
Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Login button to login to your Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router.
Linksys Usernames and Passwords
If the username and password did not work, go to our Default Linksys Router Passwords page for help.
If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't log in you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. **Note:**After resetting the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router your username and password revert back to factory defaults.
Find the Port Forwarding Section
You should be on your routers home page once you complete logging in. Find the Port Forwarding section on the home page of the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi router.
- Find the Security link located near the left of the screen and click on it.
- Click the Apps and Gaming tab, which is at the top of the screen.
- Click the Port Range Forwarding tab, which is at the top of the screen.
You should now be on a page called Port Forwarding.
Create A Port Forward
Make sure that you must open a port in your router before doing so since this will allow data to come through the firewall portion of your router to a specific device. It is possible that this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. However, don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it because the risk is very low.
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:
- Make up a name to put in the Name box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward; it's simply there so you can know why it was created.
- To forward a single port, enter the port number into the Start and the End Port boxes. To forward a range of ports, enter the lowest number in the range into the Start box. Then enter the highest number in the range into the End Port box.
- Select the protocol type of the ports that you are forwarding from the Protocol dropdown box. If your router has the option of Both, then go ahead and select that. Otherwise, select either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP, but your router does not have Both, then you will need to create two entries.
- Go ahead and enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the To IP Address box. It is possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or of any other device on your network that you want ports forwarded to.
- Select Enabled from the Status drop-down box.
- To apply these changes, remember to click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished.
Test If Your Ports Are Open
Finally, I strongly recommend testing to see if you forwarded the Linksys E4200V2 Smart Wi-Fi ports correctly. To do this you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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