Your router has a firewall that blocks unwanted connections to and from the Internet. Sometimes you want some of these connections (ports) unblocked for an online game or other online application. To unblock these port you need to create a port forward. A port forward opens specific ports for a specific device on your network.
In this guide we will walk you through all the steps involved in getting your ports forwarded on the Linksys WAG54G router. We will show you how to:
- Setup a static IP address on your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- Login to your Linksys WAG54G router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Create a port forward entry.
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 program will setup a static IP address for you. Download Network Utilities today!
- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
Now we login to the Linksys WAG54G router. To do that you need to use your computer and open up a web browser. It usually doesn't matter what browser you decide to use. We recommend using the one you are the most comfortable with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It looks something 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 Linksys WAG54G router IP address (computer's default gateway) is: 192.168.1.1
Did the default IP address not work? Did you change the router's IP address in the past and don't recall what you changed it to? To find out what the current router IP address is follow the instructions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press Enter. If you entered the correct IP address you will see a screen similar to the following image:
You should see a box asking you for a username and password.
- The Default Linksys WAG54G Router Username is: admin
- The Default Linksys WAG54G Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login or the OK button to log in to your Linksys WAG54G router.
If the above username and password did not work, here are a few things you can try:
- Other Linksys usernames and passwords. If your Linksys is a different firmware version you could also have a different username and password combination. Here is our list of Default Linksys Router Passwords.
- Our Find Password App to help you figure out what you changed the username and password to. Learn more about that on this Router Password Cracker page.
- As an absolute last resort, you could perform a factory reset on the Linksys WAG54G router. This erases everything you have ever changed on the router including the username and password. We DO NOT recommend doing a reset unless you have exhausted your other options first. A full router reconfiguration will need to be done afterwards. Learn the basics of resetting a router on this How to Reset a Router page.
In this third step we need to find the port forwarding section of your router. We start on the Setup page of the router:
On this page, click the button at the top of the page labeled Applications & Gaming.
Below that a new menu appears. In this new menu you can either choose Single Port Forwarding or Port Range Forwarding.
You are now on the correct page to make a port forward. The above image is the screenshot for Port Range Forwarding.
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:
Forwarding a Port Range
You need to name this entry in the Application 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.
If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Port Range Start and the Port Range End boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Port Range Start box and the highest number of that range into the Port Range End box.
In the TCP UDP box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.
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 Enabled checkbox.
Forwarding a Single Port
Put a name for this forward in the Application box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.
Enter the same port number to be forwarded into the External Port and the Internal Port boxes.
Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the IP Address box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.
Put a checkmark in the Enabled checkbox.
When you are completely finished entering the ports to be forwarded, click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.
Are Your Ports Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Linksys WAG54G 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.
If you are struggling with the port forward, we recommend using our Port Forward Software. We believe port forwarding should be easy and with our software it is. We will troubleshoot, diagnose, and fix any port forwarding issues you are having.
Don't forget to check out our full list of guides here. We have networking, gaming, and software guides. portforward.com is your computer information source.
Need router help? Check out the different guides we have for setting up your router here at setuprouter.com.