Your Linksys WRT3200ACM router uses a firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted access from the Internet. Your firewall protects your network by blocking connections to and from the Internet that you have not authorized. Sometimes it becomes necessary to authorize a new connection. You do this by opening a port or ports on your Linksys WRT3200ACM router. This process is called a port forward.
In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps:
- How to Setup a Static IP address. This is done to the device you plan on forwarding the ports to.
- How to Login to the Linksys WRT3200ACM router.
- How to Find the Port Forwarding section of the router.
- What information to Enter in your router to create a port forward.
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 Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.
In this step we show how to login to the Linksys WRT3200ACM. Your router uses a web interface which means the you need to login using a web browser. It should not matter what browser you decide to use. I recommend picking your favorite. Some common options are: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Firefox.
After you have picked and opened your browser, find the Address Bar. This normally looks 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 WRT3200ACM IP Address is: 192.168.1.1
Simply enter the router's IP address and press the Enter key. You are taken to a login screen like this:
Go ahead and enter the router's username and password into the appropriate boxes.
- The Default Linksys WRT3200ACM Router Username is: admin
- The Default Linksys WRT3200ACM Router Password is: admin
After entering the router's username and password, click the blue Sign in button to access the router's user interface.
This is a common place to get stuck. If you are in this predicament, here are a few things you can try:
- First, we always recommend trying other default Linksys usernames and passwords. If you have a slightly different firmware version it could be possible the username and password is also different. Here is our list of Default Linksys Router Passwords.
- If that did not get you logged in, it is probably because you changed the router's username and password in the past and don't remember what you changed it to. To help you find your lost username/password combo we have a Find Password App you can use. This application will automate the guessing process for you. Learn more about it on our Router Password Cracker page.
- If after trying both of the above troubleshooting options you still cannot login to the Linksys WRT3200ACM router it might be time to consider a factory reset. A reset like this one erases all the personal settings you have changed on your router. We strongly recommend that you do not attempt a reset until you have exhausted all other troubleshooting methods. Learn more about this in our guide titled How to Reset a Router.
It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To help you find it, we begin on the home page like this:
Looking in the left sidebar, click the option of Security.
Now click the option at the top of the page labeled App & Gaming.
Under that there is a smaller menu with some new options. If you are forwarding a single port or multiple ports but not in a range, click the option of Single Port Forwarding. If you are forwarding a range of ports then click the option labeled Port Range Forwarding.
This is the screenshot for Single Port 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
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Application Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Start Port box and the highest number of that range into the End Port box. If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Start Port and the End Port boxes.
Select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding from the Protocol box.
Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the Device IP# box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
Verify that you have the Enabled checkbox checked.
When you are finished, click the Save button.
Forwarding a Single Port
Put a name for this forward in the Application Name 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 port to forward into both the External Port and the Internal Pot boxes.
The protocol that you want to forward is selected from the Protocol box.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to into the Device IP# box. Note that if you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box instead.
Make sure that the Enabled checkbox is checked.
Click the Save button when you are finished.
How to Test Your Ports
It is a great idea to test your ports after you have finished creating a port forward. In order to see if the ports forwarded properly we recommend using our FREE Open Port Checker. This is part of our free trial version of the Network Utilities. Our port checker uses a local application to listen for the server trying to connect. This way we can confirm that your port is forwarded.
More router specific guides can be found on our site setuprouter.com.