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How to open a port on the Linksys WRT54GS

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Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Security link.
    • Uncheck Block Anonymous Internet Requests.
    • Click the Save Settings button.
    • Click the Applications & Gaming link.
    • Click on Port Range Forward.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS 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:


192.168.1.1

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 WRT54GS 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:

Linksys WRT54GS Screenshot 1

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

  • The Default Linksys WRT54GS Router Username is: blank
  • The Default Linksys WRT54GS Router Password is: admin

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Linksys WRT54GS 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 WRT54GS Screenshot 2

Click the Security link near the top of the page.

Linksys WRT54GS Screenshot 3

Remove the checkmark from the Block Anonymous Internet Requests checkbox.

Click the Save Settings button near the bottom of the page.

Click the Applications & Gaming link near the top of the page.

You should now see a new menu. In this new menu, click Port Range Forward.

Linksys WRT54GS Screenshot 4
Step 4

Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:

Application :
IP Address :

(The IP Address to forward to should be the same "static ip address" that you setup above)

Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:

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


Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports for on the Linksys WRT54GS 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 Utilites 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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