Did you know your Linksys WRT54GX router has a basic firewall to help protect your home network from unwanted Internet access? This firewall blocks connections to and from the Internet that are not authorized. Some online programs and games will run much smoother if you open additional connections. This is often called a port forward.
In this guide we will show you how to port forward on the Linksys WRT54GX router. The steps we will walk you through are:
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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.
TIP: Go ahead and write this static IP address down. You need it a little later in this guide.
It is now time to login to the Linksys WRT54GX router. To do this you need to open a web browser. This is because your router uses a web interface.
Normally it does not matter which browser you decide to use, simply pick the one you are the most comfortable using such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or even Edge.
Open up the web browser you decided to use and find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:
In the image above I have circled the router's IP address. Simply enter the router's IP address in this space. The router's IP address is also sometimes referred to as the computer's default gateway.
By default the Linksys WRT54GX has an IP address of: 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:
You should see a box asking for your username and password to continue. If you do not see a login screen or box, you need to find out what the router's IP address was changed to. To do this use our How To Find Your Router's IP Address guide.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK or Login button to access the Linksys WRT54GX router.
Are you having trouble logging into the Linksys WRT54GX router? Here are a few troubleshooting ideas:
It is time to find the port forwarding section of the device. To help you find the correct screen, we will begin on the Basic Setup page of the Linksys WRT54GX router:
First, select the option at the top of the page labeled Applications & Gaming.
Directly below that a new set of options will appear. From this new list, pick the option of Port Range Forwarding.
You are now on the port forwarding page of the Linksys WRT54GX router!
We can now begin to enter the port forward data in your router. In order to help you with this step we need you to answer two questions:
(The IP address box above needs to contain the static IP address you created in Step 1)
According to the information you just gave us above, you want to port forward for XBox Live. If this is correct, simply fill in the boxes in your router as you see them below:
When you are finished making port forward entries, click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the screen.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Linksys WRT54GX 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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