Your C6300 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 Netgear C6300 can unblock certain incoming connections through port forwarding or by opening a port. You can open ports in your C6300 by assigning specific ports to an IP address. Forwarding these ports directs incoming data to a specific device or application.
To open ports in your Netgear C6300 router, follow the steps below:
- 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 Netgear C6300 router.
- Make your way to the Port Forwarding section of the Netgear C6300 router.
- Find the Advanced tab located near the top of the screen and click it.
- Find the Advanced Setup tab at the left of the screen and click on it.
- Click on the link labeled Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.
- Go ahead and create a Port Forwarding entry.
If this sounds difficult, you are not alone. We will walk you through each step in opening a port for the Netgear C6300 router.
Setup A Static IP Address
It is important to set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This ensures that your ports remain forwarded even after a reboot, power outage, or another type of device or router disconnect.
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After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.
Login To Your Netgear Router
The Netgear C6300 router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the Netgear C6300 router you need to use a web browser.
Open your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. If you are already in a browser window, go ahead and open up a new tab.
We have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your C6300 Router
Find the address bar in your browser window. This is usually found at the top of the page, like in the image below.
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 default IP address for the Netgear C6300 router is: 192.168.0.1
Once you have entered your router's IP address in the address bar go ahead and click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box like the one shown below.
Enter the username and password for your Netgear C6300 router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.
- The default Netgear C6300 Router Username is: admin
- The default Netgear C6300 Router Password is: password
Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Log In button to login to your Netgear C6300 router.
Netgear Usernames and Passwords
If the username and password did not work I recommend checking out our Default Netgear Router Passwords page.
If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't login you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. After resetting the Netgear C6300 router your username and password are reverted 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 Netgear C6300 router.
- Click on the Advanced tab, which is at the top of the screen.
- Click the Advanced Setup tab, which is at the left of the screen.
- Click the link that says Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.
You should now be on a page called Port Forwarding.
Create A Port Forward
Opening a port to a specific device may solve problems that you are having on your network. Make sure that it is necessary though, before opening a port, because you are effectively creating a pinhole in the firewall portion of your router that could lead to malicious traffic on your network. The risk is exceedingly low, though, so don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it.
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:
- Click the button called Add Custom Service.
- Put a name for this forward in the Service 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.
- Select the protocol type of the ports that you are forwarding from the Service Type 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.
- Enter the port number into the External Starting Port and the External Ending Port boxes to forward a single port. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the External Starting Port box and then enter the highest number of that range into the External Ending Port box.
- Put a check in the box labeled Use the same port range for Internal port.
- Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the Internal IP Address box. It is possible to forward a port to the IP address of your computer or to the IP address of a specific device on your internal network.
- Make the Any selection in the External IP Address drop-down list.
- Click the Apply button at the top of the page when you are completely finished to apply these changes.
Test Your Open Ports
Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the Netgear C6300 router correctly. To do this you can use Network Utilities, which includes a free Open Port Checker tool. Open Port Checker is the only online port-checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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