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Fastest Netgear CG3000 Router Port Forwarding Instructions

The Netgear CG3000 router includes a basic firewall that helps protect your local network from all unwanted Internet access. A firewall does this by blocking all incoming and outgoing traffic from the Internet unless the router allows it. The only way your router will allow more traffic through the firewall is if you create a port forward rule allowing traffic to flow through the port or ports you specified to a particular computer on your home network.

In this guide we will cover all the steps in order to get your ports forwarded on the Netgear CG3000 router. We will show you exactly how to:

  • Setup a static IP address on the exact device you are forwarding these ports to.
  • Login to the Netgear CG3000 router.
  • Find the port forwarding section of the Netgear CG3000 router.
  • Create the port forward entry.

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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.

  • Recommended - Our free program will setup a static IP address for you.
  • Or follow our Static IP Address guides to setup a static IP address.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

TIP: It's a good idea to write this static IP address down. You will need it again in Step 4.

Step 2

In order to login to the Netgear CG3000 router you need to open a web browser because your router uses a web interface. The web browser can be Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Firefox. It should not matter which browser you decide to use.

After you open the web browser, find the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:

The address bar has been circled for you with in it.

Replace what is in the bar with the Netgear CG3000 router's IP address. This can also be called the router's GUI address or the computer's default gateway.

By default the Netgear CG3000 router has an IP address of:

Once you have entered the router's IP address into the address bar, simply press Enter.

If the correct IP address was used you will see a login screen screen similar to this:

Netgear CG3000

If you are not shown the above screen, something went wrong. At this point you need to find out what the router's IP address was changed to. In order to do this follow the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

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

  • The Default Netgear CG3000 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear CG3000 Router Password is: password

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Netgear CG3000 router.

Having Trouble?

This is a very common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:

  • We first recommend trying other Netgear username/password combinations. It is possible you have a different version than this. Different versions sometimes have different passwords. Here is our list of Default Netgear Router Passwords
  • The most common reason a password won't work is because you have changed it in the past. You can do a couple things here: First, you can try guessing what you changed it to. Second you can use our Router Password Cracker to do the guessing for you. This handy tool really does make owning a router a lot easier.
  • The last thing you can try is a factory reset. Do not attempt a factory reset unless you have exhausted all your other troubleshooting options. To learn the basics of a reset read this How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

Congratulations on logging into the Netgear CG3000 router. Now let's find the port forwarding section of the device. To help you do this we start on the Basic Settings.

Netgear CG3000

Click the Port Forwarding link on the left side of the page.

Netgear CG3000

You are now on the correct page of the router to make a port forward.

Step 4

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:

Make up a name to put in the Name box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward, it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Start Port and the End Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Start Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the End Port box.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Local 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.

When you are done click the Add button.

Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.

Don't Forget to Test Your Ports

After you have finished all of the above steps, you need to see if the Netgear CG3000 router forwarded them without any problems. To do this we recommend using our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our port checker uses a local application to listen for the server trying to connect and then positively verifies that your ports are forwarded.

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