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:
We think that forwarding a port should be easy. That's why we created Network Utilities. Our software does everything that you need to forward a port.
When you use Network Utilities you get your port forwarded right now!
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: It's a good idea to write this static IP address down. You will need it again in Step 4.
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 192.168.0.1 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: 192.168.0.1
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:
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.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Netgear CG3000 router.
This is a very common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:
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.
Click the Port Forwarding link on the left side of the page.
You are now on the correct page of the router to make a port forward.
You can now start to enter the port forwarding information. To help you with this step we need a little more information from you:
(Do you remember the Static IP address you setup in the first step? Enter that address in the IP address box above.)
This next section we call the router simulator. It mimics the Netgear CG3000 router port forward boxes. All you need to do is copy what is in the boxes below into your router. Currently we are showing the ports for XBox Live.
And that is it! You are done!
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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