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Netgear D7000 Router Port Forwarding Instructions

Your Netgear D7000 router has a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet activity. The firewall works by blocking unauthorized connections. Sometimes online games or applications will run much smoother if you have additional connections opened. To open additional connections you need to create a port forward.

In this guide we will be walking through each of the steps involved in port forwarding on the Netgear D7000 router. These steps include:

  1. How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
  2. How to login to the Netgear D7000 router web interface.
  3. How to find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
  4. How to setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.

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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 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: Write this static IP address down. You need it in Step 4.

Step 2

It is time to login to the Netgear D7000 router. In order to do this you need to open up a web browser. It normally doesn't matter which browser you decide to open, simply pick your favorite such as Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.

Once you have opened the web browser of choice, find the address bar at the top of the page. It should look something like this:

In the image above I have circled the address bar for you. You simply need to enter the router's IP address in this space. The router's IP address is also called the computer's default gateway.

By default the Netgear D7000 router has an IP address of:

Go ahead and enter the router's IP address in the address bar and press the ENTER key. If everything goes as it should you will see a login page. If you don't see a login page, you need to find out if the router's IP address has been changed. To find out what your router's current IP address is follow the directions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

Ultimately you need to see a page similar to the one shown below:

Netgear D7000 default login

  • The Default Netgear D7000 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear D7000 Router Password is: password

Having Trouble?

This is a pretty common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, don't panic, there are a few things you can try:

  • First, check all the different Netgear default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default Netgear Router Passwords.
  • Second, try and guess what the password/username was changed to. Use our Find Password App to make this step easier.
  • Finally, if you are still stuck after trying both of the above options, it might be time to consider a factory reset. Learn more about this option on the How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

It is now time to find the port forwarding page of the Netgear D7000 router. To help you with this step we begin on the BASIC Home page.

Netgear D7000 Basic Home

First, you need to click the Advanced option at the top of the page.

Netgear D7000 Advanced Home

Now, click the option in the left sidebar labeled Advanced Setup. This is all the way at the bottom.

Under that click the option of Port Forwarding/Port Triggering

Netgear D7000 Port Forwarding

You will now see a page like the one above. There are several links at the bottom of the page. Click the one labeled Add Custom Service.

Netgear D7000 Port Forwarding Add

You are now on correct page to make a port forward entry.

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:

Create a name for this forward and put it in the Service Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.

Select the required protocol for these ports from the Service Type dropdown box.

Type the ports to forward into the External port range box.

Your ports can be entered as a list 23,24,25, a range 500-600, or a combination of both 23,45,500-600.

Enable the Use the same port range for Internal port checkbox by putting a check in it.

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

Don't forget to click the green Apply button when you are finished with each entry.

Test Your Ports

Are your the ports you just forwarded really open? An easy way to find out is use our free Open Port Checker. It uses a local application to see if the ports are open or not. This guarantees our port checkers accuracy.

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