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Opening a Port on the Netgear DG834G

Firewalls are designed to block connections to the Internet. Your Netgear DG834G router has a basic firewall that helps to protect your home network. Sometimes you want these blocked ports or connections to be opened. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward because you are forwarding a port from the Internet directly to a specific device in your local home network.

In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps:

  1. How to setup a static IP address on the exact device you want to forward these ports to.
  2. How to login to your Netgear DG834G router.
  3. How to find the port forwarding section.
  4. How to create a port forward.

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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 guide to setup a static IP address.

Step 2

It is now time to login to the Netgear DG834G router. In order to make changes you need to access it's web interface. To do that you need to open up a web browser. It doesn't matter what web browser you decide to use, simply pick your favorite. Here are some common choices:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It looks like this:

Netgear DG834G address-bar-circled

I have circled it for you in red. All you need to do is erase what is in this bar with the router's IP address. Remember sometimes the router's IP address is called the computer's default gateway.

By default the IP address of the Netgear DG834G is set to:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press Enter. If all goes well you should see the following screen:

Netgear DG834G Screenshot 1

You are on the right page if you see a box asking for your username and password.

  • The Default Netgear DG834G Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear DG834G Router Password is: password

Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Netgear DG834G router.

Trouble Logging In...

This is where a lot of us get stuck. Here are a few troubleshooting ideas to help you out:

  • First, we recommend trying other Netgear usernames and passwords. It is possible you have a slightly different firmware version with a different username and password. Check out our list of these on our Default Netgear Router Passwords page.

  • If you still cannot login then it is probably because you changed the username and/or password in the past and can't remember what you changed it to. Have you tried to guess what you changed it to? We have a Find Password App that automates the process for you. This app makes the process of guessing hundreds or even thousands of passwords easier. (To prevent illegal activity, this app will not work over the Internet. It only works on your home network.) Learn more on this Router Password Cracker page.

  • Finally, if nothing else works, it might be time to consider a reset. We strongly recommend exhausting all other troubleshooting methods before you decide to do this. A reset like this erases all personal settings. If you think you need to reset this router, check out our How to Reset a Router page.
Step 3

Finding the port forward section of this router is extremely easy. We have actually included it with our 4th step. When logging into the Netgear DG834G router you should see the following image:

Netgear DG834G
Step 4

To configure the router so your ports are forwarded correctly we need a little more information from you:

Application :
IP Address :

(Make sure the IP Address above matches the static IP Address you setup in step 1)

This next section is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what to enter in your router based on the choices you gave us above. Currently we are showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, continue to follow the next set of instructions:

Congratulations you are finished.

Are Your Ports Open

This is a good question. How do you know if the ports opened as they should? We recommend using our Open Port Checker. It is part of the free trial version of our Network Utilities. This particular open port checker is guaranteed to work because it uses a local application to see if the ports are actually listening or not.

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Click Services in the left sidebar.

You should see the following menu.


Click Add a Custom Service


Service Definition  
Port Start
Port End

Go ahead and name your service. It doesn't really matter what the name is, but something easy to remember would be good. Select tcp or udp under type. If you are unsure of the type simply select both. Finally, put in the Start and Finishing port numbers. If the service only requires one port, put that port number in both the start and the finish box. You may need to setup multiple services, depending upon the number of ports/port ranges the software you want to run requires. Click Apply when you have finished.

Now we need to go to the second section to continue setting up our port forwarding. Under Security in the left hand menu click Rules.

Once again you should see the following menu.


Go ahead and click Add in the Outbound or Inbound services section. If you are unsure whether the program you are using will use these ports for inbound or outbound traffic, repeat steps 7 through 9 for both Inbound and Outbound.


Send to LAN Server ...
Wan users

Select the service we previously created. Action should be set to ALLOW always.

Enter the IP address you want to forward these ports to in Send to LAN Server. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on your computer, you should enter the your computers IP address into this box. Wan Users should be set to Any, unless you want to limit who you want to connect to these ports. This would be useful, lets say, if you only wanted your office computer to be able to ftp into your home computer. In that case you would put your office computers IP address in both the start and finish box. Generally log should be set to never, unless of course you want to create a log of network activity.

When you are finished with that configuration go ahead and click Apply.