Did you know your Netgear DGN2200 router includes a basic firewall designed to help your home network from unwanted access coming from the Internet? This firewall blocks connections which sometimes need to be opened in order for a game or application to run more smoothly. This process of opening a connection or port is called a port forward because you are literally forwarding a port through the firewall and directing it at a device on your network.
The basic process involved in opening a port is:
Don't panic if all this sounds difficult at first. We will be walking you through each and every step in the process to get your ports opened on the Netgear DGN2200 router.
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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.
It is time to login to the Netgear DGN2200 router. This router utilizes a web interface, meaning you need to login using a web browser. It doesn't matter what browser you choose to use, just pick a favorite. Some of the more common web browsers include Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
After picking a web browser and opening it, look for the address bar. It is normally at the top of the page and looks like this:
Do you see the address bar in the image above? It has the IP Address of 192.168.0.1 in it. All you need to do is enter in the Netgear DGN2200's IP Address. If you are looking for this address and can't find it, remember it can be called the computer's default gateway as well.
If you have changed the router's IP address in the past and have forgotten what it was, we can help you find it. Read our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page to learn more.
By default the Netgear DGN2200 router IP Address is: 192.168.0.1
After entering in the router's IP Address simply press the Enter key on your keyboard. If all goes well you end up on this page:
You are on the right page if you see a box prompting you for a username and password.
Go ahead and enter the username and password. Then click the OK button to login to your Netgear DGN2200 router.
If the username and password don't work we recommend trying other Netgear usernames and passwords before doing anything drastic. Find a full list of those passwords on this Default Netgear Router Passwords page.
If you are still unable to login to the Netgear DGN2200 router you can try our Find Password App. This app helps you crack a password on your home network.
Finally, if you are still not able to login to the router it may be time to consider a reset. A reset like this erases all settings you have ever changed in the past including the username and password. Learn more in our How to Reset a Router guide.
This next step involves finding the port forwarding section on your Netgear DGN2200 router. To do that let's start on the first page:
Start off by clicking the Port Forwarding/Port Triggering link in the left sidebar.
Then put a dot into the Port Forwarding radio button.
Finally, click the Add Custom Service button in the center section of the page.
You are now ready to enter some port forward data into your router. In order for us to show you exactly what data to enter in this router we need you to answer the following 2 questions:
(Note: The above IP Address needs to match the static IP Address you setup in step 1)
This next section contains our router simulator. It will show you exactly what data to enter in your router to get the proper ports forwarded. Currently we are showing you want to forward the XBox Live ports. All you need to do is copy the information from the boxes below to your router.
Don't forget to click the Apply button after each entry in order to save these changes.
And that is it! You are done!
After you have finished the port forwarding process we recommend you test them to see if they forwarded correctly. To do this we recommend using our Free How To Check For Open Ports. This Open Port Checker can be found in our Network Utilities tool.
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