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:
- Setting up a Static IP Address on the device or game console you want to forward these ports to.
- Next you need to Login to the Netgear DGN2200 router.
- Then you find your way to the port forwarding section of the device
- Click the Port Forwarding / Port Triggering link.
- Click the Port Forwarding radio button.
- Click the Add Custom Service button.
- Finally you create a port forward rule or entry.
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.
- Recommended - Our free Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
This step is important because you want a permanent IP address in your device. If you do not set up a permanent IP address in your device, then when you device reboots it may get a new IP address.
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:
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your router and type in your router's IP address.
The default Netgear DGN2200 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.
- The Default Netgear DGN2200 Router Username is: admin
- The Default Netgear DGN2200 Router Password is: password
Go ahead and enter the username and password. Then click the OK button to login to your Netgear DGN2200 router.
Having Trouble Logging In?
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.
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:
- Browsing our List of Games
- Check out our our List of Games by Genre
- See our List of all Applications
Enter the name of the program into the Service Name box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded is be a good idea.
The protocol that you want to forward is selected from the Service Type box.
If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Starting Port and the Ending Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Starting Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the Ending Port box.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to into the Server IP Address box. Note that if you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on a device other than your computer then you can enter your device's IP address into that box instead.
When you are finished, click the Apply button.
Don't forget to click the Apply button after each entry in order to save these changes.
Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.
Test if Your Ports are Open
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.
If you enjoyed that guide check out some of our other ones:
- Learn if Port Forwarding is Safe.
- Learn Alternatives to Port Forwarding
- What is a Port?
- How to tell the difference between a Router and a Modem.