Netgear FR318 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.
The basic process to open a port is:
- Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
- Login to your Netgear FR318 router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Click the Firewall link.
- Click the Access link.
- Click the Add Service link.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Netgear FR318 router.
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.
Now we are going to login to your Netgear FR318 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something 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 FR318 IP Address is: 192.168.0.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
- The Default Netgear FR318 Router Username is: admin
- The Default Netgear FR318 Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Netgear FR318 router.
Netgear Usernames and Passwords
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If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Netgear FR318 router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Netgear FR318 router back to its factory settings.
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:
Click the Firewall link near the left of the page.
Click the Access link.
Click the Add Service link.
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:
Use the Add a known service dropdown box to choose Custom Service.
Enter the name of the program into the 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.
If you are just forwarding a single port number then you can simply enter that same number into both the Left Port Range and the Right Port Range boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, usually separated by a hyphen, then you need to enter the lowest number of that range into the Left Port Range box and then enter highest number into the Right Port Range box.
Select the required protocol for these ports from the Protocol dropdown box.
When you are done click the Add button.
Near the left of the page click the Firweall link.
Click the Access link.
Click the Services link.
Put a check in the box next to the services that you created.
Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Public LAN Server box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
When you're finished, click Update near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
And that's it, you're done.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Netgear FR318 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.
To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.
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