Netgear FR328S 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 FR328S router.
- Navigate to the port forwarding section.
- Create a port forward entry.
While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Netgear FR328S 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 FR328S 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 FR328S 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 FR328S Router Username is: admin
- The Default Netgear FR328S Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Netgear FR328S router.
Netgear Usernames and Passwords
If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default Netgear Router Passwords page.
If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your Netgear FR328S router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your Netgear FR328S 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:
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:
Near the left of the page click the Services link.
Click the Add Custom Service button near the center of the page.
You need to name this entry in the Name box. The name does not make any difference in the forward; it's just there so that you can remember later why you setup this forward.
From the Type box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.
If you are just forwarding a single port number then you can simply enter that same number into both the Start Port and the Finish Port 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 Start Port box and then enter highest number into the Finish Port box.
Click the Rules link near the left of the page.
You can click either the Outbound or Inbound Services Add button.
In the Service dropdown box choose the service you created.
From the Action dropdown box choose ALLOW always.
Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Send to LAN Server box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.
From the WAN Users dropdown box pick Any.
In the Log dropdown box choose Never.
Click the Apply button when you are done.
Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.
Test if Your Ports are Open
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Netgear FR328S 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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