You probably know that the Netgear FVS318 router has a basic firewall that helps protect your home network. Do you know how this firewall works? Very basically it works by blocking all incoming and outgoing connections that have not been authorized. By default the router has authorized a few so you can surf the web and check your email, but most connections are blocked. Some online games or programs do not work very well if you don't open additional connections through the firewall. This opening of connections is frequently called a port forward because it takes the specified port and sends it directly through the firewall to a specific device on your network.
In this guide we will walk you through every step in the process of getting your ports open on the Netgear FVS318 router. These steps include:
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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 important to know that opening a port (port forwarding) does not open the port for your entire network, just one device. So that device needs a static IP address, an address that does not change every time you shut it off.
I highly recommend writing this static IP address down. You will need it again in Step 4.
Now let's login to the Netgear FVS318 router interface. To do this you need to open a web browser. It normally doesn't matter which browser you decide to use. I recommend picking one you are comfortable with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.
Upon opening the web browser, find the address bar. It will look something like this:
In the picture above I have circled the address bar. It has 192.168.0.1 in it. All you need to do now is type in the router's IP address. The router's IP address can also be called the router's GUI address or the computer's default gateway.
The default IP address for the Netgear FVS318 router 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:
IMPORTANT: If you are not given an authentication window like the one above, or are told the site cannot be reached the IP address that was entered was incorrect. It is possible you changed the router's IP address and don't remember what it was changed to. In order to find out what the correct IP address is follow the instructions on this page.
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login or OK button to login to your Netgear FVS318 router.
This is a common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:
You should now be logged into the Netgear FVS318 router interface and ready to find the port forwarding section of the device. Here is how you do it. We begin on the Basic Settings page.
From this page we are going to jump right into entering the port forwarding data. On to step 4!
Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer 2 questions:
(Remember the Static IP address you created in Step 1? Enter that in the IP address box above.)
This next section is our router simulator. It shows you exactly what information to enter in your router based on the choices you made above. Currently we are showing ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, just enter the information you see below into your router.
Congratulations, you did it!
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Netgear FVS318 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.
Port forwarding should be easy, that's why we have created the Port Forwarding Software. Our software troubleshoots, diagnoses, and fixes any port forwarding issues you have. Our port forwarding software is the easiest way to get your ports open!
Check out setuprouter.com for more router specific guides. Simply find your router and model number and look at the guides we have written specifically for that router.
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