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Netgear FVS318 Port Forwarding Guide

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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:

  • How to setup a static IP address on the device you want to forward these ports to.
  • How to login to the Netgear FVS318 router.
  • How to find the port forwarding section of the router.
  • How to make a port forward entry.

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Step 1

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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guide to setup a static IP address.

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.

Step 2

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:

Netgear FVS318 address-bar-circled

In the picture above I have circled the address bar. It has 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:

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

Netgear FVS318 Screenshot 1

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.

  • The Default Netgear FVS318 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear FVS318 Router Password is: password

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login or OK button to login to your Netgear FVS318 router.

Are You Stuck?

This is a common place to get stuck. Here are a few things you can try:

  1. Most likely the username and password are incorrect. If you have a slightly different firmware version then the username and password could be different. Try other Netgear username/password combinations. Here is our list of Default Netgear Router Passwords.

  2. If that did not work, the password was probably changed in the past for security reasons. This is a good idea and highly recommended when setting up a wireless home network, however problems arise when you forget what you changed it to. Our Router Password Cracker will help you with this. Go ahead and give it a try, it makes owning a router a lot easier.

  3. Finally if all else fails you may need to consider a factory reset for your Netgear FVS318 router. This is not recommended unless you have exhausted all other troubleshooting ideas. A factory reset erases all your previous changes. A full reconfiguration is required after a factory reset. To learn more about resetting a router, read this How to Reset a Router page.
Step 3

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.

Netgear FVS318

From this page we are going to jump right into entering the port forwarding data. On to step 4!

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:

Application :
IP Address :

(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!

Test if Your Ports are Open

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.

More Information

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Under Security in the left hand menu click Add Service.
You should see the following menu.

Click Add a Custom Service

Service Definition  
Port Start
Port End

Go ahead and name your service. It doesn't really matter what the name is, but something easy to remember would be good. Select tcp or udp under type. If you are unsure of the type just select both. Last put in the Start and Finishing port numbers. If the service only requires one port, put that port number in both the start and the finish box. You may need to setup multiple services, depending upon the number of ports/port ranges the software you want to run requires. Click Apply when you have finished. Now we need to go to the second section to continue setting up our port forwarding. Under Advanced in the left hand menu click Ports.
Once again you should see the following menu.

Go ahead and click Add in the Outbound or Inbound services section. If you are unsure whether the program you are using will use these ports for inbound or outbound traffic, repeat steps 7 through 9 for both Inbound and Outbound.

Local Server Address ...
Wan Users Address

Select the service we previously created. Action should be set to ALLOW always. Enter the ip address you want to forward these ports to in Local Server Address. If you are forwarding ports so you can run a program on your computer, you should enter the your computers ip address into this box. Wan Users should be set to Any, unless you want to limit who you want to connect to these ports. This would be useful, lets say, if you only wanted your office computer to be able to ftp into your home computer. In that case you would put your office computers ip address in both the start and finish box. Generally log should be set to never, unless of course you want to create a log of network activity.
When you are finished with that configuration go ahead and click Apply.