How to Forward Ports in a Netgear FVS318 Router

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May 04, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

The **Netgear FVS318 ** router includes a basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall does this by blocking all connections to and from the Internet with out permission. In order to get permission for additional connections to come through the firewall for a game or program you need to create a port forward entry. This allows certain designated ports through the firewall to a specific computer on your network.

In this guide we will show you how to port forward on the **Netgear FVS318 ** router. These steps include:

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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.

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.

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TIP: Write this static IP address down, you need it later in this guide.

Step 2

This step is logging into the **Netgear FVS318 ** router. To do this you need to open a web browser. These routers use the web interface to make setting changes. It doesn't matter which browser you decide to use, simply pick one you are familiar with. Some common options are Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. It typically doesn't matter which browser you decide to use.

After you have opened up the web browser, look for the address bar. This is normally at the top of the page like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

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 FVS318 IP Address is: After entering the router's IP address into the address bar, simply click the Enter key on the keyboard. You should be taken to a page like this:

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

If an authentication box does not appear when you enter the router's IP address, or you get a message saying This site can't be reached, then the IP address you entered was not correct. This is usually because it was changed in the past. To find out what it was changed to, follow the instructions in this How To Find Your Router's IP Address guide.

Ultimately you are looking for a window or page that asks you for a username and password to continue.

Simply enter your username and password and click the Login or OK button to access the Netgear FVS318 router interface.

Netgear Usernames and Passwords

This is a very common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, there are still a few things you can try.

  • I always recommend trying other Netgear default usernames and passwords before panicking. A slightly different firmware version could have a different username/password combination or (heaven forbid) our information above is incorrect. Here is a list of all the different Default Netgear Router Passwords.
  • If the list of defaults did not work to get you router access, then it is most likely that you or someone has changed the router's username and/or password in the past. To fix this, you can either guess or use our Router Password Cracker. Our software will figure it out for you.
  • Finally, if nothing is working, it may be time to consider a factory reset. This is NOT recommended unless you have exhausted all other troubleshooting options. A factory reset erases everything you have ever changed in the history of this router, and more if you have a DSL Internet connection. BEWARE...

Step 3

The Good News: Most router's require this third step, but the **Netgear FVS318 ** router sort of just jumps right into the port forwarding aspect.

The Bad News: Step 4 has more steps than most to get your ports forwarded.

Step 4

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:

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

Near the left of the page click the Add Service link.

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

Click the Add Custom Service button near the center of the page.

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

Put a name for this forward in the Name box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter so pick something that has meaning to you.

Use the Type dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding.

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.

Near the left of the page click the Ports link.

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

Click the Add button.

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Screenshot of Netgear FVS318v2.

Select the service you created from the Service dropdown box.

Use the Action dropdown box to pick ALLOW always.

You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Send to LAN Server box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.

Use the WAN Users dropdown box to choose Any.

Use the Log dropdown box to pick Never.

When you are all done click the Apply button.

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, you need to see if your ports forwarded correctly. To do this we recommend using our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

Additional Information

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