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Fastest Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Router Port Forwarding

Your Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router uses a firewall to protect your home network from unwanted access. Your firewall does this by blocking all connections to and from the Internet that are not authorized. Sometimes the connections required to play an online game or online program are blocked. This will cause all kinds of connectivity issues that are extremely irritating. To fix this problem you need to make a port forward on your router.

Keep reading and we show you how setup a port forward on your Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router. We will walk you through each of the following steps:

  • How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding your ports to.
  • How to login to the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router.
  • How to find the port forwarding section of the router.
  • And finally, how to configure the router to port forward the ports you want forwarded.


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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 guides to setup a static IP address.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

In this step we show you how to login to the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router. In order to login to this router you need to open a web browser because it uses a web interface. It does not matter what browser you decide to use. Pick one you are comfortable with. If you are unsure here are some examples: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Edge.

Once you have opened the web browser, find the address bar. This is typically at the top of the page like this:


192.168.1.1

From the image above you can see the address bar at the top of the page. You are reading this right now on a web browser. If you look to the top of the screen you should see a bar with https://portforward.com in it. That is the address bar.

All you need to do is type the IP address of your router into that address bar. If you have changed your router's IP address (also called the default gateway) then you need to find it. To do this follow the instructions in this guide.

The default IP address for the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router is: 192.168.1.1

After typing the correct IP address into the address bar, you are given an authentication page like this:

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 default login

Simply enter the username and password and press the OK or Login button.

  • The Default Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Router Password is: password

Having Trouble?

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

  • First, try some other Netgear usernames and passwords. If you have a different firmware version, you might also have a different username and password. Here is our list of Default Netgear Router Passwords.
  • Second, we recommend trying to guess what the password might be. You must have forgotten what you changed the username and password to when you setup the router. If you need a bit of help, check out our Find Password App. This app allows you to automate the guessing process. Learn more about it on the Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally if you are still stuck, you may want to do a factory reset. A factory reset erases every single setting you have ever changed in the lifetime of this router. We strongly recommend you exhaust your other options first. Learn how to reset a router in this How to Reset a Router guide.

Step 3

Congratulations, you have logged into the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router. It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the router. To do this we start on the Basic Home page of your router:

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Basic Home

First, click the tab close to the top of the page labeled ADVANCED.

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Advanced Home

You should now see the page you see above. Click the option in the left sidebar labeled Advanced Setup.

That opens a new sub-menu. Select the option of Port Forwarding/Port Triggering.

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Port Forwarding Port Triggering

On this new page, select the link in the center section of the page labeled Add Custom Service.

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Port Forwarding Add Custom Service

You should now be on the correct page to create a port forward on the Netgear Nighthawk R8300 router.

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:

You need to name this entry in the Service 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.

Use the Service 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 External Starting Port and the External Ending 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 External Starting Port box and then enter highest number into the External Ending Port box.

Put a checkmark in the Use the same port range for Internal port checkbox.

Enter the IP address that you want to forward these ports to in the Internal IP Address box. You can enter either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another computer or device on your network.

When you are finished, click the green Apply button to save the changes you made.

Testing Your Ports

After you have finished port forwarding, it is a good idea to check and see if they forwarded correctly. We have an Open Port Checker you can use. It is free and part of our Network Utilities. This Open Port Checking tool uses a local application to see if the server is listening on those ports. This gives you an accurate answer. Go ahead and give it a try.

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