Fastest Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Router Port Forwarding

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March 06, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 5 minutes

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:

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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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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:

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 Nighthawk R8300 IP Address is:

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

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 default login
Screenshot of Netgear Nighthawk R8300 default login.

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

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
Screenshot of Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Basic Home.

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

Netgear Nighthawk R8300 Advanced Home
Screenshot of 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
Screenshot of 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
Screenshot of 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:

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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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