Network Utilities

Forwarding Ports in a Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 Router

Did you know your Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router uses a firewall to keep unwanted Internet activity away from your home network. Firewalls do this by blocking all connections to and from the Internet that you have not authorized. In order to authorize a connection you need to create a port forward.

In this guide we will walk you through each of the following steps:

  • How to create Static IP address on the device you are forwarding these ports to.
  • How to Login to the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router.
  • How to Navigate to the port forwarding settings.
  • How to create a port forward.

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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.

  • Recommended - Our free program will setup a static IP address for you.
  • 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 will show you how to Login to the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router. First you need to open a web browser to access the web interface. It doesn't matter which browser you decide to use, simply pick your favorite. Some of the more common web browsers are: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Edge.

After you open your web browser find the address bar. This is normally located at the top of the page like this:

Do you see the address bar in the image above? We have circled it for you in red. All you need to do is replace what is currently in the address bar with the router's IP address. The IP Address is sometimes called the Default Gateway.

Of course, if you have changed the router's IP address in the past, you need to enter that value instead. If you don't know what you changed the router's IP address to, then you need to follow the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

By default the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 has an IP address of:

Simply enter that IP address in the address bar and press the Enter key on your keyboard. This should open up an authentication page like this:

Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 default login

If you see a box asking for a username and password then you are in the right place.

  • The Default Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 Router Password is: password

Once you have entered the username and password in the box, press the OK button to login to the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router interface.

Having Trouble?

This is where a lot of us get stuck. If you find yourself in this group there are a few things you can try:

  • The first thing we recommend you try is other Netgear username/password combos. If you have a slightly different firmware version then the username and password could be a little different. Here is our list of Default Netgear Router Passwords.
  • If you tried that and still cannot login to the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router it is because you changed it in the past and don't remember what you changed it to. We recommend trying to guess what you changed it to. If you need help with this, use our Find Password App. It locates your password for you by trying thousands of different combinations. Learn more about how this password recovery app works.
  • If you have tried both of the above troubleshooting ideas and still cannot login to the router, it may be time to consider a factory reset. A factory reset erases all your personal settings. Your entire router will need to be reconfigured after this reset is complete. Learn more about this on our How to Reset a Router page.

Step 3

It is time to find the port forwarding section of the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 router. To do that, we should start on the Basic Home page:

Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 Basic Home

First, click the option of Advanced at the top of the page.

Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 Advanced Home

Once you see the page above, click the option in the left sidebar labeled Advanced Setup.

Then, under that choose the new option of Port Forwarding/Port Triggering.

Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 Port Forwarding and Port Triggering

This takes you to the page you see here.

Make sure the radio button for Port Forwarding is selected.

Next, select the link in the center section of the page labeled Add Custom Service.

Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 Port Forwarding Add Custom Service

This brings you to the page where you can make a port forward entry.

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:

Make up a name to put in the Service Name box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward, it's simply there so you can know why it was created.

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, be sure to click the green Apply button to save your changes.

How to Test Your Ports

It is always a good idea to test the ports you forwarded. One way to do this is to use our Open Port Checker. This is part of our free trial version of the Network Utilities. Our Open Port Checker uses a local application on your network to see if those ports are listening. This gives you a guaranteed yes or no.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions why not look in our forum. We have a lot of additional information in there to help you.

More router specific guides can be found on our site