Fastest Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 Router Port Forwarding

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October 19, 2019 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 6 minutes

An important aspect of having a Netgear router on your home network is internet security. In general, routers block incoming internet connections and protect your network by only allowing the connections that you specifically set up. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock certain connections in your router or open a port in order to play a game or use an application. To help you get a better connection for gaming or using an application, you can open a port in your Nighthawk X4S R7800 and allow a direct connection.

In order to open ports in your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router, you need to:

  1. Set up a static IP address on the device or computer you are forwarding these ports to.
  2. Log in to your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router.
  3. Make your way to the Port Forwarding section of the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router.
    • Find the Advanced tab located near the top of the screen and click it.
    • Click on the Advanced Setup tab at the left of the screen.
    • Click Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.
  4. Go ahead and create a Port Forwarding entry.

If the process of forwarding ports in your router seems difficult to you, you are not alone! Do not get discouraged. Let us walk you through the steps for opening a port in the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router. Just follow along as we lead you through the process of opening a port in your router.

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Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address

It is important to set up 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.

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

Step 2 - Login To Your Netgear Router

Log in to your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router. To log in you will need to use a web browser since the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 uses a web interface to access router configurations.

Open up whichever internet browser that you are comfortable with. If you are not sure which one to use, then go ahead and open Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

To help with confusion, we have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your Nighthawk X4S R7800 Router

Once you have opened a web browser, find the address bar which is usually located at the top of the screen. The image below shows an example of this.

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Browser address bar

Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your web browser and type in your router's IP address.

The default IP address for the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router is: 192.168.1.1

Once you have entered your router's IP address in the address bar go ahead and click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box like the one shown below.

Basic Authentication

Enter the username and password for your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.

Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Log In button to login to your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router.

Netgear Usernames and Passwords

If the username and password did not work, go to our Default Netgear Router Passwords page for help.

If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't log in you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. **Note:**After resetting the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router your username and password revert back to factory defaults.

Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section

After successfully logging in to your Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 router you should see the router's home page on your screen. Find the Port Forwarding section of your router.

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This is the home page from your Netgear router.

You should now be on a page called Port Forwarding / Port Triggering.

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This is the port forwarding page from your Netgear router.

Forwarding ports in your router creates a path that allows data to get through your network firewall, and this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. So make sure that you must forward a port before actually doing so. However, the risk is very low, so do not let this warning stop you from making this change if you need to.

Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry

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:

  1. Click on the Add Custom Service button.

  2. Put a name for this forward in the Service 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.

  3. Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. If your router has the option of Both, then choose that. Otherwise, choose either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP and your router does not have Both, then you have to create two entries.

  4. You can enter either a single number or a range of numbers in the External port range box. If you are forwarding a single port number, you can enter it into the External port range box. To forward a range of ports, you can enter the lowest number of that range into the External port range box, followed by a hyphen, followed by the largest number. An example would look like this: 1000-2000.

  5. Put a check in the Use the same port range for Internal port box.

  6. Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the Internal IP address box. It is possible to forward a port to the IP address of your computer or to the IP address of a specific device on your internal network. Or just select it from the list.

  7. Click the Apply button at the top of the page to apply these changes when you are completely finished.

Test If Your Ports Are Open

Finally, I strongly recommend testing to see if you forwarded the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 ports correctly. To do this you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.

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