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How to Port Forward a Netgear R8500 Router

Your router, the Netgear R8500, has a firewall that helps to protect your network from unwanted access from the Internet. The firewall blocks all but a few ports to protect you. There are times that you need additional ports opened in order to run a program or game more smoothly. This process of unblocking or opening a port is commonly called a port forward.

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

  • Step 1 How to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
  • Step 2 How to login to the Netgear R8500 router.
  • Step 3 How to navigate to the port forwarding section of the router.
  • Step 4 How to create a port forward entry.


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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 R8500 router. To do this you need to open a web browser because the router uses a web interface menu. It doesn't matter which web browser you decide to open. We suggest using either Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Once you have picked your web browser, go ahead and open it up and find the address bar. Typically the address bar is at the top of the page like this:


192.168.1.1

We have circled the address bar for you in the image above. All you have to do is enter the router's IP address in the address bar. Sometimes the router's IP address is called the Default Gateway.

If you have changed the router's IP address in the past and don't remember what you changed it to, you need to follow the instructions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.

The default IP address for the Netgear R8500 router is: 192.168.1.1

After typing the router's IP address into the address bar, simply click the Enter key on your keyboard. This should open up an authentication page like this:

Netgear R8500 default login

You are in the right place if you see a space for a username and password.

  • The Default Netgear R8500 Router Username is: admin
  • The Default Netgear R8500 Router Password is: password

Having Trouble?

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

  • First, try other Netgear usernames and passwords. It is possible you have a slightly different firmware version with a different username and password. Check out our list of Default Netgear Router Passwords here.
  • If that did not work, we recommend trying to guess what you changed it to. You have most likely changed the username and or password in the past and don't recall what you changed it to. If you need help with this, use our Find Password App. It will help you figure out what the lost password is. Learn more about this on our Router Password Cracker page.
  • Finally, if nothing else is working, you may need to consider a factory reset. A reset like this one is a big step and should not be taken lightly. We strongly recommend trying other troubleshooting methods before you continue. If you still think you need to reset the Netgear R8500 router then follow the instructions on this How to Reset a Router.

Step 3

Now let's find the port forwarding section of the Netgear R8500 router. We begin on the Basic Home page of the Netgear R8500 router:

Netgear R8500 Basic Home

Click the ADVANCED tab at the top of the page.

Netgear R8500 Advanced Home

Now click the option of Advanced Setup in the left sidebar.

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

Netgear R8500 Port Forwarding and Port Triggering

Finally select the option in the center section labeled Add Custom Service.

Netgear R8500 Port Forwarding Add Custom Service

You are now on the correct page to create 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:

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.

Select the required protocol for these ports from the Service Type dropdown box.

If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the External Starting Port and the External Ending Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the External Starting Port box and the highest number of that range into the External Ending Port box.

Enable the Use the same port range for Internal port checkbox by putting a check in it.

Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Internal IP Address box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Testing the Port Forward

When testing the port forward you just created, we recommend using our Open Port Checker. It is part of our FREE trial version of the Network Utilities. Our port checker will use a local application to see if the server is listening. This will positively confirm whether or not the ports are forwarded or not.

Additional Information...

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