In this guide we walk you through the steps in creating a port forward on the Netgear WNR2000 router.
The Netgear WNR2000 routers have a very basic firewall included that helps to protect your home network from the Internet. By design a firewall blocks all incoming and outgoing connections to the Internet unless otherwise specified. Sometimes you need a connection to go through in order to play a game or run an application. Unblocking a connection is referred to as opening a port or port forwarding.
The basic process to open a port on the Netgear WNR2000 is:
- Setup a Static IP Address on the computer or device you are forwarding these ports for.
- Login to your Netgear WNR2000 router.
- Find the port forwarding section.
- Click the Port Forwarding / Port Triggering link.
- Click the Add Service button.
- Make a port forward entry.
These steps may seem complicated, but we will walk you through each of them so you can get your ports opened on the Netgear WNR2000 router.
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 Static IP Setter will set up a static IP address for you.
- Another way to get a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP reservation.
- Or, manually create a static ip address with our Static IP Guides.
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.
It is time to login to the Netgear WNR2000 router. In order to make changes to the router you need to use it's web interface. To do this you need to open a web browser. It doesn't matter which one you use, simply pick your favorite. Some common ones include:
- Internet Explorer
Open up the web browser of your choice and find the address bar. Normally it is along the top of the page like this:
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 WNR2000 IP Address is: 10.0.0.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see this screen:
You should now see a box asking you for the username and password.
- The Default Netgear WNR2000 Router Username is: admin
- The Default Netgear WNR2000 Router Password is: password
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Netgear WNR2000 router.
Netgear Usernames and Passwords
Are the username and password not working? Try some of the other Netgear usernames and passwords. You can find them on our Default Netgear Router Passwords page.
Are you still unable to login to the Netgear WNR2000 router? It may be because you have changed the username and password in the past and forgotten what they were. It might be time to consider a reset. A reset reverts everything back to factory defaults. Learn more about it here in our How to Reset a Router Password guide.
It is now time to find the port forwarding section of the Netgear WNR2000 router. Starting from the first page in your router:
Select the Port Forwarding/Port Triggering option in the left sidebar.
Now, you should see the above page. Click the Add Service button in the center section of the page.
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:
Create a name for this forward and put it in the Service Name box. The name is only used as a reminder and has no effect on the port forward.
The protocol that you want to forward is selected from the Protocol box.
If you are just forwarding a single port number then you can simply enter that same number into both the Starting Port and the 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 Starting Port box and then enter highest number into the Ending Port box.
You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Server IP Address box. It's possible for this to be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.
Click the Apply button when you are all done.
Make sure to click the Apply button to save each entry.
Test if Your Ports are Open
After you have forwarded ports on the Netgear WNR2000 router you need to test them to see if they were forwarded correctly.
To see if the ports you forwarded were done correctly you can use our Network Utilities tool. It includes a free Open Port Checker, which is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.
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