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:
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.
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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.
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:
Open up the web browser of your choice and find the address bar. Normally it is along the top of the page like this:
This particular address bar has the numbers 10.0.0.1 in it. No matter what is in this bar, replace it with the Netgear WNR2000 IP Address. Keep in mind that sometimes a router's default IP Address is called the computer's default gateway.
Once you have entered the router's IP Address, click the Enter key on your keyboard. At this point you should get a new box
In the picture above the address bar has 10.0.0.1 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your Netgear WNR2000 router. Your router's ip address can also be refered to as your computer's default gateway.
By default the IP address is set to: 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.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Netgear WNR2000 router.
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.
Congratulations, you made it to the port forwarding section of the page. You are now ready to enter in the appropriate data to forward the port or ports you want forwarded. In order for us to show you exactly what you need to enter, answer the following 2 questions.
(The IP Address above is the Static IP Address you setup in Step 1)
Below is our router simulator, it shows you exactly what info to enter in your router based on the choices you gave above. Currently we are showing ports for XBox Live. Simply fill out the boxes in your router as you see them here:
Make sure to click the Apply button to save each entry.
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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