Fastest Netgear WNR3500 Router Port Forwarding Instructions

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September 19, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 3 minutes

Netgear WNR3500 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network form unwanted access from the internet. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need open a port through it for certain games and applications. This process of opening a port is frequently called a port forward, since you are forwarding a port from the internet to your home network.

The basic process to open a port is:

  1. Setup a static IP address on either your computer or device that you want to forward a port to.
  2. Login to your Netgear WNR3500 router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Port Forwarding / Port Triggering link.
    • Click the Port Forwarding radio button.
    • Click the Add Custom Service button.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your Netgear WNR3500 router.

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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.

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.

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Step 2

Now we are going to login to your Netgear WNR3500 router. Your router has a web interface, so you will login to it using your web browser. This can be either Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Edge. It usually does not matter which browser you choose to use.

Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:

Image of a browser address bar
Browser address bar

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 WNR3500 IP Address is: 192.168.1.1

After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:

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Screenshot of Netgear WNR3500v2.

You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Netgear WNR3500 router.

Netgear Usernames and Passwords

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Step 3

Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the first page in your router:

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Screenshot of Netgear WNR3500v2.

Click the Port Forwarding / Port Triggering link near the left of the page.

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Screenshot of Netgear WNR3500v2.

Put a dot into the Port Forwarding radio button.

Click the Add Custom Service button near the center of the page.

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Screenshot of Netgear WNR3500v2.

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:

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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 Service Type box.

If you are forwarding a single port, enter that port number into the Starting Port and the Ending Port boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the Starting Port box. Then enter the highest number of that range into the Ending Port box.

Enter the IP address of the device that you want to forward ports to into the Server IP Address box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network.

Click the Apply button when you are finished.

Your ports should now be open. It is time to test them.

Test if Your Ports are Open

Now that you have forwarded ports on the Netgear WNR3500 you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

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