The **Prolink H5201 ** router has a firewall that protects your home network by blocking incoming and outgoing connections that are not authorized. Some online games or programs require additional connections to be opened so they can run smoothly. The process of opening additional ports is called a port forward.
In this guide I will show you exactly how to port forward on the Prolink H5201 . The steps I will show you are:
- how to setup a static IP address on the device you plan on forwarding these ports to.
- how to login to the **Prolink H5201 ** router web interface.
- how to find the port forwarding page in the router's web interface.
- how to setup a port forward for the online game or program of your choice.
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. Download Network Utilities today!
- Another highly recommended way of getting a permanent IP address is to set up a DHCP Reservation.
- Or, follow our Static IP Address Setup guides.
With DHCP reservations you can manage your devices from your router. This centralizes the management of your network and helps prevent IP address conflicts. Using this method you do not have to log in to your devices separately.
TIP: Write this static IP address down for later.
In this step I will show you how to login to the Prolink H5201 router interface. To do this you need to use a web browser because this router uses a web interface. It normally doesn't matter which web browser you use, I recommend picking one you are familiar with such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Edge, or Firefox.
Once you have picked the web browser, open it up and find the address bar. The address bar looks 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 Prolink H5201 IP Address is: 192.168.1.1
If the correct IP address was used you will see a login screen similar to the one here:
If you do not see a login screen of some sort, you need to find out what the IP address is. To do this follow the instructions on our How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
Ultimately you need to enter your router username and password to access the router interface.
- The Default Prolink H5201 Router Username is: admin
- The Default Prolink H5201 Router Password is: password
Press the Login or OK button to access the router's web interface.
This is a pretty common place to get stuck. If you find yourself here, don't panic, there are a few things you can try:
- First, check all the different Prolink default combinations. Here is our list of all known Default Prolink Router Passwords.
- Second, try and guess what the password/username was changed to. Use our Find Password App to make this step easier.
- Finally, if you still are stuck after trying both of the above options, it may be time to consider a factory reset. Learn more about this option on the How to Reset a Router page.
Now that we are logged into the **Prolink H5201 ** router it is time to find the port forwarding section of the interface. To help you with this step we begin on the Status page.
First, click the Firewall option at the top of the page.
This takes you to the page you see above.
Now select the new option near the top of the page labeled Port Forwarding
You are now on the correct page to make a port forward entry.
Click the Enable radio button next to Port Forwarding. Then click Apply Settings and you should be able to create a port forward.
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:
In the Protocol box select the protocol that you want to forward these ports over.
Enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to in the Local IP Address box. This is either the IP address of a computer or the IP address of another device on your network.
In the Setting dropdown box select Interface.
Select an available connection using the Interface dropdown box.
Enter the name of the program into the Comment box. It doesn't really matter what you put into this box, but something that will remind you why these ports are being forwarded is be a good idea.
Make sure that the Enable checkbox is checked.
If you are forwarding a range of ports then you need to enter the lowest number of that range into the left hand Local Port and Public Port boxes and the highest number of that range into the right hand Local Port and Public Port boxes.
If you are forwarding a single port then you can enter that same port number into both of the Local Port and both of the Public Port boxes.
When you are done click the Add button.
Don't forget to click the Add button after each entry and click the Apply Settings to save them all.
Are your the ports you just forwarded really open? An easy way to find out is use our free Open Port Checker. It uses a local application to see if the ports are open or not. This guarantees our port checkers accuracy.
Check out our other guides here. We have a growing list of free gaming, networking, and software guides here at portforward.com.
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