How to Enable Port Forwarding on Your Router for Remote Desktop

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The ports that need to be forwarded for Remote Desktop are listed here:

Remote Desktop - PC

  • TCP: 3389
  • UDP: 3389

Forward Ports for Remote Desktop

You may need to forward ports in your router when you use Remote Desktop. A port forward allows incoming connection requests from the internet to go straight to Remote Desktop.

Routers are not designed to allow incoming network requests. A port forward can overcome this limitation.

Warning: When you forward Remote Desktop to your computer, you are creating an extreme vulnerability risk. Make sure that you have a strong password set on your Windows login and also make sure that all updates are installed. You will also have to open a port in your Windows firewall in order to connect.

Open a Port in Your Windows Firewall

To open a port in your Windows firewall, first, hit the Windows key and type "allow". Next, click on "Allow an app through Windows Firewall". The screenshot below shows you what this step looks like in Windows 10.

Allow an app through Windows Firewall
Allow an app through Windows Firewall

Next, you will need to scroll through the list of apps and find Remote Desktop. Check the box next to Remote Desktop to enable it through your firewall.

Allow apps to communicate through Windows Defender Firewall
Allow apps to communicate through Windows Defender Firewall

Before You Forward a Port

Before forwarding a port make sure that you know these things:

How to Locate Your Router's IP Address

We have free Router Detector software to help you find your router's IP address. The software is part of our Network Utilities suite of tools and it is completely free to use.

If you do not want to run the software, you can follow our Find Your Router IP Address guide.

How To Set Up Port Forwarding for Remote Desktop

We have Network Utilities software that can forward ports for you. With Network Utilities, you can easily forward ports and also un-forward ports quickly so that you can keep your network up to date with the ports that you need forwarded and maximize your network security.

You can also choose to set up port forwards manually. The way to forward a port is:

Some routers need to be rebooted in order for the changes to be saved.

You can choose your router from our list to see exactly how to forward ports for Remote Desktop:

List of Routers - Customized for Remote Desktop

Those are the steps for forwarding ports in your router for Remote Desktop.

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