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Simple Instructions to Help Setup a Port Forward on the SMC SMC7204BRA Router

SMC 7204BRA 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 SMC SMC7204BRA router.
  3. Navigate to the port forwarding section.
    • Click the Services button.
    • Select NAT Rule Entry in the drop down.
    • Click the Add button.
    • Select RDR in the drop down.
  4. Create a port forward entry.

While these steps might seem difficult at first, we will walk you through each step for your SMC 7204BRA 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.

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  • Or follow our Static IP Address guides to setup a static IP address.

After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.

Step 2

Now we are going to login to your SMC 7204BRA 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:


192.168.1.1

In the picture above the address bar has 192.168.1.1 in it. Just replace all of that with the IP address of your SMC 7204BRA 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: 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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You should see a box prompting you for your username and password.

  • The Default SMC SMC7204BRA Router Username is: smc
  • The Default SMC SMC7204BRA Router Password is: smcadmin

Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your SMC 7204BRA router.

SMC Usernames and Passwords

If your username and password do not work then please visit our Default SMC Router Passwords page.

If you still can't login to your router because you forgot your SMC 7204BRA router username and password, use our How to Reset a Router Password guide to set your SMC 7204BRA router back to its factory settings.

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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Click the Services button near the top of the page.

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Select NAT Rule Entry from the NAT Options drop down box.

Click the Add button near the bottom of the page.

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Select RDR from the Rule Flavor drop down box.

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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:

Pick a number that has not yet been used and put it into the Rule ID box.

Verify that IF Name is set to All.

From the Protocol box select the protocol for the ports that you want to forward.

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

The default for Global Address From and Global Address To is set to 192.168.1.1. Leave it like this.

Make sure that Destination Port From, Destination Port To and Local Port is set to Any Other Port.

If you are only forwarding a single port number then enter that number into both the Local Port and the Destination Port From boxes. If you are forwarding a range of ports separated by a hyphen then enter the lowest number of that range into the Local Port box and the highest number of that range into the Destination Port From box.

Click the Submit button when you are all done.

Click the Admin button near the top of the page.

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Click the Commit button near the bottom of the page.

Click the Reboot button near the bottom of the page.

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 SMC 7204BRA you should test to see if your ports are forwarded correctly.

To test if your port has been properly forwarded, you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Our Open Port Check tool is the only online port checking tool with Guaranteed Results.

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