A SMC SMCWGBR14-N router protects your home network by blocking unwanted incoming internet connections and acting as a basic firewall. Sometimes you need to open a port in your router in order to get a good connection for a game or to use a specific device on your network. The SMCWGBR14-N lets you choose the applications that are allowed to connect through an open port. By opening a port in your router you allow a specific application or game to send data from the internet to your home network.
You need to follow the steps below to open ports in your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router:
- Set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding ports to.
- Go ahead and log in to your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router.
- Find the Gaming section in your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router.
- Click the Advanced tab at the top of the screen.
- Find the Gaming link located near the left of the screen and click on it.
- Go ahead and create a Gaming entry.
If the process of forwarding ports in your router seems difficult to you, you are not alone! Do not get discouraged. Let us walk you through the steps for opening a port in the SMC SMCWGBR14-N router. Just follow along as we lead you through the process of opening a port in your router.
Step 1 - Setup A Static IP Address
Set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to. This is an important step that keeps your ports open even after a reboot, power outage, or another type of device or router disconnect.
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After setting up a static ip address on your devices you need to login to your router.
Step 2 - Login To Your SMC Router
In order to login to the SMC SMCWGBR14-N router you need to use a web browser. The SMC SMCWGBR14-N router uses what is called a web interface where you can access and control router settings.
Go ahead and open up your favorite web browser. If you don't have a favorite or are not sure what this means, open up Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.
If this step is confusing, we have simplified it for you with this link: Login to your SMCWGBR14-N Router
Find the address bar once you have opened up a web browser. This is usually located at the top of the page, like in the image below.
Above is an example of what a web browser address bar looks like. Find the address bar in your web browser and type in your router's IP address.
The SMC SMCWGBR14-N router's default IP address is: 192.168.2.1
After typing your router's IP address into the address bar, make sure to click the enter button on your keyboard. You should see a box similar to the one shown below.
Enter the username and password for your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router. Note: If you have changed these numbers in the past, you will need to enter in the those values.
- The default SMC SMCWGBR14-N Router Username is: Admin
- The default SMC SMCWGBR14-N Router Password is: smcadmin
Once you have entered your username and password, remember to click the Log In button to login to your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router.
SMC Usernames and Passwords
If the username and password did not work, go to our Default SMC Router Passwords page for help.
If, after trying the above list of passwords you still can't log in you may need to consider a reset for your router. Learn how to do that by reading our How to Reset a Router guide. **Note:**After resetting the SMC SMCWGBR14-N router your username and password revert back to factory defaults.
Step 3 - Find The Port Forwarding Section
You should be on the home page of your SMC SMCWGBR14-N router once you have successfully logged in. Find the Gaming section of your router.
- Find the Advanced tab at the top of the screen and click it.
- Click the Gaming link, which is at the left of the screen.
You are now on the Gaming page. Don't let the title of the page fool you, it's just an easier place to forward more than a single port at a time.
Step 4 - Create A Port Forward Entry
Opening a port to a specific device may solve problems that you are having on your network. Make sure that it is necessary though, before opening a port, because you are effectively creating a pinhole in the firewall portion of your router that could lead to malicious traffic on your network. The risk is exceedingly low, though, so don't let this warning stop you from making this change if you need it.
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:
Put a check in the Enabled box.
Make up a name to put in the Name box. The name does not have any effect on the functionality of the forward; it's simply there so you can know why it was created.
In the IP Address box, enter the IP address that you want ports forwarded to. This may be the IP address of your computer or the IP address of another device on your network that you want to forward ports to.
You'll want to enter any TCP ports you want to forward in to the TCP Ports to Open box, and any UDP ports in to the UDP Ports to Open box. Or if you want to keep things simple, just enter all your ports in to both.
- You can forward a single port (eg. 1000), a range of ports (eg. 1000-2000), or a mix of both (eg. 1000, 2000-3000, 4000).
Select Allow All from the Inbound Filter drop-down box.
Choose Always from the Schedule drop-down box.
To finish adding an entry, click on the button called Save.
Remember to click the Save Settings button at the top of the page to apply these changes when you are completely finished.
Test Your Open Ports
Finally, test your network to see if you have forwarded ports in the SMC SMCWGBR14-N router correctly. To do this you can use Network Utilities, which includes a free Open Port Checker tool. Open Port Checker is the only online port-checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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