Thomson Alcatel TWG-870 routers include a very basic firewall that helps protect your home network from unwanted Intrnet activity. Since this firewall blocks incoming connections you may need to 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.
I will walk you through each of the four steps of port forwarding These steps are:
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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.
Write this static IP address down for Step 4
It is now time to login to the Thomson Alcatel TWG-870 router. To do this you need to open up a web browser. I recommend picking the one you are most familiar with such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. It usually doesn't matter which web browser you decide to use.
Once you have opened up your web browser, find the address bar. It should look something like this:
As you can see in the image above, I have circled the address bar for you. You simply need to enter your router's IP address in this space.
Remember the router's IP address can also be called the computer's default gateway.
The default Thomson Alcatel TWG-870 IP address is: 192.168.0.1
After entering the IP address of your router you can simply press enter. If all goes well you will see the following screen:
You should see a box prompting you for your username and password. If you do not see a login screen, it means your router has a different IP address than the one you used. To find out what the router's IP address is follow the instructions on this How To Find Your Router's IP Address page.
Enter your username and password, and then click the OK button to log in to your Thomson Alcatel TWG-870 router.
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:
Now we need to find the port forwarding section in your router. Here's how you do it. Starting from the Status page in your router interface:
On this page, click the Advanced option at the top of the page.
Now look in the left sidebar. Click the option labeled Forwarding.
Congratulations, you have found the port forwarding section of the device interface.
Now we are ready to enter some data in your router. In order to show you exactly how to configure your router we need you to answer two questions:
(Make sure the IP address box above contains the static IP address you created in Step 1)
Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on the choices you made above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. If this is correct, go ahead and fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:
When you're finished, click Apply at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Thomson Alcatel TWG-870 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.
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.
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