Your Ubiquiti AirOS router has a firewall that helps protect your local network from unwanted Internet access. The firewall works by blocking the incoming connections to and from the Internet. Some online gaming and applications will run much smoother if you open additional ports. To do this you need to create what is called a port forward.
In this guide I will be showing you how to open a port on the Ubiquiti AirOS router. The steps I will be covering 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. We will be asking for it in Step 4.
After creating a static IP address on the device you are forwarding the ports to, you need to login to the Ubiquiti AirOS user interface. The Ubiquiti AirOS router uses a web user interface which means you need to open a web browser to access it. I recommend picking a web browser you are familiar with such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.
Open up your web browser and find the address bar. It should look something like this:
In the picture above I have circled the address bar for you. Simply replace what is in the address bar with the Ubiquiti AirOS router's IP address.
The default IP address for the Ubiquiti AirOS router 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, you need to find out what the router's IP address is. I recommend using our guide titled How To Find Your Router's IP Address.
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your Ubiquiti AirOS 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:
You should now be logged into the Ubiquiti AirOS router user interface. To help you find the port forwarding section of the user interface we begin on the Main Status page.
On this page, click the Network tab at the top of the page.
You should now see a page like the one above. Select the option of Configure next to Port Forwarding in the center section of the page under LAN Network Settings.
You are now in the correct place to make a port forward entry.
It is now time to enter the port forwarding data into your router. In order to show you how to configure the router we need a little information from you:
(The IP address box above needs to contain the Static IP address you created in Step 1)
Our router simulator shows you exactly what data to enter in your router based on your choices above. We are currently showing the ports for XBox Live. You should fill out the boxes in the router as you see them here:
When you're finished, click Save near the bottom of the screen to save your changes.
Now that you have forwarded ports on the Ubiquiti AirOS 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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