Your ZTE F612W router protects your home network by limiting incoming connections from the internet. Sometimes it is necessary to unblock some of those connections like when you want to create a direct connection for gaming, use a specific application, or set up a new device on your network. This process is called forwarding or opening a port. In your ZTE F612W router you many need to open a port, which means assigning a port number or set of port numbers to a specific IP address. This routes the incoming data to the correct device on your network.
To open a port in your ZTE F612W router, follow these important steps:
- Go ahead and set up a static IP address on the computer or device that you are forwarding these ports to.
- Login to your ZTE F612W router.
- In your ZTE F612W router, navigate to the Port Forwarding section.
- Click on the Application tab at the left of the screen.
- Click the link labeled Port Forwarding.
- Create a Port Forwarding entry.
The process of opening ports in your router may seem like a difficult task. If so, you are not alone! We are here to help walk you through the steps to open a port in the ZTE F612W router.
In order to keep the ports in your router open, even after a reboot or disconnect, it is important to set up a static IP address in the device that you are forwarding a port to.
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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.
The ZTE F612W router uses a web interface to display router settings. In order to login to the ZTE F612W router you need to use a web browser.
Open 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 you are already in a browser window, go ahead and open up a new tab.
We have simplified this step for you with this link: Login to your F612W Router
Find the address bar in your browser window. This is usually found 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 ZTE F612W router's default IP address is: 192.168.1.254
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.
Go ahead and enter the username and password for the ZTE F612W router in the spaces available. Remember if you have changed them in the past, you need to enter those values.
- The default ZTE F612W Router Username is: admin
- The default ZTE F612W Router Password is: admin
Enter your username and password, and then click the Login button to log in to your ZTE F612W router. If your router's login screen has a Validate Code box like in the image above, you'll need to be sure to properly fill that out too.
ZTE Usernames and Passwords
If the username and password did not work, go to our Default ZTE 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 ZTE F612W router your username and password revert back to factory defaults.
You should be on your routers home page once you complete logging in. Find the Port Forwarding section on the home page of the ZTE F612W router.
- Find the Application tab at the left of the screen and click on it.
- Click on the Port Forwarding link.
You should now be on a page that says Port Forwarding.
Forwarding ports in your router creates a path that allows data to get through your network firewall, and this could lead to malicious traffic on your network. So make sure that you must forward a port before actually doing so. However, the risk is very low, so do not let this warning stop you from making this change if you need to.
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 box marked Enable.
Put a name for this forward in the Name box so that you can remember why you set this forward up. The name does not matter, so pick something that has meaning to you.
Use the Protocol dropdown box to select the protocol type of the ports you are forwarding. If your router has the option of Both, then choose that. Otherwise, choose either TCP or UDP as needed. If you need to forward a port for both TCP and UDP and your router does not have Both, then you have to create two entries.
It's ok to leave the WAN Host IP Address boxes blank.
Choose your internet connection from the WAN drop-down box.
Enter the port number into the WAN Start Port and the WAN End Port boxes to forward a single port. If you are forwarding a range of ports, enter the lowest number of that range into the WAN Start Port box and then enter the highest number of that range into the WAN End Port box.
Make sure that the box called Enable MAC Mapping is not checked.
You need to enter the IP address that you are forwarding ports to into the LAN HostIP Address box. This can be either the IP address of your computer or any other IP address on your network that you want ports forwarded to.
Enter the same values into the LAN Host Start Port and LAN Host End Port boxes that you entered into the WAN Start Port and WAN End Port boxes.
Click the Add button at the bottom of the page when you are completely finished to apply these changes.
Test If Your Ports Are Open
Finally, I strongly recommend testing to see if you forwarded the ZTE F612W ports correctly. To do this you can use our Network Utilities tool, which includes a free Open Port Checker. Open Port Checker is the only online port checking tool that has Guaranteed Results.
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